The Whangamata Community Menzshed was established in 2017 by a small group of men and women to meet a demand and has steadily developed and expanded.
The Whangamata Menzshed is located at the Whangamata Area School, we are grateful to Principal Alastair Luke who is very supportive of Menzshed and its activities, we continue to work hard to expand on what we have achieved on this site.
Numbers continue to grow with approximately 35 active members, the main purpose of Menzshed is to provide and expand an environment where senior (but not limited to) men and women are able to undertake practical projects in a safe encouraging workshop area to enjoy camaraderie and goodwill.
Members enjoy the following:
• Congeniality, coming together for a cup of tea and chat
• Self projects, fixing stuff and group activities (carving)
• Projects/service, a group or team of interested members undertake community projects
The Whangamata Community Menzshed offers support and expertise in a practical way to a wide range of community organisations, these include:
• RSA Remembrance Poppies and Kids Halloween experience
• RSA Welfare Officer (offering support to those who need building assistance)
• Community Services Trust office refurbishment
• Whangamata Theatre Society “Stepping Out” set
• Humphrey the Seal
• Moana House Sensory Gardens
• Wharekawa Lodge Opoutere , deck and showers
• Whangamata Surf Club (storage boxes)
• Onemana Surf Club (life buoy boxes)
• Local scout group (tuck boxes)
• Whangamata Fire Services (storage boxes and steps)
• Rat traps
• Family memorial seats
• Rainbow House construction of children’s furniture
Recent, smaller projects and services include:
• Assembly of garden sheds and barbecues
• Moving furniture/appliances for elderly residents
• Setting up a wedding venue on the beach
• Dolls House floors reconstruct for Whangamata Playcentre
Support community projects and events such as Beach Hop, Brits on the Beach, Hope walk/run, Lions events
Whangamata Community Menzshed is affiliated to the NZ Menzshed Inc (the segment below is taken from the NZ Menzshed website).
MENZSHED New Zealand is the body which represents and supports sheds nationwide. We aim to: Bring sheds together to enable them to establish relationships and collaborate where appropriate. Promote the concept to communities without sheds, and support groups as they go through the establishment phase – and this includes linking new groups with nearby established sheds and our team of regional representatives.
Establish national sponsor relationships. Sheds often initiate relationships at a local level too.
Encourage sheds to act autonomously. We encourage sheds to make their own decisions and rules but we have resources to assist.
Operate at minimal cost to sheds. Member sheds pay a $25.00 annual fee.
Organise national conferences, which are currently on a two year cycle.
Allow sheds to drive the organisation rather than the organisation driving the sheds.
What is a Men’s Shed?
We are often asked what a Men’s Shed (hereafter simply referred to as a “shed”) is, and the answer can be long! But to put it in a rather large nutshell, a shed brings men together in one community space to share their skills, have a laugh, and work on practical tasks individually (personal projects) or as a group (for the shed or community).
The sort of projects a shed tackles is entirely up to the shed concerned, however most sheds around New Zealand take on some community projects, examples of which include building playgrounds for pre-school centres, repairing toy library stock, repairing old bikes for distribution to poorer communities, building planter boxes for the main street of the local central business district, and the list goes on.
Many couples find that after retirement, the shock of suddenly being with each other every waking (and sleeping) hour can cause friction, so the shed is a great place to escape the stresses of “underfoot syndrome”, and the result is that women are among the most ardent supporters of Sheds.
Men are known to have smaller circles of friends than women, so the Shed offers opportunities to foster new friendships outside the social circles their partners establish. One Sheddie once stated, after 10 months of development of his local Shed with a membership of more than fifty; “Ten months ago none of us knew each other, but now it feels like we all went to kindergarten together!”
On a more serious note, men’s sheds are an ideal place for health professionals to gain access to men who may otherwise not take as much care of themselves as they could, and many Sheds invite them to give informational talks and basic health checks at the Shed in the men’s own environment where they feel the informality makes for a more relaxed atmosphere.
To learn more about MENZSHED NEW ZEALAND visit their website here.
Local Shed Liaison
Shed Management & Projects
Assistant Minute Secretary
Heath and safety
Grants and IT
Engineering & Metalwork Projects
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