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MEN AT WORK: Barry Dwane and Geoff Railton at work in the MenzShed. Photo Michael Moore

By Michael Moore

Otaki’s MenzShed is calling out for new members. 

In the past year, several have left the club, after they moved away from the area or became unable to continue regular attendance. 

The shed brings men together in a community space to share their skills, have a laugh and work on practical tasks either individually or as a group. 

Projects for the community are undertaken as well as some personal projects. Club members are often out and about doing small jobs around people’s homes.

The shed has helped construct the dog exercise area on Aotaki Street, chairs for the playcentre, made wooden toy and bird-feeding boxes, planter boxes and numerous small tasks to help those in the community who are less able, and where getting a tradesman is not required.

Men often have smaller circles of friends than women, so the shed offers opportunities to foster new friendships, find camaraderie and make a positive contribution to their community.

Anyone interested and who would like a tour of the shed, meet some of the members and see how they might like to contribute, can visit the Shed at 186 Mill Rd on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm or phone 022 4069 439.

MenzShed seeks new members


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