Men­zshed ready to roll in new venue

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING - JES­SICA LONG

Nel­son men will fi­nally have a place to go with the soon to be es­tab­lished Men­zshed Nel­son lock­ing down a venue.

It’s been about three years since ini­tial plans hit the work­bench but the Nel­son group can fi­nally call Tyres and More on St Vin­cent Street its head­quar­ters.

Ge­off Gold­ing has been a driv­ing force be­hind the setup in Nel­son. He said the group would fill a void in Nel­son and had the po­ten­tial to be­come ‘‘the best Men­zshed in New Zealand’’.

The Tyres and More venue will be a meet­ing place un­til a work­shop is found but Gold­ing said the startup was ‘‘a lot more than a first step.’’

‘‘It’s about giv­ing blokes a place to go,’’ he said.

Last year Gold­ing said he could see a grow­ing de­mand for a Men­zshed in Nel­son. He re­ceived at least one in­quiry a week with res­i­dents ask­ing to join a lo­cal group.

Tired of wait­ing for lo­cal gov­ern­ment to help fund the set-up of the group Gold­ing said he worked to find men equally in­ter­ested in the con­cept.

The clan of seven formed the Men­zshed Nel­son ‘‘es­tab­lish­ing com­mit­tee’’ which has set the launch date with a party next month. Po­ten­tial mem­bers can now be given good news.

The ben­e­fits of the so­cial group in­clude bet­ter men­tal health and vi­tal­ity. It of­fers a plat­form for men to share ideas and talk freely over cof­fee and the work­bench.

Tyres and More owner Adrian Cur­tis said he was happy to help the group gain mo­men­tum by es­tab­lish­ing a base.

‘‘Sta­tis­ti­cally men are the least sup­ported group in so­ci­ety,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a re­ally, re­ally good idea.’’

Mitre 10 Mega mar­ket­ing man­ager and Men­zshed Nel­son mem­ber Mur­ray Lean­ing said the group’s es­tab­lish­ment was a long time com­ing for the town.

‘‘They take ev­ery­one. It’s not just the re­tired boys.’’

Lean­ing said there were al­ready a few com­mu­nity projects in the pipe­line for the Men­zshed Nel­son mem­bers to get their hands on fol­low­ing the launch party.

Men­zshed Nel­son’s web­site will be up and run­ning in com­ing weeks for in­ter­ested par­ties to en­quire about mem­ber­ship and fol­low up­com­ing events.

Men­zshed Nel­son will be launched at the Tas­man Cruis­ing Yacht Club on Mon­day, July 10 from 4pm. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing is wel­come to at­tend.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Men­zshed Nel­son con­tact Ge­off Gold­ing on 03-929 5222 or email nel­son.men­zshed@gmail.com.

PHOTO: PHILLIP ROLLO/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Mur­ray Lean­ing, Mike Rod­well, Ge­off Gold­ing, De­nis Mo­ri­arty, David Win, and Adrian Cur­tis, have se­cured a venue for the Men­zshed fel­las to meet.

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