“A makerspace (or “hackerspace”) is a community operated, often “not for profit” workspace where people with common interests can meet, socialise and collaborate.”
Te Puna Auaha intends to enable all of the above, and to take things further into the social enterprise model with a strong push on sustainability, recycling, upcycling, community and mental health support.
We believe that there was/is a need for all of these things to be operating at a community level and the Covid-19 pandemic has further reinforced that belief. Coming out of a crisis, whether that’s earthquake, wildfires, terrorist attacks or pandemics, the strain on individuals and communities seems palpable. We want to provide a safe and productive space for people to come to and to engage and feel productive and appreciated.
We plan to get this model up and running here in Lyttelton and, if successful, we hope to transplant the idea to other communities looking to engage with their people.
Our job will be to create the safe space and provide and maintain the tools that we put there. We will listen to ideas and suggestions and to try to encourage and enable those as best we can. We want creators to reach deep into their potential and to bring forward ideas so we can do our best to try to support those sorts of ambitions.
Ideally people will be able to come to the space, find the tools and materials to work with and then use them on the site or, in at least the case of the Lyttelton Library of Tools and Things, borrow those items and take them away to use.
We also want people to come to learn and share their talents and skills. The idea here is that we will have people with expertise to come and share that with people and teach and inspire.
We’ll also be gathering information and contacts/connections to share with the community and we’re planning to make those across a variety of platforms, so we can provide a library of DIY, sustainability and other information to help in the new normal.