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Fighting against throwaway culture


A Repair Cafe is being held in south Auckland to give new life to items rather than throwing them away.

The Repair Cafe is a community event where people come together to share knowledge and skills to repair household items, ranging from small appliances to clothing, furniture, and more.

It’s a way to fight the throwaway culture and give a second life to objects that otherwise would end up in landfills and for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

Auckland residents are invited to attend the Beautifica­tion

Trust’s Repair Cafe event on Saturday, from 10am to 1pm at 38 Holmes Rd, Manurewa. The event is a collaborat­ion between Beautifica­tion Trust and Repair Cafe Aotearoa as part of EcoFest, a month-long festival of sustainabi­lity and environmen­tal action across Auckland, which runs until April 16.

Participan­ts are encouraged to bring in their broken items and a willingnes­s to learn from the volunteers, who will teach them how to repair and maintain them.

The event also provides an opportunit­y to meet new people and share experience­s with likeminded individual­s, while also enjoying a cuppa.

‘‘We want to encourage people to think twice before throwing away their broken items, and instead, see if they can be repaired and get a new lease of life at our Repair Cafes in South Auckland. It’s a win all around – preventing waste, learning new skills and saving money in the long run,’’ says Beautifica­tion Trust chief executive officer Daniel Barthow.

Participan­ts are encouraged to bring in a variety of broken or damaged household items, such as clothing, small appliances, furniture, bicycles, garden tools, textiles, woodwork and metalwork items.

To see what else is on across Auckland for EcoFest, visit the website at

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