The Roots: Creative Entrepreneurs

The Roots aim to empower young people by developing opportunities to showcase creativity, innovation, and design, while inspiring generations (community) about environmental awareness and sustainability.

Auckland Central Community SHED and Gribblehirst HUB

The Gribblehirst HUB ,is a wider community society.A "shed" based on the MENZSHED ideals,with separate woodwork and engineering sections,where people can continue hobbies or learn woodwork/engineering.We assist local community projects by making items for social events.The kitchen and social room always welcomes you ,for a chat and a cupper.Your first visit is free,but many become ardent friends for life.The community section ,(200 sq m)on the first floor is available for a wide range of community organisations,and has a large kitchen and meeting room,that has a separate entrance and full facilities,with wheelchair access.Contact us to receive more information.

Rata Studios New Zealand

Established in January 2013, we share a love of the arts and the vibrant community of creative people who contribute towards the diversity of this space.

CPAS prides itself on offering specialised professional courses to children and adults in focused areas of drama, music, dance, visual art and creative technologies.

Taught by industry professionals, using state of the art equipment, in world class facilities, and with strong relationships to the industry, we provide inspiring opportunities for our people to access and make a life in the creative and performing arts.

Rata Studios operates out of the incredible Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre.

South Auckland Woodturners Guild

The guild is fortunate to have amongst its membership, several competent turner/demonstrators, and their input, combined with the resources that our committee call upon, provide members with a varied and continually challenging programme.

In a country blessed with a variety of timbers, it is no small wonder that crafts abound in New Zealand, and that working with wood is so popular. Just think of the work we see done in our homes by handymen who have grown up in the ‘do it yourself’ tradition.

Mangere Mens Shed

Mangere community members have set up the first of what they hope will be several Men's Sheds in the area - places where blokes without their own work sheds can go to create or build, learn from others or just hang out for a chat. talks to those who are making the most of the scheme. In a tool-laden shed wedged between a paint and panel workshop and a mechanics garage, a group of men's men are loudly going about their business. Hands scarred by years of work, faces lined by years of living and trade skills honed by several decades worth of job experience are being put to use in a burgeoning community venture in Mangere, south Auckland. The Men's Shed on Tidal Road is a haven for blokes who have all but hung up their professional tool belts, but still want to potter away in a workshop and give back to the community. It's also there for the younger generation who want to borrow that knowledge and put their own skills with a hammer or lathe to the test - DIY know-how that many lament is becoming a relic of a more self-reliant past. Mangere East Family Service Centre CEO Peter Sykes says the shed is a place for blokes to be blokes. "In this community men don't have sheds like they used to and we needed a place where guys could meet and talk where they could learn skills, share their skills," he said. "These guys have been sitting at home wanting something to do and through the paper and through word of mouth, they just turn up." Sykes hopes it becomes a place where members will also help each other in less tangible ways, whether it be coping with grief, getting used to retirement or just some camaraderie. "Once men meet then they can start talking and that's really what we want to happen. "Rather than going to a waiting room or a councilors the guys are already talking about their health and talking about relationships and... they're passing on their skills to young people." Such an environment might even be music to the Accident Compensation Corporation's ears - more than 33,000 people were seriously injured doing DIY last year. Four thousand alone were seriously hurt falling off ladders, around 460 people a week were injured while using a tool at home - nearly three an hour. The blokes shed idea is not unique - there are more than 400 around Australia as well as one in Franklin which produces furniture. Sykes says they want up to six sheds around the community, though they won't all be filled with tools. The plan is for people to use it to work on their own projects, either for their homes, for other peoples or for sale. The current clientele, carpenters and engineers and the like, are putting what started as an empty shed together, finding tools, rigging frames and putting together work benches though they say there is a long way to go. It is hoped the venture will be self-sustaining, with proceeds from sales earning both members and the shed an income. The shed is located behind Moon Motors at 68d Tidal Road in Mangere. It's open Monday and Wednesday from 9am until 1pm

The Foundation

A Makerspace, sometimes called Hackerspace, is both a physical place and a community. What binds the community together is the joy of making things. There is no limit on what “things” can mean in this context, many makerspaces have a bias towards electronics or physical computing projects but it can, and should, include working with wood, fabric, food, glass, metal, beer or projects that include all of those… anything that can be made, discussed, refined and tinkered with.

Lytton High School MakerSpace

A joint venture between Lytton High School and the community.

Creative L@b

Auckland Council in partnership with the Puketapapa Local Board, have launched the Puketapapa Creative Lab as the first digital learning space co designed in collaboration with the community.

In order to design a digital space that provides value and meaning to the community, an Empowered Communities Approach (ECA) model is being rolled out. The Creative Lab hopes to function and respond to the communities needs and aspirations. The Creative Lab will be operated by both staff and a local collective which have the skills and expertise to run digital projects. The Creative Lab will allow users to be connected, learn, and experiment with the digital resources offered in the space. The space features: - Video Editing software - Music Recording Studio Equipment - 3D Printer - Vinyl Cutter - Green Screen + Photography Equipment - All-In-One touch screen computers - Mobile Laptops - Furnishings assembled by students at Wesley Intermediate and various community groups.

The Creative Lab aims to amplify community-led efforts that nurture innovative learning, foster cultural connections, and cultivate employment opportunities. This funky and innovative space is co-designed by the Puketapapa Local Board, Auckland Council, the Roskill community, and many other local partners.

This space is available for groups to use for digital learning. For more information please contact: Nyrene Crowley -

MakerShop NZ

Fab Lab Masterton

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Fab Lab Christchurch

Fab Lab Chch is a community digital fabrication workshop that supports grass-roots innovation. Our goal is to empower people to become the makers and creators of their own world.

The renewal of Christchurch's built environment has activate a range of fresh thinking and innovation around the way we engage with our urban landscape. Fab Lab Chch seeks to capture this innovative thinking and offer citizens a platform to bring their ideas to life