Wānaka Community Workshop News

  • Picnic tables on the way

    Picnic tables on the way

    This week the MenShed team at the Wanaka Community Workshop are completing a couple of picnic tables. Built from upcycled materials which had a previous life as scaffolding, the picnic tables will soon have a new life in the outdoors. We at the Workshop appreciate the donation of building materials by firms and members of…

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  • Less clutter at Hawea

    Less clutter at Hawea

    This week Sue completed a job for the Hawea Flat Primary School. The job involved using recycled timber to create a series of wooden box’s to store kids toys and education materials. Each is mounted on caster wheels so that they can be easily moved about. The wooden box’s are the latest in a number…

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  • Protect your post

    Protect your post

    The Wanaka Community Workshop regularly benefit from donations of timber from building firms involved with the vibrant construction sector operating across the Upper Clutha. This week Barry from the MenShed team created a new product from the materials provided. The result is a range of graceful letterbox’s. They are now available for sale through our…

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  • Cup Library for Meditation Event at the Wānaka Recreation Centre

    Cup Library for Meditation Event at the Wānaka Recreation Centre

    To combat single use coffee cups Maria asked us to make up a Cup Library where clean cups (in this case sourced from Wastebusters Wānaka) could be hung up for use at gatherings, the idea is the dirty cups are put back in crates on the floor then cleaned and put back on the board.…

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  • School Holiday Programme visits the Workshop again

    School Holiday Programme visits the Workshop again

    We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day during the school holidays for the QLDC Sport and Recreation’s Wānaka-based holiday programme visit in September. Everyone went home with a toolbox they’d made themselves and some hug smiles. Thanks to Allan, Taj, Alan and Barrie for all the mahi cutting the parts, making the nailing…

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  • August 2023 – Wānaka Community Workshop

    August 2023 – Wānaka Community Workshop

    We had a great August. With spring just around the corner we had a few members off sick with winter maladies but enjoyed some beautiful sunny days at the Workshop. Projects Completed Hours New Members Welcomed We signed up 11 new members this month and are getting close to the magic 100 paid up members.…

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  • The Workshop Hosts Dillastrate at Rhyme & Reason’s First Outdoor Gig

    The Workshop Hosts Dillastrate at Rhyme & Reason’s First Outdoor Gig

    Friday 15th September saw Dillastrate and The Emily Alice Band perform in the Wānaka Community Workshop yard. Rhyme & Reason, the brewery next door, pulled out all the stops to organise an amazing outdoor event combining the outside area of their area with ours to create a safe and secure outdoor venue with excellent music…

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  • Food Stand for Wānaka Primary School

    Food Stand for Wānaka Primary School

    Debbie at Wānaka Primary School contacted us regarding building a Food Stand for their Environment Group. Barrie and the team recycled a bunch of pallets into the main body and we made our first attempt at a standard way of reusing bike wheels, something I’ve wanted to do for ages. Living in a big mountain…

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  • Mud Kitchen for KidsFirst Lake Hāwea

    Mud Kitchen for KidsFirst Lake Hāwea

    Lets face it, kids generally love mud. The combination makes for great play. This week the team at the Wo(Men)Shed finished a mud kitchen. It is destined for the local KidsFirst local pre school. Designed to be located outdoors in the playground the kitchen provides easy access to a shelf, basins and of course the…

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  • Wānaka Rec  Kids Holiday Programme Winter 2023

    Wānaka Rec Kids Holiday Programme Winter 2023

    We were lucky enough to have two teams of smaller builders come to the workshop last week with the Wānaka Rec Centre Holiday Programme. They bought their own hammers and used them with gusto. Allan had pre-prepared the components for the Small Crate Project we have been developing as a standard project lesson we can…

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  • The Adventure Film School Visits the Wānaka Community Workshop

    The Adventure Film School Visits the Wānaka Community Workshop

    In June we had the Adventure Film School, which is adjunct to the Mountain Film Festival in Wānaka, visit our Community Workshop. The students and Ross Mackay, their tutor, were amazing and everyone had a great time. Check out the video – it really sums up what we are about.

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  • MenShed team in July

    MenShed team in July

    July was a great month for the MenShed team at the Wanaka Community Workshop. Team members hosted 24 kids undertaking a holiday program with the Wanaka Recreation Centre. Each went home with a small wooden crate. We also hosted 9 folk from MINT who each went home with a bird feeder. During July the team…

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  • Lots of Lilliput’s

    Lots of Lilliput’s

    The Upper Clutha community is a community that reads. The evidence is that the Wanaka Community Workshop is full of Lilliput Libraries. The libraries each containing a small book exchange are popping up all over the town. Four new libraries at the Workshop will be managed by the Friends of Wanaka Library. A fifth is…

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  • A Lake Front Toy Library

    A Lake Front Toy Library

    This week the team at the MenShed completed their first Beach Toy Library. It is a simple idea. An idea borrowed from an example spotted in Tauranga. The Library contains wooden toys, buckets and spades which kids can access when playing on the lake shore. With toys going back into the library they are available…

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  • Night school coffins

    Night school coffins

    Death Cafe Wanaka is group that embraces and honours the intricacies, ambiguities and mysteries surrounding how one may seek meaning within the context of death and dying. This week the MenShed team have been working with members of the Death Cafe to finalise how they can access the Wanaka Community Workshop and construct coffins for themselves…

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  • All dressed up

    All dressed up

    Wanaka has had its fair share of inversions of late – a layer of cloud trapped below slightly warmer air above. The grey cloud layer above the town lets little sun through. As a result those of us on the ground feel the cold. Despite the temperature the MenShed team at the Wanaka Community Workshop…

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  • Mid year Christmas

    Mid year Christmas

    The MenShed team meet at the Wanaka Community Workshop every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to midday. At this time we get stuff done. We also gather for social occasions – where little is done. More a time for friends to gather to enjoy some great tucker and share a few stories. Our most recent…

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  • MINT delivers for the birds

    MINT delivers for the birds

    MINT is a community agency who works towards forging great lives for those with intellectual disabilities in the Upper Clutha Region. As part of their regular program MINT regularly attends the Wanaka Community Workshop. At the Workshop the team from MINT work with wood or fabric. This week’s visit was a bit special. The visit…

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  • MenShed Team in June

    MenShed Team in June

    Winter arrived this month accompanied by cool temperatures under the inversion cloud layer and the occasional frost. Attendance at our regular Tuesday and Thursday mornings totaled 102 representing 306 work hours or 7.5 full time equivalents. We had no workplace accidents – following reminder briefings regarding the importance of wearing safety equipment utilisation has improved.…

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  • Mountain film festival visits

    Mountain film festival visits

    This week Wanaka hosted the New Zealand Mountain Film & Book Festival. It is a great event that showcases the natural environment and the people who challenge themselves within it.  Part of the Festival includes workshops for budding camera people to improve their craft. The Wanaka Community Workshop were used by participants as an opportunity…

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  • A food bank for Kahu Youth

    A food bank for Kahu Youth

    The Team at the Workshop this week completed the latest in a growing network of food banks serving communities across Upper Clutha. The Network has been established by Community Networks our one stop shop for community services operating by the Community Hub. Food banks can be found at the Community Hub as well as the…

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  • Storage box’s help tidy a pre school

    Storage box’s help tidy a pre school

    Lets face it, from time to time kid’s can be messy. The MenShed team can help with this. This week we shipped four large wooden box’s. Each is mobile with a set of wheels. The box’s can store stuff. Stuff left about on the floor can be popped in and the box stored away –…

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  • Spinning the Wheel of Fortune

    Spinning the Wheel of Fortune

    A quick project we built over the last week is a Wheel of Fortune raffle wheel for Volunteer South. The excellent Pukka Signs printed up the graphic and applied it to a 1m disk of ACM. ACM is quite good for this sort of thing, stable and easy to cut. We used some scrap of…

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  • MenShed Team May Report

    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…

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  • Fabricate Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr 2023 Report

    Fabricate Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr 2023 Report

    This is the first report for Fabricate so a bit of a summary first: JANUARY / FEBRUARY We were commissioned to make bird costumes for Wai Wānaka for the A&P show. We made the Grebe and Tui completely out of the donated material we had at Fabricate. March We collaborated with Wānaka Wastebusters for their…

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  • Fabricate May 2023 Report

    Fabricate May 2023 Report

    MAY 2023 Hours this Month: (estimate) NB: We realise that we need to improve the recording of hours that the area is used. We will try improve recording of hours to include the total number of hours that the area is used. Donations Received Remember whatever you need for your project – check us out…

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  • A Big Thanks to Bramwell Scaffolding

    A Big Thanks to Bramwell Scaffolding

    After we used up all the larger size timber in our stack for the Bike Wanaka – Lismore Park Picnic Table we decided more Picnic Tables were in our future. But what to make them from? A quick email blast out to Wānaka scaffolding companies and we had an immediate response from Bramwell Scaffolding who…

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  • Thanks to Wheels at Wānaka

    Thanks to Wheels at Wānaka

    Every two years our community hosts Wheels at Wānaka, the largest event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. Its a great event that attracts people from across New Zealand. This year the Wanaka Community Workshop was a charity that benefitted from the success of the event. Thanks to the organisers, participants and attendees the…

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  • Weta Workshop

    Weta Workshop

    Weta are giant flightless crickets unique to New Zealand. They are generally active at night with most of the small species being carnivores and scavengers while the larger species are herbivores. Because they can cope with variations in temperature, wētā are found in all sorts of places – alpine areas, forests, grasslands, caves, shrub lands and…

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  • Lilliput network to grow

    Lilliput network to grow

    Our network of Lilliput Libraries serving communities across the Upper Clutha is about to expand. Each library operates on a trust and exchange system. People can browse, borrow, take or leave a book. What’s not to love? These little boxes of literature popping up on our streets are each looked after by a volunteer guardian. There…

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  • Schooling at home and the commuity

    Schooling at home and the commuity

    Homeschooling is full time education out of the traditional school classroom. It is an education option that a number of families across the Upper Clutha have chosen for their children. As the name homeschooling implies education is undertaken mostly at home but also within the community. This week families who homeschool visited the Wanaka Community…

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  • New thinking about coffins

    New thinking about coffins

    Death Cafe Wanaka is an opportunity to meet as a community for the purpose of talking about life’s toughest topic. The Cafe meets regularly to embrace and honor the intricacies, ambiguities and mysteries surrounding how we seek meaning within the context of death and dying. The MenShed Team are working with members of the Death Cafe…

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  • Keeping worms warm

    Keeping worms warm

    Winter is comming. For the Tiger Worms resident within the compost bins located at the Wanaka Community Gardens life can be tough during Winter. This week following a request from Grow Wanaka, the volunteers who manage the Wanaka Community Garden, the MenShed team have been building “lids” for each compost bin. The lids combined with…

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  • What makes Wanaka strong

    What makes Wanaka strong

    Wanaka is a special place. This month research students from the University of Otago were in town seeking to understand what makes our community tick. The students sought advice and comment from many. The MenShed team hosted them twice – once for the interview, the second for a hand in completing a few projects. Nothing…

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  • Hot metal

    Hot metal

    Almost two years back the Wanaka Community Workshop first opened with a wood working shop. A year later Fabricate, our textile and sewing work shop opened. From then to now both the wood shop and the textile shop have added new equipment and capability. This month we started work on the beginnings of a metal…

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  • Après cycle

    Après cycle

    For over 20 years Bike Wānaka has been supporting the development and growth of mountain biking across the Upper Clutha region. Bike Wanaka have created a place where there is a ride for everyone. From beginner cross country riders through to die hard downhillers The MenShed team are working with Bike Wanaka to create facilities…

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  • Its for the kids

    Its for the kids

    Plunket has long been New Zealand’s largest support service for the health and wellbeing of children and their families. From their Clinic in Wanaka, Plunket’s serves families across the Upper Clutha. This week the MenShed team completed a book shelf for Plunket. Built of re-cycled materials the book shelf is a small contribution to aid…

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  • Repair Revolution Returns

    Repair Revolution Returns

    Last week Repair Revolution returned to the Wanaka Community Workshop. It was great to have it back. Repair Revolution is an event managed by Wastebusters and supported by the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Repair Revolution brings together a range of volunteers who apply their skills and experience to repairing items residents bring in. All sorts…

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  • April 2023 Report

    April 2023 Report

    Attendance Attendance during normal Wo(Men)Shed Tuesday and Thursday sessions in April was 92. This is equivalent to 274 hours or almost 7 full time (40 hours) equivalent weeks. Fabricate was also busy working on projects in preparation for the fabric shredder arriving. In addition to our normal MenShed sessions, members of the MenShed team were present…

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  • Walk the talk

    Walk the talk

    Never let it be said MenShed team are not versatile. This month the Wanaka Community Workshop was transformed to host Re-fashion – a fashion show cut differently. With the support of Queenstown Lakes District Council, Wastebusters Wanaka and Fabricate led the transformation. The aim was to show what can be achieved with recycled and upcycled…

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  • Grounded

    Grounded

    The Wanaka Community Workshop regularly hosts Kahu Youth – in particular the team known as Grounded. Grounded are youth who are focused on improving our natural environment. The team are aiming to enhance recycling at Mt Aspiring College – Te Kura O Tititea. To achieve this the team are building two depots to locate at…

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  • New workshop tables

    New workshop tables

    Jim Bob has been a resident of Wanaka throughout much of his life. Being a builder there are few places across the Upper Clutha which have not benefited from his skill and experience – houses, shops, community and farm buildings. Today the MenShed team benefits from Jim Bob’s skill – and his stories! This week…

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  • Scoring petanque

    Scoring petanque

    The best evidence as to the strength of our community across the Upper Clutha is the number and range of community organisations associations and clubs. The newest is the Wanaka Petanque Club. The Club has established itself with a new outdoor terrain or court located in Three Parks near the entrance to the Recreation Centre.…

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  • Stuffed Stoat

    Stuffed Stoat

    The MenShed Team at the Wanaka Community Workshop make traps – traps targeting pests such as stoats and rats. It came as a surprise therefore when we were asked to create housing for a stoat. It became clear when we found out the animal was expired, dead – stuffed in fact. The aim is to…

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  • Welcoming new arrivals

    Welcoming new arrivals

    Some 18 months ago the Wanaka Community Workshop was a new element in our community. Its great therefore that the Workshop can now play a role in welcoming new members to our community. The Workshop enables folk to practically establish themselves in their new home. They may involve creating some furniture or storage units. Workshop…

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  • March 2023 Report

    March 2023 Report

    Members of the MenShed met at the Workshop during the mornings of every Tuesday and Thursday through the month. Attendance by members at these sessions totaled 85 – about the same as last month but down when compared to the March 2022.. Outside of these hours members of the MenShed: During our morning tea each…

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  • Wheels on Wanaka

    Wheels on Wanaka

    Over Easter Weekend our community hosted Wheels on Wanaka – a significant event dealing with everything on wheels. In order to aid folk getting around the large site in Three Parks a shuttle bus service is provided. The MenShed team supported the event by converting wooden pallets into seating for each of the bus stops.…

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  • Our trap library

    Our trap library

    The Wanaka Community Workshop is also home to Wanaka Backyard Trapping – well at least their trap library. The trap library permits members of Wanaka Backyard Trapping to borrow various types of traps targeting pests such as stoats and rats. Each week members get a chance to learn how to best use the traps. This…

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  • The Lions Club gives a helping hand

    The Lions Club gives a helping hand

    Thanks to the Wanaka and Districts Lion Club, the Wanaka Community Workshop have commissioned a range of new tools – battery powered drills, wood clamps and hand tools. The Lions Club and its members play a key role in ensuring our local community remains strong and vibrant. Through their support the MenShed team operating from…

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  • Great skills shown by Kahu youth

    Great skills shown by Kahu youth

    This week the Wanaka Community Workshop hosted members of the “Grounded Team” of Kahu Youth. The team are using the Workshop to build new infrastructure for Mt Aspiring College. The new build takes the form of two recycling bases. Each base will be capable of holding three wheelie bins providing for the separation of rubbish.…

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