Makerspaces in NZ

In this post I am talking about our local makerspaces.


A look inside a makerspace

Do you have an idea for a creative project but lack the skills or the tools to get started?

Is it time to get out of the shed and join a group of like-minded people?

Do you have the skills and expertise but no one to share your knowledge with?


Would your children enjoy learning how to programme robots, make zines or build software?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then I suggest you visit your local makerspace.

 What are makerspaces?

Makerspaces are environments that are set-up to inspire innovation, grow technological literacy and promote community interaction and knowledge sharing. Makerspaces provide a range of high and low tech equipment and materials. They will often run classes as well as unstructured ‘open’ sessions where people work on their projects without a tutor.

Check out this definition of makerspaces.


Makercrate in Christchurch

Makercrate in Christchurch







Where are our makerspaces?

In New Zealand makerspaces are set-up by local governments, community organisations and/or individuals.  They are found in public libraries, community centres, commercial premises and even a shipping container.

Read this story about Lee and Steve who set up The Wellington Makerspace, in a purpose built premises, in Vivien Street.


kids enjoying a mini maker session

Kids enjoying a mini maker session








What can you make at a makerspace?

You can make just about anything you want. People use them to create high-tech objects and virtual products and everyday items.

Tangleball, Auckland, have a workshop (and tools) where people can work on their wood or metal projects. According to Tangleball’s Facebook page people are busy making boats, converting cars into caravans and bottling fruit.

Have a look at what you can do at the makerspace TapLab in Te Atatu, Auckland.

Makerspaces liberate ideas and consumers

What I really like about makerspaces is that they cater for the following people.

  • Those who don’t want to watch a YouTube video to learn how to do something.
  • Individuals who can’t afford, or are opposed to paying for, tools and/or goods.
  • People that have a desire  for a creative community.
  • Those that have an idea and need help to make it.

Err, sorry, Tina Turner but makerspace users are doing it for themselves.

Have you ever been to a makerspace? I’d love to hear about your experience.

Makerspace directory





2 thoughts on “Makerspaces in NZ

  1. gfcakealicious

    What a fantastic idea! I often think people will need to have hobbies to fill the gaps in their lives left when full time work is no longer the norm. I read a LinkedIn post ( recently which says people over 50 will become too expensive to employ and their jobs will be taken over by younger people, that technology is killing jobs and people are expected to live longer. Anti-ageing drugs might see people living for 120 years ( That could mean people only work for a period of 30-35 years. What will they do in their spare time? Makerspaces will provide a fantastic social network and creative environment for people to be productive.

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