Making Repair part of everyday lives.

​Wastebusters Repair Revolution empowers people to renew, revive and repair their things to keep them in circulation and out of landfill.

We’re challenging the status quo by proving an alternative world that revolves around consumption. Since our first-ever event in 2020, our superstar fixers have repaired hundreds of items from favourite clothing and much-loved toys to electronics, jewellery and cherished ceramics.

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    Our Repair Revolution aims to:

    • Reduce waste by offering an alternative to our ‘throwaway culture’
    • Share repair knowledge and skills
    • Demonstrate how satisfying making repairs can be
    • Build community connections
    • Model the circular economy in action


    Upcoming Repair events.

    These are free, volunteer-based events where people get together to share their repair knowledge and experience. People who enjoy fixing things (Fixers) help people with broken things (Visitors). Visitors are encouraged to learn and participate in the repair of their broken items.

    The Repair Revolution is back for Autumn 2024! Join us for a day of fixing, mending, sewing & skill sharing! Sunday 14 April and Sunday 5 May, 11am-3pm at the Wānaka Community Workshop & Fabricate. 

      Repair Revolution is proudly supported by Queenstown Lakes District Council Zero Waste District Programme.

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      Join us as a repair volunteer/hero!

      We’re looking for fixers and volunteers of all kinds.  Are you handy with a needle, a hammer, or a soldering iron? Whether you can darn a sock or perform intricate repairs, we’d love to have you join our team of volunteer repair superheroes.  Every skill level is welcome! Your repair skills in fixing household items such as computers, electronics, small appliances, small furniture, clothes, toys, jewellery, books, bikes and more, are all welcome.

      Please complete the Volunteer Sign-up form and we’ll be in touch.

      What can I bring to get repaired? 

      Generally, we welcome anything that’s broken, and which you can manage to carry on your own, for example clothing, small furniture, crockery, housewares, bicycles, toys and some electrical appliances (please only bring appliances that are low voltage).

      While you wait for your treasures to be restored, enjoy a feel-good day out with games and activities. Pull up a chair, sit with your repairer, and maybe even learn a new skill or two!

      A guide to our local repairers. 

      Need something fixed but can’t make it to a repair event? We have so many skilled repair superheroes within our community who can help mend, repair and fix your broken treasures in between our Repair events.

      Click here to find repairers of all sorts in our local area.

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      Simon’s bike maintenance must-dos

      Simon, our resident reuse superstar lives and breathes bikes. On his days off, he’s hitting the trails and every workday, you’ll see him cycling to and from work. Today, he’s here to share his wealth of knowledge on bike maintenance with you, so that you can keep your bike in tip-top shape for years to come.

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        The art and heart of visible mending

        Life can move pretty fast sometimes – kids – kids’ social life – work – but our comms manager Ruth has found a way to slow it all down with the art of visible mending. Learn everything you need to know to start the new skill of visible mending for yourself and reap the many rewards, as well as give your old stuff some new love!

          Want to run your own repair event?

          Here’s our how-to guide!


          Any other questions?
          Check out our FAQs page or please email