The Invercargill Eye - - CONVERSATIONS -

It was dur­ing break­fast on the Avalon Im­pres­sion dur­ing a Euro­pean river cruise that

Neville from Perth asked if I had heard of Men’s Sheds.

He prob­a­bly didn’t ex­pect my sur­prised re­ply that I was on the com­mit­tee es­tab­lish­ing one in In­ver­cargill.

With my 17-year in­volve­ment in or­gan­is­ing Blokes & Sheds Tours around In­ver­cargill as a fundraiser for South­land Boys’ High, and hav­ing read about com­mu­nal sheds around the coun­try, I had seen the pos­si­ble ben­e­fits of hav­ing one lo­cally.

So, what is Men­zShed? It seems the ori­gin was a Health Con­fer­ence in Aus­tralia in the mid-1990s where con­cern was shown about men’s health, rather than solely an ini­tia­tive to pro­vide a work­shop for ‘‘shed­less men’’. How­ever, the lat­ter con­cept an­swered the for­mer.

The first sheds in Aus­tralia were set up in 1998, and in New Zealand both Dunedin and Hamil­ton opened sheds in 2008.

Al­though not all Men’s Sheds are af­fil­i­ated to Men­zShed NZ, it seems that there are about 100 through­out the coun­try. Pri­vately owned sheds abound, and cer­tainly around In­ver­cargill.

Fol­low­ing re­tire­ment, or a shift to a smaller home, there is a huge po­ten­tial for men to look to­wards our In­ver­cargill Men­zshed in due course.

With about 30 cur­rent mem­bers, our doors are now open for more. No prior skills are nec­es­sary, al­though in­ter­est from ex­pe­ri­enced trades­men to help run our projects would be ap­pre­ci­ated. Do­na­tions of tools and work­shop equip­ment is very much ap­pre­ci­ated, so if any­one has sur­plus equip­ment, please con­sider Men­zShed as a pos­si­ble re­cip­i­ent.

Paint, sand­pa­per, nails and screws, etc are also wel­comed.

We have a kitchen, and rooms for stor­age or so­cial pur­poses, so other house­hold items such as a card ta­ble, small din­ing ta­ble,

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