Fixing not wasting workshop

Dave Stewart, of Hawea Flat, watches Ros Goulding, from Deep Canyon, sew a tear in his backpack...
Dave Stewart, of Hawea Flat, watches Ros Goulding, from Deep Canyon, sew a tear in his backpack at the first Wastebusters Repair Revolution event held in Wanaka on Saturday. PHOTO: KERRIE WATERWORTH
Clothing, backpacks, hot-water jugs, jewellery, gumboots, prams, laptops, bike tyres, bike helmets and ornaments were the most common items brought in for repair at the first Wastebusters Repair Revolution event held in Wanaka on Saturday.

Co-organiser Sophie Ward said the idea to host the repair cafe-style event was born out of her frustration at seeing so many broken items going to landfill.

"We did some research last year and we discovered the main reason why people don’t get things repaired is because they don’t know how to repair them or where to take them to get them repaired.

"We thought if we can connect people who want to have things fixed with people who can fix them and they can share those skills in a really practical way, then this could be the start of what we are calling the repair revolution," Ms Ward said.

More than half the volunteer fixers at the Presbyterian church event on Saturday were specialised skilled sewers, including Ros Goulding, of Albert Town.

"In canyoning we go through heaps of gear and over the last 30 years I have got really good at repairing things," she said.

"I think it is great people can have things repaired and go on and use them to their full life," she said.

Repair events were planned for Hawea, Alexandra, and Queenstown over two months.

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