Repair Café spares landfill, connects people

A kitchen blender, broken bike lights and button-less pants were given new life at Nelson’s latest Repair Café. 

Held at the Greenmeadows Centre in Stoke, the event coincided with International Repair Day on 16 November.

Co-organiser of the event, Carlo Wiegand, says the day was a positive community event aimed to keep things out of landfills.

Volunteers with a broad range of skills helped people repair small, transportable things that could be repaired within a timeframe of around 20 minutes.

“It was a 100% free community exchange, although we got some friendly koha,” he says.

Not only did people get their stuff fixed, but they also learned how to do it.

“The idea is that people stick around and see it being fixed… there’s a big focus on community building and empowering people and the big thing is, things don’t go to the landfill.”

The event was a collaboration between the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum and the Nelson City Council.

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