MenShed Team May Report

During May 2023 the MenShed Team met at the Wanaka Community Workshop each Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to midday. Our average attendance was 14 and over the month the volunteers contributed almost 360 hours – equivalent to 9 full time person weeks.

We had no work related accidents or near misses.

Over May the team completed:

  • Bookshelf for Wanaka Plunket
  • Picnic tables for Bike Wanaka
  • 15 weta hotels for Te Kakano Community Nursery
  • Exterior door for the Salvation Army shop
  • A coffin for the Wanaka Death Cafe
  • Wooden work bench for the Workshop.

These products utilised some 310kg of material which would have otherwise be dumped in the landfill.

We also distributed pallet chairs at each of the bus stops serving Wanaka as part of the trial of a community bus service.

Continuing Projects

We continue working on the following projects; six standard lilliput libraries for Friends of Wanaka Library, Korimiko and Wanaka Pre School, a lilliput library of a unique design for Next Chapter book store, mobile storage box’s for Hawea Pre School, a food bank for Community Link – Networks, Riddling Racks and Dog Kennel for individuals as well as a metal engineering work bench for the Workshop.

Events & Working With Other Organisations

In addition members of the MenShed Team outside of their normal workshop times supported the day to day operation of the Wanaka Backyard Trapping trap library, hosted MINT at their monthly practical training, supported the Wastebusters Repair event at the Workshop, meet with members of the Death Cafe regarding their use of the Workshop to build coffins, meet with members of the Upper Clutha Home Schooling group regarding their use of the Workshop, meet with representatives of the Backcountry Trust regarding fabrication of water tank stands for a number of backcountry huts.

Donations & Support

During May the Workshop received a range of donations including building materials including wood, paint and associate tools. We were also advised that Wheels a Wanaka, an event supported by members of the MenShed Team has donated $5000 to the Workshop.

Finally thanks to JimBob for providing baking each week to enhance our morning tea. Great job JimBob!