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Repair Cafe coming to Hastings

James Taylor Repair Cafe

A new event that provides tools and opportunities to protect the environment and support sustainability is to open in Hastings in May.

After seeing what Sustainable Napier was doing with the Napier Repair Café, Hastings local James Taylor wanted to make a space where Hastings residents could come and fix broken or damaged belongings instead of throwing them out and buying more.

With funding support from Hastings District Council’s Waste Minimisation Fund, he’s making it happen with free events where people come along with broken or damaged belongings and local volunteer experts do their best to repair them.

Having identified that people might not have all the tools they need, James is determined to make repairing accessible.

“I’d love to foster a culture of repair in New Zealand, for this to be front of mind for people when something they own breaks,” he said.

To that end he has lined up a series of different venues to be a part of a trial – with the goal of making the events permanent. The first one is taking place on Sunday, May 14, at the Hastings Central Library from 1pm to 4pm.

It isn’t just for those who need to get something fixed – but also for those who have skills and want to help do the fixing and teaching.

“We know not everyone has the skills to repair things, so we want to start educating people and actually make fixing achievable.”

His goal is to get people to really start thinking about what they buy, and when purchasing something to take a moment and think – if this breaks, could I fix it?

James is on the lookout for volunteers too – from administrative support to bakers and fixer-uppers. If you’re keen to volunteer, email

 More information can be found online at

24 April 2023

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