On the road again: Sustainable Queenstown's Esther Whitehead's helping bring the Repair Revolution back to Queenstown today


The Repair Revolution’s coming back to Queenstown today.

The programme’s a collaboration between Sustainable Queenstown’s Esther Whitehead and Wanaka Wastebusters, which sees willing and skilled vollies matched with people who have things in need of fixing — from toys to treasures and jewellery.

Wastebusters event organiser Abbey Lewis says they’re grate ful to the 60 volunteers who
helped out last year, and whose ‘‘collective experience was invaluable’’.

‘‘We’re once again looking for volunteer fixers of all kinds to share their talents at this year’s events.

‘‘Whether you’re a pro, or just a handy person, we’d love you to come along and share your repair skills with the community.’’

Lewis says they need volunteers to fix things like computers, electronics, small appliances, small furniture, clothes, jewellery, bikes and books.

Whitehead says the Repair Revolution tool trailer will also be on site, full of equipment for
repairers to use.

Included in the Repair Revolution’s aims is to reduce waste, share skills, and model the
circular economy in action.

Lewis: ‘‘We live in a society that revolves around consumption but we aim to empower people to renew, revive and repair their things to keep them out of landfill.’’

Queenstown’s Repair Revolution’s being held today, from 10am till 2pm, at Frankton’s St Margaret’s Church.

Another event will be held in June, with more planned in October.

Volunteer repairers can sign up at