Wednesday, 8 June 2016

onwards and upwards

To my readers and blog followers:
Please note that I am no longer connected in any way with the entity calling itself "Men's Shed North Shore".

Earlier this year I informed the board of trustees that:
(1) in my opinion the point-blank refusal of the Chairman to hold any meetings with the members to discuss Shed issues was surely undemocratic
(2) the further refusal of the Chairman to discuss health and safety matters at the Shed was at best irresponsible, as I and many other members regard health and safety measures at MSNS to be totally inadequate and have repeatedly informed the board of our concerns. One member has already lost a thumb while using the table saw at the Shed, and it is only a matter of time before someone else is either seriously maimed or killed in this facility.

The response of the board was to terminate my membership.

Thankfully this will mean that I will not be held liable when legal proceedings are taken against the Shed when the next serious accident, or a fatality, occurs.

I continue to be interested in the trials and tribulations of retirement as it affects men, and will continue to research and write about the subject, as well as visit well-managed Men's Sheds in New Zealand.

Martin Adlington

Thursday, 7 January 2016

shed members help local school

For the last few days MSNS members have been helping with urgent renovation work at the Northcote Maori school Hato Pereta.
The school trust is hoping to complete repairs to a section of the boarding house so that boarders are able to move in at the beginning of the next school term.
Any help is welcome (skilled or unskilled) and much appreciated.
Lunch and dinner are provided, as well as ongoing tea, coffee and scones.
Plenty of parking onsite at 103 College Road - the site is beside the distinctive Maori meeting house on the city-side of College Road near the intersection with Akoranga Drive..
Hours 10am-6pm.
Just turn up and tell them you are from the Shed.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

tauranga shed video

I spent a day wandering around the Tauranga Shed with my camera and talking with the members.

See the video at:

kawerau shed video

I enjoyed a day with the boys at the Kawerau Shed, during which a stray tomcat visited as he does on days the Shed opens. The cat's name is "Spray' as in "Spray and walk away"!

See the video at:

Friday, 16 October 2015

a visit to the keri keri shed

I am currently on a road trip north of Auckland.
During the week I visited the Keri Keri Men's Shed. Here is a video of my visit.

Friday, 4 September 2015

august video online

The August video for the Men's Shed North Shore, Auckland, NZ, is now online on my Shed youtube channel
Chris & Sephen troubleshooting

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

northcote library

On Monday a crew from the Shed spent the morning breaking out bricks to create spaces for two community garden planter-boxes at Northcote Library - it was hard yakka as they were well and truely cemented in!:


Winston takes a break


Dave W


Well-done all!