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Menz shed movement reaches Kapiti

Filed under: General,Men's Health — Darryl Ward @ 8:36 pm Mon 21st June 2010

I have just been advised that MenzShed is getting set up in Kapiti. It has achieved registration as an incorporated society this past week so it can now raise funds for this charitable purpose.

The first meeting to formalise the group of people to operate the place will be 3.00 pm tomorrow Tuesday 22 June at the Presbyterian Church Hall, 43 Ngaio Road in Waikanae. Sorry about the short notice, but I just found out about this tonight.

Anyone interested will be very welcome at this meeting to meet up with others involved in making this happen and help make it a place to work for you and other men of the area.  You might even be able to work on the initial job to make it useable.


  1. Excellent news.

    Comment by julie — Mon 21st June 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  2. For information on what the “Mens Shed Movement” is, I found this site:
    It looks very interesting, but not directly related to the issues of this site.
    Without doubt, the issues of men, fathers, family law, divorce, courts, protests, gender politics, and male health will arise, and the Mens shed people will need links to the resources we have in this area.
    (Personally, I will stick to the Ulysses Club, “Grow old disgracefully”, myself)

    Comment by John Brett — Tue 22nd June 2010 @ 8:44 am

  3. Thanks John. It’s nice to know these sort of groups exist but I was thinking it was something different.

    I bet it’s free or just a subscription cost. I need to make a letterbox but I’ll have to pay a school or something to do a woodwork course.

    Comment by julie — Tue 22nd June 2010 @ 10:03 am

  4. I think it is wonderful to do as a hobby something which is different to what you usually do.
    I have spent my life making things, (starting with fixing bikes, and building sheds, to building Power Stations, car factories, aero engines, boats, etc.
    I could make you a letter box with my left hand, whilst making dinner for you with my right!
    I get frustrated with amateurs just messing about in a muddly way, so would avoid ‘the shed’.
    Just buy a letterbox Julie, they are cheap enough!

    As a hobby for myself, I prefer doing things entirely different- I have done Barbershop singing, Creative writing, drumming in a rock band, current fad is Manakau Veterans Cycle Club, where I’m in the ‘medium slow’ group. Room to improve = challenge


    Comment by John Brett — Tue 22nd June 2010 @ 6:43 pm

  5. John, you’re not the normal type of guy but please take this as a compliment. I heard today your daughter’s in the newspaper and I know you are a spectacular man.

    I want to make a letterbox because I think it says something about you as a person and your home. I’d like a wooden one and they cost lots.

    I want to ask something of you and other men like you. My son is wanting a building apprenticeship. He is 19.

    My son blows my mind with his attitude to work. I took both my younger brothers to work when they were young and they are successful businessmen now, but my son is much more focused.

    He doesn’t know what to do with himself if he’s not building. My family and his father’s family thought he would make us proud because he was so good at school and as a musician and he dedicated himself to be the best in the country, which he achieved a few times (other times he came second). But he had his heart set on building from a young age and today at 19 he’s still dedicated.

    He gets up at 5.30 every morning and gets home 6.30 – 7pm six days a week. He loves it.

    The problem is that he’s working for men who aren’t qualified builders and contractors that can’t take on an apprenticeship.

    He needs to work 8,000 hours for qualified builders and we as a family understand it’s who you know in this business more than what you know to get your foot in the door.

    Can you keep my son in mind or ask some of your builder friends to take my son on?

    If any qualified builder reads this, could you please consider taking on my son. Getting apprenticeships are really hard these days and you will find my son one of the best workers you’ve ever met. Please email: [email protected]

    Comment by julie — Tue 22nd June 2010 @ 10:54 pm

  6. Andrew Stephens, what do you mean by “YEAH RIGHT. GIBBONS UBER ALLES !!? posted on the city menzshed site

    Comment by Ross — Sun 20th May 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  7. It’s not something often mentioned, men and hobbies.
    When actually it’s important, giving meaning to life.
    Many people, collect or even hoard things.
    It’s part of them, they get pride in what they create.
    Sometimes not until they die, do others even know.

    What a task, to look at 800,000 items.
    But it’s correct, in that it’s a look for treasure.
    We imagine it’s value, in those rare items.
    But there may be none, the hoarder checked for them.
    The buyer has not valued the rare item, but the $20 items.
    Statistics say, there should be 1,000 of them.
    The hours spent searching, may not be worth it.

    I do the same thing, when valuing collections.
    I am gambling, that my expertise can find a rare item.
    But I price the item, at its normal value when bidding.
    My hobby is stamps, so I have bought 1000s at a time for little.
    One by one, processed into its collection identified.
    I haven’t got rich, but found hundreds of value items.
    My best is a $1,000 NZ stamp, I got for less than a dollar.

    I couldn’t sell it, somehow it’s worth more than the money.
    I am guilty, in my own way I’m a hoarder.
    Most will be sold, for next to nothing.
    After my death, someone must deal with my hobby.
    But from rubbish, my expertise in my hobby made something.
    A few rare items that can’t be ignored, and pages of $20 items.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Thu 15th June 2023 @ 10:18 am

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