Hands up – who wants a Kerikeri Men’s Shed?

The Rotary Club of Kerikeri wants to know if there’s an appetite locally for the establishment of a Men’s Shed, a place where ordinary blokes can gather to socialise and use their handyman skills for the benefit of the wider community.

It is asking people to register their interest through the ‘Volunteer’ tab in the Get Involved section of the Club’s website and to let Rotary know if they have any particular interests, skills or equipment that they would be willing to contribute to the project. Alternatively, people can call John Graham on 09-4079510 or email the club secretary on secretary@kerikerirotaryclub.org.

A community meeting to discuss the concept and to establish a steering committee will be held at the Kerikeri RSA at 10am on Tuesday 11 November. Anyone interested in the project is welcome to attend.

Kerikeri Rotarians are leading an initiative to establish a Men's Shed in the town.

Kerikeri Rotarians are leading an initiative to establish a Men’s Shed in the town.

Men’s Sheds are typically workshops where the men of a community can gather to share and teach their skills and work on personal or community projects either individually or as a group. Most Sheds around New Zealand take on some community projects and examples include building playgrounds for pre-school centres, repairing toy library stock, fixing old bicycles for distribution to needy communities and building planter boxes for the local central business district.

“Men’s Shed is a great place for blokes to learn new skills,” said Rotary Club of Kerikeri President Bruce Mathieson. “Builders teach engineers some of their skills and visa-versa, while accountants can learn a plethora of skills they never had the opportunity to carry out in their working life. Many Sheds also have ladies sessions, where women can learn any practical skills in which they might be interested.”

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For enquiries please contact:

Peter Heath, Due North
09-4074695 / 021-456353

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