What is a Repair Café?

Repair Cafes are free pop-up events where local people bring in their broken and damaged belongings and local volunteer experts do their best to repair them. Repair Cafés are a growing movement and in 2022 Repair Café Aotearoa New Zealand (RCANZ) was created with the aim to develop and connect, inform, and support the network of people and organisations around New Zealand who organise community repair events in. There are currently 34 Repair Cafés (and rising) in Aotearoa New Zealand.

About Palmerston North Repair Café.

Palmerston North Repair Café is set to launch September 24th at Te Manawa with the support of Environment Network Manawatū, PNCC, MENZSHED, SuperGrans Manawatū and other community organisations. The café will work in cooperation with local businesses with the overall goal of improving accessibility to and understanding of repair, repurpose and recycling opportunities within the city as a means of reducing waste and engendering local resilience, connection, and cohesion.

Depending on the skills and passions of Repair Café volunteers on the day, items mended and saved from landfill can include clothing, toys, household items, bikes, books, wooden items, jewellery, computers and more. We are looking for more volunteers with specialist skills to help us repairing.

What we can’t repair in our current space: anything requiring power tools, electrical repairs (other than battery operated items) or anything taking away work from professional repair companies. If you can’t carry it in, we won’t fix it.

This is a free event, but we ask for a koha/donation for repairs. We will have a café with $1 koha for each piece of food or drink.

Important Dates:

The repair café will be help on the last Saturday of each month (December is earlier due to holidays)

Saturday 24 September 10am-1.30pm    @Te Manawa - Te Rangahau Curiosity & Lab (event room)

Saturday 29 October      10am-1.30pm    @Te Manawa - Te Rangahau Curiosity & Lab (event room)

Saturday 26 November 10am-1.30pm    @Te Manawa - Foyer

Saturday 17 December  10am-1.30pm    @Te Manawa - Te Rangahau Curiosity & Lab (event room)


Contact Nelson Harper, Manawatū River Source to Sea Coordinator with any questions on manawatu.river@source2sea.org.nz 
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