new community workshop

current issues faced at 206 cames rd

  • Currently hosted by S Mackay in his private workshop which is subject to sale
  • Membership growth stifled by location in Cames Road – we need to be in the village/heads
  • Biased towards woodworking with limited power supply
  • Current location has limited parking and no toilet
  • At capacity for storage of tools, machinery and equipment

As of 16th April ’21 S Mackay moved house. The Shed is therefore temporarily homeless. We continue to meet but our capacity to complete work for other local groups is seriously diminished for a short while.

future build

The Domain Society has accepted our proposal to build our new community workshop in the sports and recreation grounds. The legal basis has been agreed so attention now turns to how to do it.


Stage one: build a simple wooden kitset barn (80 square metres) which will maintain our focus on woodwork with much more space.
Stage two: extend the front of the building with a canopy which will provide a valuable large outdoor working area.
Stage three: build another similar barn structure(80sm) which will offer metal working capability.

We have been awarded a KDC grant from the MELA fund for $20k to help with the first stage and are busy fundraising to deal with the predicted $30k estimated shortfall to achieve stage one.

Site survey/Geotech report $4,000
Matt Wiley & Adam Both of Pacific Coast Survey have offered their services to get this community project underway. This work has been completed.
Cost to MS $0

Ground works/site prep $8,000
Viranda have agreed to do the earthworks and have added to their generosity by agreeing to extend the Domain’s car park in time for the annual Gala. This work has been completed.

For the second time Viranda hve come to our aid by agreeing to dig our foundations.
Cost to MS $0

Kitset $34,500
$20,000 covered by MELA funding
Cost to MS $14500 cost has been covered by our significant fundraising efforts! Deposit has been paid and off-site construction is underway.

Erection of stage one $20,000
Grant Van Dalsum of Spiral Enterprises has agreed to erect the Shed free of charge if we pay for the kitset. We will obviously need the support of a small team of builders. To date we have five volunteers ready to help.
Cost to MS $0

Concrete slab – supply and pour $10,000 (estimate)
Funding and supply still to be sourced. Quotations are sought. We acknowledge Pub Charity Limited who have awarded us a grant to cover this expense.
Cost to MS $0

Electrical  supply $12,000 (quote)
The electrical cable from power pole to building will cost $8k. North Power will charge a further $4k to connect us to this supply. 
This is not a cost we can yet met ……we welcome any suggestions here!!
Cost to MS $12,000

Plumbing $5,000 (estimate)
The wonderful people at the Mangawhai Opportunity Factory have given us a grant to purchase a slimline water tank. We will need to make the rainwater connections and water take off ourselves.
Cost to MS $5,000

Internal wiring $10,000 (estimate)
Before the workshop can become fully functional we will need to wire up the inside with appropriate fittings
Cost to MS $10,000

Painting $3,000 (estimate)
To finish things off the exterior batten and boards will need a couple of coats of paint 
Cost to MS $3,000

TOTAL costs still to be covered by fundraising and awesome people = $30,000

While the above seems like a lot, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of support we have received to date from locals who share our vison for a ‘Shed’ in our community. It will help cement the Mangawhai Shed for future generations and expand how we can help our community.

Shed members are currently ramping up their fundraising efforts for the base, electrical supply, and fitout. 

These are exciting days!!

Feel free to contact us if you have ideas about how we might realise our dream sooner.

Call Steve 021 347 66327