Remaker reopens in Tauranga

The Remaker team of Charlotte Greer, Alyssa Reed and Stephanie Brooke. Photo: John Borren/SunLive.

A social enterprise that promotes sustainability is reopening in Tauranga city centre this weekend.

Remaker will now be situated in Red Square, having moved from Our Place which is closing down in February 2022.

Locals are invited to visit the new space this Saturday, from 10am-2pm. There will be free weaving and paper craft workshops and a free sausage sizzle.

People can also buy food and drink from the Mount Zion café, which has also relocated from Our Place to Red Square

Jackie Paine, co-founder of Remaker, says Remaker is now in partnership with Mount Zion.

“A cafe was another drawcard to visitors,” she says.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming more people as well as engaging in activities with Downtown Tauranga and Tauranga City Council.”

Remaker will continue its usual work of mentoring small businesses to be sustainable, as well as running workshops on how to reuse materials creatively.

Upcoming workshops include ‘sew a bum bag’, how to make bags out of textiles rescued from landfill and making Christmas cards and gifts out of recycled materials.

Other workshops will teach people how to make sourdough bread, leather earrings and your own bucket hat for summer.

“The workshops are always very popular, so keep an eye on our website to see what is coming up,” says Jackie.

A new addition is a shop which will sell some of the sustainable products made by small businesses that are being mentored, as well as products from other local sustainable businesses.

“The shop is a great way for entrepreneurs to test the market. For those that come and buy, you will get a unique item and support new local businesses.”

With interest in sustainability growing in the community, Remaker has employed three young creatives as part of their team.

Alyssa Reed has joined as operations manager, and will be organising the workshops. She will also share her knowledge of papermaking and woodwork, and has recently completed an exciting project for New Zealand fashion designer Ruby, making knitting needles out of wood.

Charlotte Greer will be in charge of social media and the new shop. Economics graduate Charlotte runs a sustainable business, Veto, which creates zero-waste multipurpose cleaning products.

Stephanie Hellier will oversee seminars and events at Remaker.

Stephanie has been working in the sustainability sector for years and is the founder of two businesses; One Small Change, which makes bin liners and freezer bags, and Brooke, which makes bags from window blinds.

The new members join a growing team of creatives and entrepreneurs who are all keen to share their knowledge and ideas for a sustainable lifestyle with the Tauranga community, says Jackie.

“Everyone is invited to come and join us on Saturday. Bring your mask, and get ready to be inspired.”

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