4th April, 2012 - Posted by Donald Pettitt - 3 Comments
Greetings New Zealand MenzShed Aotearoa (MENZSA) supporters
The National MENZ SHED CONFERENCE will be hosted by the Waimea Menz Shed in Nelson from 15-17 February 2013. This is only seven months since the 2012 conference, but we have some weighty issues to discuss, and we also wanted to bring the conference into the summer season so people can enjoy a break in the sunshine before or after the conference. On that note, we are planning an optional fishing trip on board a charter vessel out of Havelock on either the 14th or 18th of February (confirmation and details to follow).
The National Steering Committee is now calling for programme and presentation support to offers of financial / sponsorship involvement.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
We wish to confirm a public register of Sheds in New Zealand. Several Shed members are already expressing planning to visit other sheds in New Zealand and Overseas. National Membership will assist this with reciprocal benefits. Ideally each shed should have some presence on the internet and this can begin with a list of sheds, a physical address, contact name and details and hours of operation. Any Sheds with no or outdated information on the web site are encouraged to submit an up-to-date summary of information about their Shed to John Bush, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please copy your e-mail to Martin Cox, who administers the web site, so he can post your information on the web site – email@example.com. A good example of what we are looking for can be found on the Picton Community Men’s Shed page (accessed from this web site’s home page).
A National Association
Our national association is purely an association of member sheds which is supported by the Australian Men’s Shed Association and as of August 2011 is now a part of an International Association of Men’s sheds. This International Association presently includes Ireland, England, Wales, Canada and recently in some European countries like Portugal. Our national association does not dictate what each shed should or should not do, but where possible will move to attract advantages and benefits for all member sheds by collectively working with each other. Already some business discounts and insurance scheme reductions have saved our Sheds several hundred dollars. Your ideas about how our association can work best work for each other collectively is paramount and, as with the 2012 conference, will be the focus for us at the 2013 conference.