Providing an environment for the mental health and well-being of men.
The "Menz Shed" of Kaiapoi workshop is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.00 am until 12.00 noon, 1 Dale Street, behind Sutton Tools (NZ) Ltd. Call- John Forster Chairman-3273681. William Titulaer Secretary- 027 337 2323
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.
Objective 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
Frank Overend It is with sadness we announce the passing of Frank Overend on 1st December 2021. He was a member of our Shed for eight years and secretary for five. His background in the Public Service ( Statistics Dept) - rather than a trade - was very welcome to our management committee; we could do the ‘practical stuff’ but often struggled with the ‘form filling’ and associated paperwork. Frank’s years of experience enabled him to rattle off business letters, funding applications and newsletters with ease. Things were a bit different in the workshop where he learnt many new techniques and improved his DIY skills, especially on the wood lathe. It was Frank who first noticed the Council proposing to set up a Community Hub in the Courtenay Drive Red Zone area and suggested we express an interest as we would soon outgrow our current premises and need to relocate. His vision is progressing well and we’re likely to see the plans consented early next year and construction completed about twelve months later. John Forster Chairman
A Little Bit of History The current shed location is on an area of land at the rear of the international drill bit manufacturer - Sutton Tools NZ Ltd (Patience & Nicholson) who granted Menz Shed permission 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 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 had a close relationship with the Kaiapoi High School in the beginning of the shed, when school equipment was used for projects in the community as well as for the school. This relationship continues today with arranged visits of students from the high school.
Sutton Tools (NZ) Ltd Added spin-offs from having the Kaiapoi shed located where it is, are special deals being made available from the factory for drill bits etc with savings for the shed. 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.
Expansion. The co-operation of the original members together with new members has enabled the original workshop space to be more than doubled. This has been achieved by the installation of decking alongside the original building, location on site of three large containers which are designated for Metal work, Paint shop and Building materials storage. A 2021 addition saw the completion of an office space, affectionately dubbed the “Piano Room.” The workshop is busy with approximately 30 people turning up for each of the daily sessions. In addition to the community projects which include projects such as the “Daffodils” on the Williams St. Bridge, members are also engaged in “Repair Shop” projects such as domestic furniture being repaired as well as members personal projects. The Future The current building are cramped and we are looking forward to the possibility of larger premises, purpose designed for our activities.