Repair cafes are about building local capacity and skills in repair, in local communities across Auckland.

cropped-ac-rc-2017.jpgFree pop-up events where people bring damaged items and local volunteer experts sit down with them to do their best to repair them. Repair Café Auckland can support you to plan & host a local repair café at your community facility or attend one at another site

If you would like to host a Repair Cafe in your  Local community we can provide a trailer full of tools and resources and a manual to help with your event

Upcoming Events (updated Wednesday 21st  November 2018)

Unfortunately the Otara waterways and Lakes Trust- neat streets scheduled for the 8th of December has had to be postponed as maintenance work at the Community Centre will not be completed in time.

 24.11.2018 – Pakuranga community Hall, 346 Pakuranga Road – (1:00 – 3:30pm)

 Next year…

 09.03.2019 Bayview Community Centre (12 – 3pm)

16.03.2019 Mahurangi Wastebusters – Matakana Hall – (2pm – 4.30pm)

31.03.2019 Whangaparaoa Community Hub –

06.04.2019 Highbury House, Birkenhead – (110 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead)


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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

Q: When is the next one happening?

A: For those of you in Auckland it’s best to follow information shared through or through the website If you’re outside of Auckland then best to google, check meet-up or the international website

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:

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.






Repair Café events and coverage

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This  Auckland repair café initiative is a collaboration between Auckland North Community & Development and Global Action Plan Oceania http://www.globalactionplanoceania.comWe’re being supported by Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund, to

provide access to shared resources and knowledge that can be used by other organizations and community groups to establish and run Repair Cafes in their own neighbourhoods.”

The key to the success of a Repair cafe event is the recruitment and engagement of skilled, passionate and inspired local volunteers who are passionate about the idea and want to be part of it.

Please get in contact via email, and check out the next event on the Calendar.



Repair Cafés are free pop up events where people bring broken and damaged belongings and local volunteer experts sit down with them and do their best to repair them. They are all about bringing people together, connecting local people in their communities with others who are happy to share their skills and knowledge, saving people money and reducing the amount of material that ends up in our landfills.

Repair Café Auckland has supported 18 Repair Café events with 12 different community partners in 13 different locations across Tāmaki Makaurau from Matakana down to Papakura.

We estimate that the 18 events held so far have saved guests $60,760.00 on the cost it would have been to replace the 669 repaired items.

On average around 100 people attend each event over the course of the two to three hours they run and typically 15-25 volunteers share their skills and time at events.

We have fixed a lot of items, keeping at least 669 items from heading off to landfill but more importantly, we have got people thinking about their relationship with their belongings.

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Repair Café Auckland has been supported by a steering group consisting of Matthew Luxon from Envision, Janet Cole from the Kaipatiki Environment Project, Andrew & Jane Walters from Global Action Plan Oceania and Stephen McLuckie from Auckland North Community and Development.