Repair cafes are community events which match people with broken household items with skilled volunteers or specialists who like fixing things.
Repair cafes are all about changing the way household items are viewed as throw-away when they get broken or stop working. By fixing these items we get not only to reduce consumerism but also we all build valuable skills as we learn how to fix them, making us all part of a circular economy which focuses on reuse rather than dispose.
Other organisations also run repair cafes, and local Repair Café events will be promoted below. Nelson City Council also has contestable waste minimisation grants which could be used by groups wanting to set up this type of activity. The NZ Repair Café organisation will also be running webinars on how to set up Repair Cafes later in the year.
There are regular repair café activities available in Nelson.
Silver Service Repair Café every Tuesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Habitat For Humanity, 166 Tahunanui Drive. www.ststephens.nz/50plus/
The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum will be running regular repair cafes with support from Nelson City Council. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Repair-Caf%C3%A9-by-the-Nelson-Tasman-Climate-Forum-103723802232796/events/?ref=page_internal
If you’d like to know more, contact Rethinkwaste@ncc.govt.nz