Repair cafes are about building local capacity and skills in repair in local communities across Auckland.
Upcoming Events (updated 19th Feb 2018)
Please let us know if you would like to run a repair cafe in your community we have a trailer of resources and a manual for event planning to share 🙂
If you would like to host a Repair Cafe contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Information for Repair Cafe enthusiast
We would like to explain a bit about Repair Cafes. This initiative originates in Holland as a community response to our wasteful society and items once broken just even a tad go rather to the landfill instead of repair. One reason for this is that skilled experts need to make a living and have to charge often more than the price of new cheap items produced in a low wage country. This is where the Repair Cafe steps in with its sole volunteer free-of-charge from the community in the community for community approach. Some general information and great videos how they work all over the world can be seen here https://repaircafe.org/en/about/
Q and A below.
Q: Is there a permanent Repair Cafe and where is it?
A: There is NO permanent Repair Cafe in Auckland. A small number of international examples may help to guide some New Zealanders to set up one along this example here http://www.edinburghremakery.org.uk/
Q: When is the next one happening?
A: For those of you in Auckland it’s best to follow information shared through https://www.facebook.com/Repair2017 or through the website https://repaircafeauckland.com/ If you’re outside of Auckland then best to google, check meet-up or the international websitehttps://repaircafe.org/en/visit/
Q: Can I bring an item?
A: Yes you can but there’ no guarantee that a Repair Cafe have experts that have knowledge beyond general repair knowledge. In general, people appreciate an opinion of someone without financial interest.
Q: Can you dispose of my item if it is not repaired?
A: Absolutely not. you have to take responsibility for your item.
Q: Are repairs really free?
A: There are several parts to this answer – yes, in general, they are free. If your repair item needs a specific replacement part, other than a screw or solder for example, then that is a cost the owner of the item has to bear.
Q: Does it cost to set one up?
A: If you live in Auckland, we hold three licenses and have negotiated with the Repair Cafe Head Office in Holland that this suffices to organize all to flow in Auckland.
Q: How can I set up a Repair Cafe or be involved in setting one up?
A: Just do it. We have a number of people who now have set up a few Repair Cafes and gathered a bit of experience. we are happy to share this experience with you.
Q: Can I be a helper or volunteer?
A: Absolutely yes. We are delighted that you are interested in helping Repair Cafes to thrive from a volunteer perspective. The volunteers are the most important part of this, no skilled volunteers no Repair Cafe. We are currently building a simple Repair Cafe volunteer database. the overall goal is to find local skilled experts but the other goal is to include as many and diverse people in the process so they can spread “the bug” and potentially become a repairer in their own community.
Q: What is the best contact for the Auckland Repair Cafe?
A: Please email us here – or pass this email address on to a friend who wants to get in touch: RepairCafeAuckland@gmail.com
We welcome your feedback and encourage you to stay in touch, to think about organizing a Repair Cafe in your community and we will be happy to assist with advice as good as we can within our mainly volunteer roles.
Have a great Repair Cafe journey and maybe see you at one of the next ones.