Repair Café Aotearoa NZ

Repair Café Aotearoa NZ

Repair Café Aotearoa NZ supports local Repair Cafés to repair your personal belongings for free, and pass on repair skills to you.


Repair Cafés are free pop-up events where local people bring in their broken or damaged belongings and local volunteer experts do their best to repair them. The aim of Repair Café Aotearoa New Zealand (RCANZ) is to foster a culture of repair in New Zealand.

Repair Café Aotearoa New Zealand (RCANZ) operates to support existing repair cafés scattered across the country with promotion, advocacy, and capacity building to amplify the impacts of repair for local communities. By reducing duplication of organisational processes, providing promotional and practical support for event organisers, RCANZ enables local groups to focus on engaging their communities, supporting their volunteers, and providing fun and inclusive events that build connection, support community resilience, and reduce waste. Assistance with setting up a repair café in one's neighbourhood is another focus of RCANZ. There are over 50 Repair Cafés running in New Zealand, and more are popping up all the time.

RCANZ is currently run by a small, volunteer steering committee who dedicate their time to this national endeavour.

RCANZ sits within the context of the International Repair Café movement (2009), the Right to Repair movement, and advocacy for mandatory Product Stewardship in New Zealand. Making products repairable and durable by design is an essential step toward waste minimisation, decarbonisation and climate justice, a goal that RCANZ supports actively with its collaborators.

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Repair Café Aotearoa NZ’s (RCANZ) vision is to foster the New Zealand culture of repair among the community, businesses and government agencies. Making Repair Café management easy and a supportive experience is our goal.

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 07 Apr 2024
Cash donations Rotorua Repair Cafe 6/4
Zero Waste Network

Kia ora awesome Rotorua Repair Cafe! We appreciate your wonderful mahi in the repair space and are grateful for your donation. The RCANZ Team :)

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Amanda on 01 Apr 2024
Love your work - we need more of this in NZ (and elsewhere)!
Zero Waste Network

Kia ora Amanda, Our sincere gratitude for your recent donation to Repair Cafe Aotearoa NZ! Your generous contribution is a valuable vote of confidence in our mission. With your support, we can continue to offer free repair events in underserved communities. Thank you for being a part of the solution! The RCANZ Team :)

Zero Waste Network
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 30 Mar 2024
Zero Waste Network

Kia ora Mary, You are a truly dedicated friend of repair and sustainability! Your generous gift will allow us expand volunteer resources and support the launch of Repair Cafes in new regions. Thank you! The RCANZ Team :)

Zero Waste Network
Susan on 30 Mar 2024
Zero Waste Network

Kia ora Susan, Thank you so much for your generous donation! Your support strengthens our repair community in Aotearoa. Together, we can make a difference. The RCANZ Team :)

Zero Waste Network
Emily on 29 Mar 2024
Zero Waste Network

Kia ora Emily, Thank you so much for your kind donation! Together, let's keep repair thriving in Aotearoa. The RCANZ Team :)

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