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Clubhouse brings back broken bikes for Naenae whānau

Naenae Clubhouse held its first Bike Box Fix-Up day in October, fixing 13 bikes and giving eight away to local tamariki

The Naenae Clubhouse, part of the International Clubhouse Network, is a free after-school creative technology space where rangatahi aged 10-18 can explore ideas, develop new skills, and work on projects that interest them.

Every week young people from the Clubhouse work with volunteer Rob Stead to fix up bikes. Once made safe and sound the bikes get given away to Clubhouse members and their families, with the help of partners Greater Wellington Regional Council, Pedal Ready and ReBicycle EkeRua.

The Bike Box is situated outside the Treadwell Street Hall in an old shipping container recycled from construction of the Naenae Bowling Club. The container has been painted and branded with the help of artist Greta Menzies, and is filled with old bikes donated from the community.

The Fix-Up day tackled a box full of broken bikes and over the next few weeks Clubhouse aims to add to the 25 already given away since the start of the project.

“Bike Box perfectly encapsulates the Clubhouse model to inspire young people to work on projects they are passionate about, and encourage hands-on learning,” says Naenae Clubhouse Coordinator Lily Chalmers.

“There are no bike shops in the Eastern Ward, so it is great to offer this service for our young people and families. We are super-proud to be able to provide bikes to local kids for free.”

The Bike Box project works with other Hutt City Council projects including The Beltway Cycleway and Healthy Families, to get local families using active transport.

If you are age 10-18 and want to learn how to fix bikes, get along to Naenae Clubhouse and sign up, it’s all free!

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