Kerri Ardern will be bringing her sewing machine along to the Silver Service Repair Cafe. Photo: Kate Russell.

Repair cafe comes to Tāhunanui church


Kerri Ardern has been sewing since she was nine years old. Now, she is now looking forward to teaching others her craft at a new repair cafe for Tāhunanui.

Aptly named ‘Silver Service Repair Cafe’, the new community initiative for senior citizens will be held weekly at the Tāhunanui Community Church from 21 July.

“The idea is good,” says Kerri. “Lots of people don’t know how to sew and I’ll be happy to teach them how to mend things.”

And it’s not just sewing, according to co-ordinator Atje Faber.

“We are envisioning that there will be physical repairs – fixing bikes, sewing on buttons, putting in screws, checking electrical equipment, cooking for one classes, mending and darning socks – to name but a few,” she says.

“We also envision there to be legal repair, emotional repair, neighbourhood repair, financial repair and spiritual repair.

It will be ‘cafe style’ where seniors can buy a coffee and a scone for a donation and stay for a soup lunch if they would like to be involved with the ‘sit and be fit’ session in the afternoon.

Atje says there is already a lot of interest in the idea and people can just show up on the day.

“No enrolment is necessary. If we had five people turn up on the first day, that would be great – but I think we’ll do better.”

The Silver Service Repair Cafe will be held every Tuesday at 9:30am from 21 July at the Tāhunanui Community Church at 61 Tāhunanui Drive.

To find out more, contact Atje on 0272406302 or email [email protected]