February 2018 Sheddie

 Introducing the “The Sheddie” - your fast track source to what’s up with Nelson/Whakatū Menzshed Inc.


This edition in short   * Amalgamation – Almost there  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­*  SGM postponed til late February  * Move to new workshop premises early March still on schedule  * Generous donations to gear up new workshop  * Workbox Update * Open day planned for new workshop launch * New Membership drive  

Amalgamation - Almost there - but Special General Meeting  postponed!

Whoops! Sorry… but we need to postpone our SGM for a couple of weeks due to unforseen circumstances.(note the new date and timing of this meeting) Our Special General Meeting which was to be held this coming Monday, has been postponed until February 26 (see Postponement notice of meeting details sent out by MNI secretary.)  We’re almost there though, and on the Notice of meeting you will see where we are heading with our amalgamation process with the list of motions which will be put to members. One of our last items of business will be an Election of officers of the newly amalgamated Nelson Whakatū Menzshed, so be there to participate and be part of the decision making. Nominations can be made on the day or previously by email to the secretary Rod Schmidt.   


FEB  21   (Wed)                         FEB 26 (Mon)                    MAR 2 (Fri)                    MAR 5?(Mon)                       MAR 12?(Mon)


3.30pm NMI HQ                 4.30pm NMI HQ             1.00pm NWM HQ                    TBA                                             TBA

Move to new workshop premises early March still on schedule

We have recently received a draft lease to approve from NCC which, when signed by the new committee, will cement our lease for the agreed term of a year (initially) with further rights of renewal/occupation should this be available. The present committee believes we can make substantial progress to setting up a great workshop environment at the Reliance site, which can be moveable and transportable to alternative premises if need be.

Generous donations to gear up new workshop

Several generous donations of tools and equipment have been gifted to us from friends, supporters and members since the news of our impending shift to a new workshop premises became publicly known. We would like to publically acknowledge the generosity of Kerry Neal - a well known local builder, who is gifting several items of workshop quality machinery, Ash Wells - NMI member, who has donated a compressor and associated attachments/tools, and Gavin Cooke - present committee member and accomplished local boat builder, who has also offered workshop quality tools and equipment and possibly some timber. Just a reminder also that we has also been sponsored for our first years rent by an anonymous donor, and will also have some NCC community grants money totally $10,000 awarded to the new amalgamated shed entity, to help us with establishment costs and initiatives associated with the new premises. All this assistance places us in a pretty good position for a successful setup phase in the new premises, and with the WORKBOX PROJECT coming to fruition then things could be looking pretty good for an operational workshop coming together in this first half year. Once again a very BIG THANKS to all concerned for your generous assistance.  If you would also like to assist with any further donations of tools, equipment, or anything else you think might be useful, then please call Wayne Logan our workshop coordinator - phone 027346069.

 Workbox Update

Hold your breath, pray or offer up burnt sacrifices as we wait to hear from Rata foundation with our requested resubmitted application supporting the tooling up of WORKBOX – our relocatable containerised workshop – intended for use in community projects and workshop based projects when back in the Shed. We expect to hear back in the first week of March from the Rata Foundation whether our resubmission produces the desired result – so here’s hoping !  Combined with the probably of a suitably equipped workshop base at Reliance , we couldn’t hope for a better start to the year.

Open day planned for new workshop launch

Watch this space for an invitation to our Opening day at the new Reliance building workshop in early March. The tentative date is Monday March 12, and we will confirm this as things firm up in the next couple of weeks. Naturally we will appreciate offers of assistance from members with the occupation and setup of office/ rec room and workshop space, so don’t be retiring when the time comes to pitch in. We should firmer details of this at the SGM on the 26 march.

New Membership drive

Yes, we will be actively recruiting for new members once the initiatives described above take place.  Obviously we will be publicising developments via the usual channels as they take place, and Opening day will be a focal point for both publicity opportunities and for the local community to give us a visit and once over as well. If you have interested mates then let them know re developments and perhaps share this newsletter. Details of new subs will be decided by the new incoming committee