Fix it, don’t throw it away at Repair Cafe

Handymen and women are being sought for Mahurangi Wastebusters’ first Repair Cafe next month to help residents fix broken items instead of throwing them away.

Organisers are looking for volunteers who can help to mend a diverse range of items at the Matakana

Community Hall on Saturday September 16 from 2-5pm.

People will be encouraged to bring along small pieces of furniture or electrical appliances, bicycles, toys, crockery, clothes, socks for darning, and knives and tools for sharpening.

Angie Gibbons of Mahurangi Wastebusters says that as this is the group’s first such event, they can’t guarantee that everything brought along will be fixed, but it should be a fun learning experience for everyone.

“It’s an ongoing learning process and, even if you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job,” she says.

“Repairs are by donation, so it’s a great way to get a heap of things repaired for very little cost!”

Anyone who can help with any kind of repair should email Angie at, mentioning their skills. They are also looking for a certified person to test and tag any electrical items on the day.


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