Repair Cafe Page

Repair Cafe

Repair Café Te Puke is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month (March – Nov) between 10am – 1pm here at The Orchard.

Dates for 2018: 10th March, 14th April, 12th May, 9th June, 14th July, 11th August, 8th September, 13th October, 10th November

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 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