Background on 16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was initiated in 1991 by the first Women's Global Leadership Institute, held by the Centre for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University]

The anti-violence theme is Orange colour and Nelson Soroptimist club wants to use shoes to represent the women and children who died as a result of violence in 2018. There were 15 women, 3 children under one and 2 others under 3 years. The children’s shoes and signwriting are to be added and will also have Christian name and age of the women by each pair of shoes.

Wayne Logan has constructed this symbolic representation above. Names yet to be added.


Annual General Meeting 2019

Our venue this year was the Earth Hub in the restored chapel at 235 Haven Road, the former site of The Chapel Cafe. Nelson photographer and activist Jose Cano generously allowed us the facility as it is not only just across the road from the menzshed, but also more spacious and better appointed than our own smoko rooms. We were fortunate to have present both Murray Leaning (Mitre 10 Mega sponsor) and the Honourable Nick Smith MP who has agreed to be our patron. Nick’s father is a menzshed member in Australia.


Prop Construction

Josie and Douglas are constructing a vast number of props for the forthcoming Beatrix Potter Ballet at the Theatre Royal. The Nelson/Whakatu Menzshed have offered them the space and shelter to complete the task. Josie has the honour of being the first woman to actively participate at the Menzshed. This is an historic moment which will be recorded in suitable fashion in due course.

Pegs for Sale


Pegs for Sale

We have pegs for sale from 40 cents each upwards depending on length. Drop in during activity times, Tuesday,Thursday and Sunday after 10 am, or place an order through the contacts page. Can be made to order.


The Car Company

Wayne Logan and Philip Chapman of the Nelson Whakatu Menzshed receive a generous donation from The Car Company and Shane Drummond (right).



Below is a growing series of images documenting the activities and progress of the Nelson/Whakatū Menzshed

Activities during September 2019

Activities during October 2019

Early days setting up in the huge space in the old Reliance building.


The Workbox delivered to the Reliance building ready for finishing work ie interior lining, shelving, painting etc.

A brief pictorial journey of the Menzshed setting up.


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