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Kate Hall: The rise of repair cafes in Aotearoa

Author
Kate Hall,
Publish Date
Sat, 13 Apr 2024, 12:35pm
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Kate Hall: The rise of repair cafes in Aotearoa

Author
Kate Hall,
Publish Date
Sat, 13 Apr 2024, 12:35pm

Repair Cafes have become increasingly popular across the country, 233 of them popping up in the last twelve months. 

 

What is a repair cafe? 

-A free event where people bring in their broken or damaged belongings and local volunteer experts do their best to repair them. 

-Generally happens once a month in a community or as a pop-up event. 

 

Why they are great 

-Promotes sustainability 

-Encourages the development of repair skills (which we need to preserve - too many skills, like simple sewing, are being lost) 

-Cost saving 

-Community building 

-Education/awareness 

-Empowerment (community & individual resilience) 

-Innovation/creativity 

-Circular economy: keeps resources in the local resource pool 

 

Where people can find them: https://www.repaircafeaotearoa.co.nz/ 

 

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