The little shed in the left hand corner was our first home
The initial steering committee for MenzShed Kapiti was Nigel Clough, Andrew Stephens and Charles Lloyd who had been involved with MenzShed Wellington. MenzShed Kapiti commenced operations July 2010 in a 40m2 shed which was part of the Waikanae depot made available by Kapiti Coast District Council.
You have to use your imagination to see the potential here
Working bees were necessary to make this habitable
The three wise men who started it all and made all the necessary contacts
The full potential of this KCDC depot was obvious from the outset
A working bee was needed to make the outside presentable
Strong coffee is part of the shed psyche and Nigel started it all here
Our shed sign and logo is the symbol that has now been adopted and copied nationally
The inside area was soon cleaned up and converted to a practical workshop
The team also made the most of the expanded outdoors area for working
Our power was fully rewired by our member, a registered electrician
We were given a gazebo to give us space when it rained
We improvised if rain interrupted work and stopped progress
Inside soon became crowded and full of tools
……………and then we were official with the Mayor [with the red top] assisting the cutting of the ribbon at the launch.
Nigel, as chairman, welcomed the group & explained how it all started
Jenny Rowan, the Mayor, supporting us on this momentous day
We had been in and cleaned up, put our mark on the place, had a lease and now this made it official.