Community Zero Waste Award for Repair Café Auckland

received the Power to the People Award at the Auckland Community Zero Waste Awards. A little piece of this is for everyone who has been involved with the 18 events that have been supported across Tāmaki Makaurau over the last 18 months. 

Repair Café Auckland is a Global Action Plan Oceania and Partnership project that has sought to grow the Repair Café movement across Auckland. The partnership began with an event in Bayswater in July of 2016, the success and collective interest in that event provided the catalyst for a successful, collaborative ANCAD application to Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund. Repair Cafés are free pop up events where people bring broken and damaged belongings and local volunteer experts sit down with them and do their best to repair them. They are all about bringing people together, connecting local people in their communities with others who are happy to share their skills and knowledge, saving people money and reducing the amount of material that ends up in our landfills.

Repair Café Auckland has supported 18 events with 12 different community partners in 13 different locations across Tāmaki Makaurau from Matakana down to Papakura over the last 18 months. The events have saved guests $60,760.00 on the cost it would have been to replace the 669 repaired items. In total 996 items have been brought to events giving an overall repair success rate of 67.17%. As well as that the events have been fun, brought a lot of people together, shared skills and kept a whole heap of material out of landfill.

More events are booked for Browns Bay, Birkenhead, Sandringham and Unsworth Heights in the coming months with further events planned in Grey Lynn, Glenfield, Bayview, Bayswater and Panmure. On average around 100 people have attended each event over the course of the two to three hours they have run and typically 15-25 volunteers share their time and skills during each. By far the busiest event was the last of the three Gribblehurst Hub Repair Cafes in October last year. Two to three hundred people came along to the Hub during that event. A number of Repair Café visitors attend events just to satisfy their curiosity and have a look around at what is going on.