What’s it all about?
The Men’s Shed
The movement started in the early part of this century and spread from Australia to many countries in the world including Great Britain, Eire, Portugal, Canada and New Zealand.
At this time there are over 900 Sheds in Australia and over 70 in this country.
The 21st century Men’s Shed is the updated version of the traditional backyard shed.
The uniqueness of Sheds.
Men’s Sheds are about men’s wellbeing. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this wellbeing. Feeling productive and valued for your efforts. Connecting and making new friends. Maintaining an active body and mind. If they so wish, men can come along and have a yarn and a cuppa. There is no such thing as pressure.
Members of Men’s Sheds come from all walks of life and they are keen to join others in community projects as well as “doing their own thing” on personal creative items and hobbies.
The Whangarei Men’s Shed.
The Whangarei Men’s Shed was formed officially when it was registered as a society in March 2012. In 2014 it became a registered charity. In its first 12 months of operation the Museum & Heritage Trust at Maunu generously allowed us to use their old Kiwi House as a workshop, but as space was very limited, in September 2013 we moved to the Whangarei Railway Station which we subsequently purchased from the Whangarei District Council in December 2014.
The old railway station is listed as a Class 2 Heritage building. As such, whilst we are setting up workshops for wood-working, metalwork and modelling internally, we are restoring the external building to its original shape and condition with the aid of public agency funding.
Work on the major restoration began in November 2016 and subject to funding will be completed during 2019.
Activities in the Shed.
One of the key reasons for our existence is to offer skills and labour to other community services in producing physical items for their use which we construct in the “Shed”.
Over the last four years of our existence we have produced park benches for the Whangarei Council, rat traps for conservation groups and the Northland Regional Council, mini caskets for the Northland Health Board and dozens of other projects for non-profit agencies. We have carried out over sixty community tasks since 2012 and along the way our members have enjoyed mentoring organised groups of children and mature women on woodworking skills and practices.
Where we are
The Shed is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00am to 3.00pm.
We are located at The Men’s Shed in Railway Road, Whangarei.
Frequently asked question
What do these guys do at the old station?. There are several answers to that simple question. They relax and talk to one another. They quickly make friends in an environment that is totally friendly and caring. Skilled tradespeople guide and mentor lesser experienced members and give them a hand on projects they are working on.
Members are regularly pleased and proud of the part they have played in completing a project for the community or a job that they have hand crafted for themselves. Satisfaction and enjoyment is the name of the game. The real answer as to what our members achieve belonging to the Shed is only truly answered by the enquirer coming to the Shed and talking with any of our enthusiastic “Sheddies”.
How to join us.
Membership is open to all men over eighteen years of age, following a simple application process. All members having filled in an application form, either on-line or by filling out a paper application form, are subject to approval by our committee. The annual fee for membership is just $30.00. We welcome interested individuals to come on down to look us over and we recommend they check out our website further at mensshed.co.nz.
How to contact us.
|Railway Station, Railway Road, Whangarei CBD|
|Postal Address||Whangarei Men’s Shed P.O. Box 198 Whangarei 0140|
|Phone||09 438 3925 – during normal opening hours|
|Whangarei Men’s Shed|