Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull cuts the ribbon to open the new Taieri Blokes' Shed with founding member Bob Biggart at the Taieri airfield on Saturday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
After six years of community work, the Taieri blokes have
''outgrown'' their old shed and upgraded to a larger,
refurbished home at the Taieri Aero Club.
The new and improved shed is about three times the size of
the old one, giving more scope to the work they can do.
The Taieri Blokes' Shed officially opened on Saturday when
president Ian Miller gave some acknowledgments, followed by
some words from original president Bob Biggart.
Mayor Dave Cull attended.
Mr Miller said space in the old shed had become limited with
the growing number of members and it was becoming a safety
''We can now tackle more at once.''
Previously the blokes had been limited to about one to two
projects a week, and now, depending on the size of the
projects, they were hoping to get about five to six done.
''We can spread numbers around.''
The group, based in Taieri Aero Club facilities, have moved
from the old air hangar shed to the stables block, but the
new shed needed a lot of work.
In true Taieri Blokes' Shed fashion, group members did the
refurbishing themselves, doing the rewiring, putting in a new
ceiling and additional walls, plastering and painting the
inside, jobs that took them a year.
With a larger home and slowly growing in members, the group
would now have the opportunity to open a third day a week.
''The potential is there to grow a bit more,'' Mr Miller
The group did all of its work in the shed, so as long as it
could fit in the shed the group would give it a crack, he
Following the opening, the Taieri blokes had a meeting with
Neil McArthur, of the Alexandra men's shed, and discussed the
methods of running their sheds.
Mr Miller said it was a great way to ''feed off each other''.
''We are always looking for ways to improve and better the
shed as we go,'' he said.
• For information about the Taieri Blokes' Shed, contact Ian
Miller on 489-3666 or Eddy Christensen on 488-2096.