From refuse to reuse . . . Wanaka Wastebusters project manager Sophie Ward shows a ‘‘tools trailer’’ that will help locals become more confident repairing items. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON

Don’t get weary or teary when your toaster stops popping or your teddy loses a limb.

Instead join the repair revolution Wanaka Wastebusters project manager Sophie War says.

The community social enterprise is bringing back the joy of repair, refurbish and restore at a series of popup events.

The events were originally planned for May but had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Miss Ward said.

They will now take place in the spring in Queenstown, Wanaka and Alexandra. Wanaka Wastebusters said it was looking for skilled repairers to help teach other people simple ways to fix items around the home.

The repair events would feature a ‘‘tools trailer’’ equipped with sewing essentials, an electrical testing kit, and tools for fixing small appliances, furniture, toys and other assorted items.

The philosophy of repair events was also about giving practical skills to the community.
‘‘It is all learning, it is about connecting.’’

The aim was to move closer to a ‘‘circular economy’’ so there were fewer items that ended up in landfill, instead being able to reuse, repurpose or repair items, Miss Ward said.

‘‘We did some research last year and what we found was the number one barrier to repair was people just didn’t know where to go to get their things fixed.’’

People were beginning to think more about resilience, and about how they could be more resourceful, Miss Ward said.

There were many simple things that could be done to prolong the life of a product, from fixing a cord or a plug, repairing bicycles, repairing children’s toys and more.

‘‘There are so many things we can do if we only know how.’’


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