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.
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.