Menzshed in spotlight
Blokes with hammers producing useful services and repairs for the community
National Menzshed Week recently brought the Pahiatua Menzshed into the limelight.
The local group has been going for 18 months now.
A lot of time has been spent reorganising the premises at the rear of the Youth Services building at 183 Main Street, Pahiatua. Projects to date include repairing a deck and refurbishing 60m of seating at Tararua College — this has been the biggest project.
A mini library has been built outside Pahiatua Help ‘n Hand. People with disabilities have been assisted, with some examples being puttying windows and erecting a gazebo. Sandwich boards were made and painted for the Children’s Day at Carnival Park in March. Lighting was installed at the Pahiatua Marae recently.
A long-term project at the moment is refurbishing the bench seats in Pahiatua’s town squares. The moss and mould is cleaned off, missing timber is replaced and then they are painted in bright colours, with some businesses choosing the colours outside their shops.
“The team at the Menzshed can turn their hands to all sorts of things,” says chairman Ken Russell. “New members are welcome to join us.”
Entry is down the alleyway next to Pahiatua Christian Fellowship Church, and it’s open days Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1.30 to 4pm. There is always a cuppa at 3pm. The public is welcome to come and have a look around.
Mucking in: Graeme Couch (treasurer,) Kevin Shaw, George Baker, Ken russell (chairman,) and Vince Charlesworth (secretary.)
A bench seat from Pahiatua’s Main Street before restoration.
Brightly painted bench seat after restoration.