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,