Update 26/8/2020: Message sent to sheddies and 2020 registrants 

Dear Sheddies,

It is with intense disappointment that the executive, after long discussion that included reps from the Dunedin planning team, have come to the conclusion that the 2021 conference will not go ahead as planned next April. We looked at the problems that are at present happening in Auckland and across the country with Covid. There has been research carried out relating to the costs of transport and the availability of flights etc to and from Dunedin. We found that there were few seats available making the travel very expensive and difficult. We cannot be sure of the affects Covid will have on NZ next year. We are hopeful that we will be at level 1 soon and continue to be at that level going into the new year.

As we are identified as some of the most vulnerable age group, we cannot take any chances with members’ health and well being.

We therefore are looking to hold a virtual conference in 2021. There will be some opportunities to hold virtual gatherings on topics of interest as well as holding the AGM of MENZSHED NZ. We will be looking to explore ways of creating presentations and participation so that members can come together and share experiences and look at virtual tours etc. Full details of the nature and content of the virtual conference will be sent out as it comes available.

This may mean that sheds need to prepare for the event by having access to large screen TV, data projectors and of course an internet connection suitable to stream video.

Many sheds have been able to hold Zoom meetings during the lockdown and these have proved very successful. I am sure with the experience gained from using Zoom etc that we will be able to present to you a good quality programme for the virtual conference.

I look forward to the next opportunity for a face to face conference. Stay safe and look after one another

Trevor Scott, Chairman

2018 “Sheds and Sheddies Making a Difference”

27 to 29 April at Bruce House, St Kentigern College, Pakuranga, Auckland.

Speaker Presentations

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Health & Wellbeing – Dr Phil Wood.

Tools for Schools – David Broadhead

Dementia Auckland – Rhonda Preston-Jones

Office for Seniors – Dianne Turner



2016 Conference Report