Members of the Mangawhai Shed with the Santa float they made for Mangawhai Beach School

Expanding the shed

by Ann van Engelen

The Mangawhai Shed was established two and a half years ago as a place for people of all ages to join together and get creative whilst learning new skills and teaching others the craft of building things.

“The time has come to move to a place nearer the village/heads to allow us to meet with more fellow ‘sheddies’, share and learn skills that help our community whilst having a laugh,” says representative Stephen Mackay.

“I was driven to start something to give people a place to come for a variety of reasons including upskilling and learning how to do things with skilled craftsmen or amateur enthusiasts. We certainly learn from each other and have a lot of fun.

“It is a workshop to make things for ourselves or the community. We have produced items such as bait stations, the Santa float for Mangawhai Beach School, and recently, signs for the Kaipara District Council.”

The Shed started with five people in Stephen’s cowshed on Cames Road where the group often recycle and upcycle used goods.

“We have a new steering committee and are planning for our expanding growth to get us to where we want to go. We would love to be in Mangawhai Central for easy access for a wide group of people.

“Our members really appreciate the value the shed has in their lives. You can do extraordinary things with other people whilst building friendships outside your own domain.

“We invite anyone interested to come along to our public meeting and hear our plans and invite your support so that we can register as an incorporated society and charity.” The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 10 at the Mangawhai Village Hall 6.30pm.