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Coming soon to The Orchard…Repair Café Te Puke

We are in the planning stages for the first Repair Café Te Puke to be held on the 10th March 2018 here at The Orchard. This is a fantastic opportunity to reach out into our community in a practical way. If this first repair cafe proves a success we hope to hold Repair Cafe’s on the second Saturday of every month.

Repair Cafe Fixing ThingsWhat is a Repair Café?
Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things together. At the Repair Café you’ll find expert volunteers with repair skills in all kinds of fields along with the tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, small appliances, toys, etc.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. In the Repair Café, they start making their repairs, together with the specialists. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job.

Repair Cafe Fixing Things 3Why a Repair Café?
We throw away vast amounts of stuff. Even things with almost nothing wrong, which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill that is quickly being lost. Society doesn’t always show much appreciation for the people who still have this practical knowledge, their skills are often under appreciated. The Repair Café changes all that!

Repair Cafe Fixing Things 2The Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light, and to, once again, appreciate their value. The Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society.

But most of all, the Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is when working in community with those who know how!

We are looking for volunteers to help in the following areas;
Welcome Hosts, Café, Promotions/Media, Electricians, Seamstress, Jewellery Repair, General Handymen – repairing furniture, toys, china etc, IT Help, Bicycles, other fixing tables?

If you want to be a part of The Orchard’s Repair Café Te Puke or have questions please talk to Bernard Satherley or Vanessa Hudson (you can usually catch either of us after the service on a Sunday) or email us on

Here is a video from the original Repair Cafe in The Netherlands which gives you a good idea of what we hope the Repair Cafe Te Puke will be like: watch it here Repair Cafe Netherlands