Our Shed was originally set up in 2015 as part of a local community initiative called The Gribblehirst Community Hub Trust in Gribblehirst Park. The Shed has now separated from that Trust and has formed the Auckland Central Community Shed Incorporated. The Shed occupies the ground floor of the building and Gribblehirst Hub occupies the first floor.
We are affiliated with the MENZSHED New Zealand organisation, but operate under our own structure as an independent shed with a wider reaching community focus, including women and younger members, as reflected in our kaupapa (purpose) and our community work.
Our Shed is a primarily place for Members to enjoy comradeship whilst being able to carry on their interests in woodwork, metal-work (engineering) or technical (electrical).
We welcome Members to share our lunchroom which has hot water, a microwave, toaster, fridge, etc. Milk, tea and coffee is provided free of charge and we have a regular morning tea get together at 11.15 am on the days we are open.
As homes get smaller and more expensive, we often don't have the space for machinery such as drill presses, table saws and thicknessers. Our large woodwork area includes these and more, as well as a large array of power and hand tools.
Our Technology Room is under development but can cater for electronics, media, small model making, sign printing and 3D printing.
Our engineering workshop provides for metal-work machines including a lathe and miller, and equipment for welding.