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