Find us in Kaiapoi behind the Sutton Tools (NZ) Ltd factory cafeteria off Dale Street. Follow the street signs on Dale/Williams Streets or Smith/Ranfurly Streets.
The purpose of the Kaiapoi Menz Shed (legal entity - Menz Shed of Kaiapoi Trust, Charitable Trust - Reg:CC49478, 5/7/2013) remains unchanged and is to create a meeting place that will facilitate personal and community based projects, in the aftermath of Canterbury’s Earthquakes. The Menz Shed provides an opportunity to regain control over a small part of their lives, through friendship, support, and the application of practical skills. The initial objective has been further cemented by the establishment of a constitution reflecting the aims of the National body - Menzshed New Zealand Incorporated (2587223) registered under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 on 3 September 2013.
A Little Bit of History The members of the Menz Shed of Kaiapoi have continued to put their endeavours into establishing their “own home” and developing this base with expanding facilities and equipment to carry out the many functions within the Kaiapoi community. Initially potential sites offered by the Waimakiriri District Council had full investigative research into the viability of each of these opportunities but turned up negative because of numerous reasons such as suitability of locality, rental or purchase price, property security etc.
The initial investigation into occupying an area of land at the rear of the international drill bit manufacturer - Sutton Tools NZ Ltd (Patience & Nicholson) was pursued with vigour and finally permission was granted for a Menz Shed workshop to occupy a corner of their property. It should be pointed out that P and N’s parent company in Australia - Suttons Ltd are active supporters of Mens Sheds in Australia, and the manager recognised the value of having an active community minded group occupying a small corner of the property in Dale Street, Kaiapoi.
Association with Kaiapoi High School The Menz Shed of Kaiapoi has had a close relationship with the Kaiapoi High School right from the beginnings of the shed, utilising the equipment in the School's work shops for projects for the community as well as for the school. This relationship continues today.
Patience and Nicholson NZ Ltd/Sutton Tools NZ Ltd Added spin-offs having the Kaiapoi shed located where it is are special deals being made available from the factory for drill bits etc which will result in significant savings for the members. This perpetuates an on-going relationship that the firm and it's parent Australian company (Suttons Ltd) has with Menz Sheds throughout Australia and New Zealand.