Tairawhiti Menzshed

Tairawhiti Menzshed


Thank you Te Tairāwhiti for your continuing efforts toward a sustainable future! Time to slow down and take stock of what we got up to last week! Bursting at the seams, our centre hosted Forest and Bird's Raukumara Restoration Project talk last Monday. Malcolm Rutherford's passion exuded during his Bird Identification Workshop for NZ Birds on Wednesday, which ran simultaneous to the ever popular Plastic Free July Beeswax wraps workshop. The week ended with TEC running the Waikanae beach Sustainable Coastlines' litter survey and audit on Friday. By far though, the most precious moment was when Fergus, with nan Debbie Gregory picked up the Tairawhiti Menzshed dolly trolley they had first dibs on. Thanks to Debbie, Steve and his fellow volunteers got some valuable feedback.. a few engineering changes later we now have more of these treasures for purchase, alongside beautiful wooden trays, toy cars and flower presses. Keep up your passion everyone!
Look what the amazing Tairawhiti Menzshed have made! The work this group does for our community is amazing! Support their mahi so they can keep their doors open.

Beautiful wooden dolley trolley, lemons are optional 😀 $40. 386 Palmerston Rd. 9 till 3pm
Helicopter I made for my grandson Joshua's first birthday 🎂💙😊
Community, Connection, Awhi and Strength. Thank you Tairawhiti Menzshed for supporting our kaupapa. We support yours! Check out these amazingly fun table games that Steve dropped off! They make the greatest gifts ever! Thank you also to Sarah and Jenny this week for thinking of our not-for-profit when trying to find a new home for the greenhouse and barbecue! We so appreciate it! If anyone else happens to have a spare lawnmower or some outdoor seating, we'll also gladly take it! It takes a village :)
And just like that we have 25 new rat trap boxes! 10 highly passionate and talented volunteers traded in a good part of their Saturday (and a stunner it was!) to whip these up. We cannot emphasize enough how absolutely amazing the Menzshed group is! Helping our community is what they long to do. Add in a good dose of energy and wit and it cannot but translate into pure magic! It was so lovely to be able to visit Steve and Dane and canine Dakota in their workshop this morning. They are always keen to get more people through the door and tackle new community projects, as long as all materials are provided, so do get in touch with them! Bunnings Trade Gisborne, thank you, thank you, thank you for very kindly donating all the materials that were needed for these traps! Nga mihi.
Tairawhiti Menzshed
Gisborne Airport's new terminal is progressing well, and stage 1 will be open soon. In the meantime, here's a different way to experience our airport, at the A&P show! Come down to the Eastland Group stand, block G in Poynters Park. There are spot prizes to be won, all sorts of interactive fun things to do - and the kids can play on a giant map of the region, featuring our brand new terminal! (Disclaimer: This drawing is not an accurate reflection of the final building...) The map was created by amazing local artist Amie Coker, with planes handmade using recycled wood by Tairawhiti Menzshed.

The Tairawhiti Menzshed is a incorporated society which aims to develop sheds within the Tairawhiti region for the benefit of the community and men.

We are now open Tuesday and Saturday mornings.


If you are not feeling well or have flu type symptoms or have had contact with covid please stay home and if you can get tested.
Thank you


It has finally happened. Regrettably our shed was burgled in the last 2 days. Cash and tools were taken. Police have a taken finger prints and Now we wait for a result.
To those who have supported us we may need help to regain our mana to move forward in supporting those who may need a helping hand in life.
Its a hard reality to take in but we will go forward with what we have and build to the future.
Obviously they were more needy than our members.


Happy New Year
All the best for the next lap of the sun.
We will be openingTuesday 18 January
2x Vaxed only an Verification ect.


Tairawhiti Menzshed will remain closed for the next 2 weeks due to the mandatory rules of level 2 which makes it almost impossible to operate due to our limited space. We will assess opening fully as we go or we move to level 1.
If you have any inquiries contact James 0224650396.

Tool time 21/08/2021

Tool time


Tool time Woodwork is being used as a way to reconnect with people and enhance mental wellbeing. Tairawhiti Menzshed started eight years ago and one of its aims was to combat social isolation. “There are some ...

Photos from Tairawhiti Menzshed's post 18/08/2021

A wishing well project complete and looking great. Well done Yvonne and crew. Make a wish time.


Tairawhiti Menzshed will be closed until further notice.
Watch this Space.

Photos from Tairawhiti Menzshed's post 02/08/2021

An excellent job by a young guy who has very little experience woodworking. Now he is keen to move to another project. Ka pai bro.


Great of Bunnings to invite us to their Beginners night. Lots of interest in our activities, super night for us and fed well with sizzles. Thanks to Matt and all at the store.

Photos from Tairawhiti Menzshed's post 02/02/2021

Yvonne called in with an idea to make bird boxes for her aviary. Everyone set-to stripping some pallets for materials. After a little instruction and help she left with 3 completed boxes. What a lovely lady and loved joining in with the banter, look forward to seeing you next weekend for your next project.

Photos from Tairawhiti Menzshed's post 02/02/2021

Great Saturday at the shed, (yes we are open!) lots of people doing their projects and a bit of painting of the shed to brighten the place up. Thanks to all those who helped out.


2021 has started and we are opening up the Tairawhiti Menzshed next week Tuesday 11 January for a tidy up week, ready for a awesome year. Members and supporters are welcome and maybe bring a friend.
We will be officially in full swing on Tuesday 18 January at 9am.
Any queries contact James 0224750396


Well we are at that time of the year now and as the volunteers who operate the shed are feeling a bit jaded after an unbeleivable year and are in need a rest. So Tuesday the 8th December will be our last day of opening. We will let you know when we will re-open in the new year.

We wish all of our members, supporters and friends a very merry Christmas and we look forward to a brighter 2021.

Take care, look back over the last year and smile, it was something wasnt it!


A big thank you for this lovely gift from the Womens Refuge. We repaired some cahirs for the group and they showed their thanks with this lovely christmas hamper which we look forward to sharing.
Our Menzshed is a community facility and we help out whenever we can, if your not sure if we can help just give us a call or come in for a chat.

Timeline photos 01/12/2020

To continue our sitting on your a..... posterior theme, Cam turned up with a load of pallets as the last coffee of the day was being drunk. He wanted some new furniture and decided pallets were the way to go. So 2 hours later he has a 2 seater sofa (cushions come later) and he will be back on Thursday to make another.


Bit quiet at moment but we had one of the local community organisation brought in 3 chairs for repairs. All done and waiting for pick up.
We are short of volunteers at moment so having to cut back on opening hours, so closing time is 12 on all days apart from those groups already booked. Please contact me on 0275823391 if you want more information or a chat.


A quick shout out to our mate James who is not too well at the moment, take it easy, get well soon and do as your told!


Busy week with some work for Tairawhiti Stroke Club in Palmerstone Road. They asked us to make a ramp for a rear fire access as they have an open day coming up. So Dane, Shane and Dakota the dog spent 2 days constructing the ramp and what a great job they done, of course Dakota not too happy to have her photo taken.
We are happy to give our time for projects from other non-profit organisations, you just need to provide materials and we can do the rest. Pop in on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings to have a chat.

Photos from Tairawhiti Menzshed's post 15/11/2020

Great weekend at the shed this week. Amongst the regulars we had Tania from Pickering Strett Kindie preparing some wood toys for the Tamariki to make. Looking forward to seeing the finished articles.
Another visitor was Blaze who is at Campion College. The pupils have been given a project to make something which could be sold and the monies given to a local charity. Blaze came up with this great idea for a wall display unit which can be turned into cool looking shelving. He was shown how to do it and then left to make them, what a great job!

Photos from Tairawhiti Menzshed's post 14/11/2020

Check these two guys and their new tool boxes. Made by them with new skills learnt at the Menzshed. Ka pai guys. Great fun from these guys from Ideal Services working together and supporting each other.

Photos from Tairawhiti Menzshed's post 24/10/2020

Just finished paua shell set into Kauri. This taonga represents strength and foundation through the wood and the beauty, knowledge and sustainability of the Paua.
For you my friend Kia kaha.


Young lady turned up at the shed and had a vision which became real. Now she is on the way to a planter box or two at home.
Ka pai to mahi Sharon.
Great student and very knowledgeable about life and ........ I guess you have to be there.


Hive of activity at the shed today. Dave is working on the bits for his rocking chair and some of the lads making a new batch of coffin handles for the Tairawhiti Coffin Club.

There were a couple of others out of shot sitting down, drinking coffee and scoffing bikkies!

Photos from Tairawhiti Menzshed's post 30/09/2020

We have just made a toybox/blanket box made from customwood to raise funds for the shed. It's 920 long x 550 wide and 360 high painted with 2 coats of white undercoat and on 4 hardwood legs. Call Steve on 0275823391 or pop down the shed on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings. $60.


Another special job for the Tairawhiti Environment Centre. They asked for some extra seed boxes to give away on school visits, so the little uns can grow their own plants and veggies. Always a pleasure for us to help others in the community.


We have had the painter in! Thanks Max for all your hardwork brightening up our shed it looks a real treat.
Any idea when we can have our smoko room back and of course find some biscuits?

Photos from Tairawhiti Menzshed's post 14/09/2020

Well daddy, what did you do when you ran away to the South Island on the Level 2 lockdown?
Firstly it was a planned leaving of Gizzy, and as you kids are aware it was to make things and do things for you. Like the television table and dog bed made from South Island pallets. All of which can be made at the Gizzy shed now we are back open. See you there!


The Menzshed will be opening as from tomorrow to our normal opening hours.
For those attending the shed please sign in or scan the QR code with the app. Wear a mask if you have one.
If you feel not well please stay home.

Any inquiries call James 0224650396


Also found a use for Sue's cheeseboards (wine not included).


Well we are in the South Island and have put together the chairs and table that we made in Gizzy. They survived the long journey and look wahat they turned out like!
If you want to make or buy one of these call in to the shed or give us a ring.


Regrettably we will remain closed until we come out of level 2.
Please stay safe.


I know we are closed but thought that you might to see the latest creation from Sue, some breadboards and cheese boards from sarking that was taken off a turn of the century house that is being demolished. Really cool design and sure the rellies will be pleased with their gifts.


Due to the current government announcement the Tairawhiti Menzshed will remain closed until change to Level 1. We will monitor any announcements that may allow an early opening.This is to ensure the safety of our members and general public. If any members need support please contact us and we try to help or if its just a chat.
If you have any inquiries please contact us James 0224650396.

The AGM for tomorrow is postponed till further notice.


Whilst we are closed for now but hope to be back very shortly, we have this photo of some lovely people who were at the shed this week. They came up with some great ideas for their trucks with dog boxes, snorkels and a 6 wheeled semi just waiting for its trailer. We are so pleased to have them come to see us and the fun that they brought. Thank you.


Due to the current government announcement the Tairawhiti Menzshed will be closed until change to Level 1. This is to ensure the safety of our members and general public.
If you have any inquiries please contact us James 0224650396.

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Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Thursday 9am - 3pm
Saturday 9am - 3pm

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