Tools, Community and Sharing

The Newtown Tool Library is a volunteer run community tool sharing space currently run out of Newtown Community Centre. It offers tool, advise and workshops - a place of sharing skills and know-how amongst the community, empowering individuals and reducing overall waste by sharing and reusing.

The Newtown Tool Library was established in 2016 and continues to thrive in Newtown thanks to all of its members, volunteers, the Newtown Community Centre and donators of finances and tools.

Vision Statement
 

Tools are available for anyone in our community that needs them.  

 

Encouraging self-reliance, creativity and resilience.

  • Empowering individuals through workshops on techniques and DIY projects.

  • Promoting a do it yourself attitude.

 

Reducing our environmental footprint.

  • Sharing tools will reduce the consumption of new tools.

  • Educating community members on proper use and maintenance of tools for longer durability.  

  • Encouraging item repair instead of discarding.  

 

Improving housing conditions.  

  • Easy access to tools and learning materials for home improvements.

 

Foster a sense of community and mutual support.

 

Our Team

Ed - Co-coordinator and Tool Librarian

Tool enthusiast and eclectic hobbyist, Ed lives in a laboratory, inventing obscure sonic instruments and exploring abstract forms. Ed is always happy to help when you have a problem, so come find him at the tool library and tell him about your project!

Rosemary - Co-coordinator and Tool Librarian

Rosemary Patterson is a passionate gardener, outdoors enthusiast and Librarian. She got involved to show support for such a rad Library and loves to hear about all the interesting projects our members are getting up to.

Freya - Tool Librarian

Freya is a maker of things: house vans, cakes, crochet, gardens, the list goes on. She is usually obsessively making something. She jumped at the opportunity of helping with the tool library's existence and loves turning up on a Saturday to hear all about what people have made with the tools they borrowed. 

Hedy - Tool Librarian

I‘m a Newtown creative who likes volunteering and I needed to learn about tools to become more self-sufficient. Access not ownership is our mighty mantra and the NTL toolUniverse is mighty helpful so I spread the word as much as possible. It's a great team, and a resource with benefits on a great scale: the regular Repair Cafes being another fabulous project. I am investing in not only my upskilling, but yours, and our children’s. I love having littlies come in and help get the tools, see them used in their homes and returning them. They are learning not to shop!

Eryn - Newtown Community Centre Coordinator

Eryn is the slightly scruffy punk of the Newtown Community Centre – a people person and passionate advocate. She’s got “mad Aroha” for inclusion, art, community, music, conversation and laughter. As an artist she loves to make stuff, as NCCC coordinator she loves to make stuff happen!

Renee - Ex Newtown Community Centre Coordinator

Renee is a coffee fiend and one day aspires to join the circus (not very realistically). She is passionate about community development (some would say that she's all things Newtown) and loved being a part of the team at the Community Centre. 

Renee has been a massive support to the Newtown Tool Library and we have a huge appreciation for her.

Ben - Co-coordinator

Ben Phillips was born in Newtown to a gardener and a librarian so has DIY and cataloging in the blood. He still lives close by with his family and is trying to finish all those little projects while excitedly starting new ones. He has a background in environmental management and zero waste and works as a builder/landscaper around Wellington.

Nati - Founder and Ex Co-coordinator

Argentinian living in NZ. Her background is in community development through local action, permaculture, and creative activism. She is a group facilitator that helps cultivate collaborative culture through values-driven behaviours.

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NTL is a Project of the Newtown Community Centre

Contact us: newtown.tool.library@gmail.com