Update 20/6/2020 – Great news – our Dunedin team have organised a date for 2021!

Thursday 29 April to Saturday 1 May 2021

Venue: St Hilda’s Collegiate School Tolcarne Boarding Residence, 12 Tolcarne Avenue.



We are grateful for financial and other support from principal sponsors:


Theme: Community and well-being bring sheds together.

Inquiries: James Sunderland

Conference Program Summary

Note – the Conference Committee may need to make changes as all planning comes together. 

Day 1: Friday

The conference will start mid-day on the Friday (April 17th) at Tolcarne. The Hon Dr David Clark MP  will open the conference with Trevor Scott, MENZSHED NZ Chairman.  This will be followed by key note speakers (to be announced soon).

Jim Hopkins (Men in Sheds) will be our MC for the conference.  His role will start at afternoon tea when the conference heads to Otago Polytechnic who have come on board as a major sponsor. 

Tours of the Polytechnic’s workshops have been organised with a focus on demonstrating new technologies.  There will be options to hear about student and community projects as well as a walkthrough of the award winning Polytechnic Student Village, built using cutting edge timber laminate construction.

Following these tours there will be a drinks and nibbles event at the Polytech Hub.  This is where there will be ample space and time for Sheds to showcase their own stories through posters and project presentations (see call for presentation details below). 

Conference attendees will have the rest of the evening available to make their own plans.  Transport will be available to and from accommodation at Tolcarne.

Day 2: Saturday

Saturday will be a mix of guest speakers and Shed presentations. Here’s where we’d like Shed to express their interest in presenting (see call for presentation details below). Session times to be confirmed. 

In the evening the Conference dinner will be held at Tolcarne, preceded by a happy hour.

Day 3: Sunday

Sunday morning has been set aside for the MENZSHED NZ AGM.  This will conclude before midday.

Conference Program Detail

10:00  Onwards Registrations  at  Tolcarne
12:15 – 1:15   Lunch
1:15 Health and Safety on site
1:30 Welcome – Trevor Scott MENZSHED NZ Chairman
1:40 Welcome –    Mayor
1:50 Guest Speaker  – Hon  David Clarke
2:25 Professor Debra Waters
3.00 – 3.30 Afternoon tea
3:30 – 3:40 Buses leave for Otago Polytechnic
4:00 Various tours of interest round the Polytechnic.  During this time some special projects will be on display.
5:30 Drinks and plenty of nibbles
7:00 – 7:30 Buses return to St Hilda College.  Sheddies may go to town, or tour `1the Taieri Blokes Shed for those leaving early on Sunday.
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9.00 Security for sheds  – NZ Police
9:20 WorkSafe
9:40 Noise induced hearing loss
10:00 – 10:30 Morning Tea
10:30 Sheds catering with special people
10:50 Mens Health Issues
11:10 Finance and Charities Options
11:30 Dust filtering options
11:50 David Helmers – Australian Men’s Sheds Association
12:05  Tool Technology
12:15 Founder of Otago Men’s Sheds
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 Special projects that sheds have achieved and want to present to the conference
2:25 Technology in Projects
2:45  Men’s Sheds moving forward
3:05 Advancing to the digital age
3:25 Group Photo, weather permitting
3:30 Afternoon tea
4:00 Sponsors Hour – national and local in main dinning room
5:00 Happy hour
6:00 Freshen up
6:30 Sponsors Dinner with our Guest Speaker,  Jim Hopkins
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 Vacate Rooms
9:15 MENZSHED NZ Annual General Meeting
10:15 – 10:45 Morning tea
10:45 MENZSHED NZ reps and sheddies panel – Q&A
11:45 Close
Sunday afternoon round 1:30 If enough interest, the Taieri Blokes Shed and North Dunedin Shed will open their doors for visiting sheddies to look through.
Friday Open for partners to participate all afternoon
Saturday 1.30 on – tour to various places around Dunedin in mini buses
Sunday 9.30 on – something special with morning tea included

Airport Transfers

Free transportation will be available to and from the airport by arrangement.


Call for Presentations

Keeping with the theme of bringing sheddies together we will be calling for expressions of interest in sheds presenting during the conference.  We plan to have three options available: 

  1. Project presentations
  2. Poster presentations
  3. Seven minute oral presentations.

Specific details about the formatting of all three presentations will be made available at the same time registrations are opened.  At this stage we’d like sheds to start thinking about a story they could share.  Something unique to their shed.  Examples could include…

  • A project                                                     
  • A community relationship
  • Social events and supports
  • Health programs
  • Mistakes you’ve learnt from
  • Use of materials
  • Workshop set up.

Project and poster presentations will take place during the Drinks and Nibbles event on the Friday evening at the Otago Polytechnic Hub (see photo of area below).  There will be a set size for posters and display areas (A2 size posters, 1 meter square display table).  Poster boards and tables will be supplied.

Oral presentations will happen Saturday afternoon.  These will be restricted to 7 minutes so we can include as many presenters as possible.  We want to challenge presenters to tell their stories using images and objects rather than text heavy PowerPoints. 




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