Enjoy the cool sounds.


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).

Cooking Classes for Men

Start dates:
Thursday 21st February at 3pm to 5.30pm
Thursday 21st March at 3pm to 5.30pm
Learn to cook your own healthy food
Gain more confidence to be adventurous in the kitchen.
Start eating better food.
Impress your kids and friends.
Improve your health by eating better.
Keep up your energy levels all day long.
Meet new people.

Your teacher has been a chef and gourmet restaurant owner and is passionate about teaching you how to make delicious healthy food

Ph: Sally 0211 709 443 Email: sallyrees60@gmail.com

Sam admires the stunning carving on the Waka presently stored at the Menzshed for Waitangi Day Celebrations.

Some good reading below.

Welcome to the latest round-up of Shed related items from the Executive, and around the country.
Click the link to find the National Menzshed news letter.

The Committee hopes that you all had a good Christmas break and wishes you and your loved all the very best for 2019. 
With the new year comes new challenges and goals and for our shed it has become apparent with our growing membership that our use of the main shed space needs to be addressed. 
We would like to ask for volunteers to form a "Workshop Team" to oversee development of the main shed into a space that can be effectively used by members for personal and community projects.The "Team" will also evaluate any donations offered to the Shed so that we can gauge how useful potential donated items might be and if we wish to take them. 
Please respond to this email if you are interested in being on a "Workshop Team"  to help us get the most out of our Shed.Many thanksGraeme O'Brien Secretary 

AGM.2018 Election of officers.

Open Day at the Shed 27 October 2018

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.


Oreo Award for Innovation

Colin has modified this metal band-saw. He has renewed the base and raised the platform to an ergonomically sensible height suitable for older users. The addition of pull-out handles with which to comfortably tilt and roll the device into the best location adds to its safe usage. The variable speed pulley system is cleverly concealed in an easily accessible enclosure on the left top. A clamp allowing a firm grip on pieces being sawn has been added, as has an adjustable horizontal work-piece support bar and a retractable tray below which catches the fine metal waste from the saw. Altogether a supreme effort. Colin gets this week’s Oreo Award for Innovation.


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

Light Nelson Festival

Larrise Hall asked for help constructing a huge table for one of her entries in the Light Nelson Festival. The Nelson/Whakatu Menzshed came to the party. Below are a sequence of the day's effort. Saw horses and table tops had already been expertly consructed and these together with many 4 by 2's needed to be transported to the site at "The Queen's Gardens" all to be snuggly fitted together, but not without some initial head scratching and a blip or two.

A successful day's fun was had by all.


18 recent photos below of the new shed and activities within. 


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


If you get a shed, they will come   Nelson Mail  6 Apr 2018 

The first get-together at the new Reliance workshop area. Image courtesy of Stuff/Nelson Mail

The first get-together at the new Reliance workshop area. Image courtesy of Stuff/Nelson Mail

The Nelson Menzshed groups have merged and been given the Reliance Engineering building as a new base by the Nelson City Council.
An old engineering shed in Nelson has an enthusiastic bunch of new occupants in the form of Menzshed members.
Almost two years after the Nelson Menzshed asked the Nelson City Council for help in finding suitable premises, the organisation has a new home in the old Reliance Engineering building on Haven Rd.
The two urban Menzshed groups, Nelson and, Whakatū merged last year and are in the process of getting the shed set up. Co-chair Philip Chapman said the group had been given a year lease on the council-owned building and $10,000 from the community fund to get it going.
Fellow co-chair Denis Moriarty said the group were ‘‘absolutely delighted’’ with the space.
‘‘It’s exciting to have a roof over our heads because it has been a long time coming.’’
Moriarty said the group had about 50 members who came from different backgrounds and had a diverse range of skills.
It was ‘‘ hammer time’’ that brought them all together, the chance to work on projects, seek help from others and give back to the community.
The new premises included a design room, seminar room and of course, a smoko room.
‘‘It looks like everyone is just sitting around having a cup of tea but it is basically the engine room of a Menzshed, it’s about mateship, fellowship, fraternity and sharing ideas,’’ Moriarty said.
‘It’s not just about catering for a certain section of the community, it’s about what those people can give back as well.’’
Chapman said the council understood that men could suffer from social isolation in old age and that the Menzshed aimed to combat that.
‘‘All the research indicates it is males that don’t have networks so this shed fills a real gap for those men.
‘‘If you set up a support group for older men over a cup of coffee, no-one would come.
‘‘You set up a shed and you get hundreds.
‘‘There are hundreds of men with great skills just out there painting their letterbox for the tenth time, bored out of their trees,’’ Chapman said.
‘‘You will find incredible skills in the older generation and I think they are undervalued and they are disappearing so we need to teach some of these skills to younger guys.’’
Chapman said they were keen to hear from anyone who wanted to join, or had tools to donate and could help in getting the shed set up.
Anyone interested in joining the Menzshed can drop into the shed at 234 Haven Rd on Tuesday or Thursday from 9.00 am onwards.


A brief pictorial journey of the Menzshed settin up.


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