Koha service catches on in garage

SOPHIE SPEER
Last updated 05:00 09/02/2013
Koha Shed
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BIG DEMAND: It’s all about sharing, say co-ordinators Tania MacEwan and Jasmine Taankink with her daughter, Prestigious, 8.

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Household goods, clothing, books and toys are being given a second life through the Porirua Koha Shed.

In an initiative that started in Whanganui, the Koha Shed is a place to drop off unwanted items and pick up something you may need, for free.

Currently run by volunteers out of a garage in Cannons Creek, the shed has been gaining popularity.

''It's about sharing and recycling,'' co-ordinator Jasmine Taankink says.

''We don't want to see anything useable going to waste. If you give people the opportunity to give, they are usually quite generous.'' 

The Koha Shed started its life on Facebook, where users could post items they no longer needed and others could request them.

But soon after, Miss Taankink discovered demand for the service was growing, as boxes of household goods started to appear at her front gates.

So she opened up her Waihora Cres garage, displaying and storing the free goods.There's only one rule with the Koha Shed: ''Once you stop by, you have to take something,'' co-ordinator Paula MacEwan says.

Couches, beds, a piano and even bongo drums have found new homes, with one visitor managing to furnish an entire house.

Donations continue to grow and Miss Taankink says they hope to shift to a larger site in Porirua if something becomes available.

The pair hope the initiative will continue to grow, with Koha Sheds opening in other suburbs and areas.

THE DETAILS

The Koha Shed, 43 Waihora Cres. Open 9am till 3pm Tuesdays and noon till 6pm Thursdays. Information at facebook.com/TheKohaShedPorirua

Contact Sophie Speer
Culture and Capital Day reporter
Email: sophie.speer@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @sophie_speer

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