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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Naomi on 23 Nov 2023
Naomi on 23 Oct 2023
Zero Waste Network

Kia ora Naomi, Many thanks for your monthly donation. We so appreciate your support. Ngā mihi, the RCANZ Team :)

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Harbour Grounds
Harbour Grounds on 20 Oct 2023
Thanks for visiting our Eco Market, we love what you do!
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Kia ora Maia, Thanks so much for your generous donation. We had a lot of fun and met some awesome people who were keen to get their belongings fixed and keep them away from landfill. Congrats to a fantastic Eco Day!! The RCANZ Team

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Jennifer (Jenny)
Jennifer (Jenny) on 14 Oct 2023
Zero Waste Network

Kia ora Jenny, Thanks so very much for your kind donation to Repair Cafe Aotearoa NZ. This helps us keep going and support more repair opportunities in the community. The RCANZ Team :)

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Naomi on 23 Sep 2023
Zero Waste Network

Kia ora Naomi, Thank you so much for being a loyal supporter of Repair Cafe Aotearoa NZ! With much appreciation, The RCANZ Team :)

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