Shed keeps blokes busy

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

TEENS and re­tirees could soon be bond­ing over build­ing projects if a new com­mu­nity shed gets the goa­head.

Henry Langguth from Re­muera is leading a small group that is ap­ply­ing to the Auck­land Coun­cil for a site to run the project from.

The com­mu­nity shed would be sim­i­lar to the North Shore Men’s Shed in Glen­field and is based on a so­cial move­ment pop­u­lar in the United King­dom.

The idea is to pro­vide a non-profit com­mu­nity work­shop where mem­bers pay a small an­nual fee and drop in to spend time chat­ting and work­ing on projects with sup­port and ma­chin­ery pro­vided.

Langguth and his wife moved into a smaller apart­ment in 2013 af­ter 40 years of liv­ing in the same home.

The ‘‘typ­i­cal DIY guy’’ says it was dif­fi­cult to give up his three-car garage where he spent thou­sands of hours work­ing on ve­hi­cles and other projects.

‘‘It was a proper man­cave,’’ he says.

‘‘I think my wife was quite con­cerned that all of a sud­den I’d lose my hobby in­ter­est.’’

Langguth was de­ter­mined that wouldn’t hap­pen.

‘‘You could very eas­ily just give up ev­ery­thing. I’ve got friends who are re­tired who have gone back to work – they’re bored. They didn’t have some­thing else to do.’’

Langguth says he is keen to con­tinue mak­ing things to give back to the com­mu­nity.

High schools can also get in­volved in the con­cept so stu­dents can learn real-life busi­ness skills, he says. The team has al­ready checked out a hand­ful of sites around cen­tral Auck­land where pub­lic trans­port is avail­able.

Mem­bers par­tic­u­larly like the World War II long sheds in Auck­land Do­main and they are hop­ing the spot will be­come their sec­ond home.

North Shore shed chair­man Ross McEwan says the group helps forge bonds and ca­ma­raderie for people who may not net­work of­ten.

Down­siz­ing when mov­ing to a re­tire­ment vil­lage may mean the loss of a work­shop, in­come and tasks. This can lead to de­pres­sion, he says.

North Shore shed mem­bers have helped build Christ­mas pa­rade floats and small dinghies.

Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE

DIY dude: Henry Langguth, 71, hopes to es­tab­lish a com­mu­nity shed in cen­tral Auck­land, prefer­ably in Auck­land Do­main’s World War II long sheds.

Man time: North Shore Men’s Shed Trust chair­man Ross McEwan in his happy place.

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