With a number of landmark events occurring at the Shed in recent weeks we decided to hold an Open Day to celebrate the fantastic progress that had been made since MNW moved into our new premises at the old Reliance engineering shop on Haven Rd. Primarily the Opening marked the fact that we are truly operational now, with a well appointed machine shop, smoko room, additional space for large projects, office space for seminars and meetings, and a number of other workshop bays including electrical repair, welding bay , metal turning , paint shop, carving area and boat repair.
The formal part of the day began with a unveiling of a traditional crafted wooden nameplate over our front entrance carved by father and son carvers Shane and Cairo, a supporting karakia, and an unveiling and speech by city councillor Stuart Walker to mark the occasion. Stuart noted the great progress that had been made by the group and how the setup had occurred so quickly and efficiently through the combined efforts of the members, while also reaffirming the councils commitment to continuing support of the Nelson Whakatu Menzshed initiative with appropriate funding and assistance with new purpose built premises in the future. A steady stream of visitors were welcomed with a sausage sizzle (compliments of Mega mitre 10) and a guided tour, with a number of new members joining up on the day.
Our host Sheddies received lots of positive feedback about the general buzz occurring in the Shed environment, the number of community assisted projects already implemented, and the great facilities and equipment that had been amassed and operational in the Shed itself. It also provided us with a additional opportunity to market our purpose and brand to fellow Nelsonians, including the launch of our new Community Assist programme, and it’s certainly an event we will replicate regularly in the future to keep in contact with our surrounding and supportive local community.