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Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel’s not quite right? Or with a hem that has come undone? Toss it? No way! instead come along to Repair Café Te Puke held on the 2nd Saturday of the month (March – Nov) between 9am – 12.30pm here at The Orchard.

**Now with Car Boot Sale/Market – $5 per “boot” register with vanessa on REPAIRCAFE@THEORCHARDCHURCH.CO.NZ**

Dates for 2020: 14th March, 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November.

Repair Cafe Fixing Things

What is a Repair Café?
Repair Cafés are meeting places where people repair things together. At the Repair Café you’ll find expert volunteers with repair skills in all kinds of areas along with the tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. We can help you with clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, small appliances, toys, etc. Best of all it’s free of charge!

People visiting the Repair Café are invited to bring along broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery… anything that is broken/not working as it should is welcome. Our Repair Café specialists will take a look; they almost always have the know-how and tools so together they can help you make the repair. There’s also an IT help station so people can learn how to do things on their smartphone, tablet or computer.

If you have nothing to repair, you’re welcome to come along can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or even 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 2Repair Café is also a great way to put our community in touch with each other in a new way. People will discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home, right here at Repair Café Te Puke. Vanessa (a Repair Cafe Coordinator) says “If you repair a bike, a CD player or a pair of trousers together with a previously unfamiliar neighbour, then next time you run into that person on the street or in a shop you already have a connection making conversation easier.”

The Repair Café also 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. Repairs can save money and resources, as well as help minimize CO2 emissions and landfill. “But above all, our Repair Café just wants to show our community how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.”

We look forward to meeting you at our Repair Cafe Te Puke

Do you have repairing or hosting skills? Can you use a screwdriver or know how to glue things, sew on a button, make a barista coffee, teach someone how to send a text? Then we would welcome your help. Come along to a Repair Cafe and see how it all happens and talk to Vanessa Hudson about how you can get involved. Or use our contact form here to get in touch.

Repair Café Foundation

The Repair Café concept arose in the Netherlands, in 2009, and was formulated by Martine Postma, at the time an Amsterdam based journalist/publicist. In 2010, she started the Repair Café Foundation (see This foundation provides support to local groups around the world wishing to start their own Repair Café. The foundation also supports the Repair Café in Te Puke.

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