New DEANZ Repair café opens in Greys Avenue

The newest Repair Café in DEANZ stable, has opened at Te Matawai, 139 Greys Avenue, making a total of eight around Auckland.

Doughnut Economics Advocates New Zealand (DEANZ) is all about sustainability and building community. Rather than taking materials and consuming them or throwing them in landfill, we follow the principals of regenerating and restoring, repairing and reusing.

At Repair Cafes people can get their household goods fixed for free. They bring in things like electric kettles or blenders, clothing with tears or unravelled seams, children’s toys, small furniture like chairs or coffee tables, bikes and laptops – as long as they are small enough to carry in their arms.

In about 70% of cases, our volunteer repairers can make them work again. Koha (donations) help keep the work of the Repair Cafés going, along with funding from the Lotteries Commission and Foundation North.

The Greys Avenue Repair Café is a special one because it is held in Kainga Ora’s beautiful new development which caters both for the previously homeless and regular residents.

The visitors are thrilled to have a favourite item of theirs repaired, sometimes even learning how to repair it themselves next time as they watch the repairers work. And for the volunteers, apart from the pleasure of using their skills to restore an item, or help organise a Repair Café, It is rewarding to share in their appreciation.

Some of the volunteers are from the Kainga Ora and surrounding Greys Avenue community. Others are part of DEANZ’ dedicated team. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at

Ponsonby locals are spoiled for choice because not only is the Greys Avenue Repair Café held on the fourth Saturday of every month from 11am to 2pm, there is also the Grey Lynn Repair Café on the second Saturday of every month held in the Unitarian Church at 1A Ponsonby Rd.

As well as the Repair Cafés, DEANZ has also developed four Doughnut Hubs in collaboration with schools. One of them is at Newton Central School in Grey Lynn. There, food scraps are composted and community gardens created, reducing the amount of harmful methane entering the atmosphere.

The school children get directly involved, learning about composting, the Carbon Cycle and enjoying the fruits of their labour. Volunteers enjoy participating in working bees to progress the sites. They are another perfect example of building a sense of community and demonstrating sustainability at work.

For more information about Doughnut Economics Advocates New Zealand, our Repair Cafes or Doughnut Hubs, go to or, or

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