Otaki Memorial Hall

Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Hosted by Group avatarOtaki Repair Café

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands


Repair Café with our usual repair stations plus a 3-D printer work station.

We will be offering some activities to make some XMas crackers and other small Xmas presents which children can create for their families and friends.


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Ōtaki, New Zealand

About the group

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Otaki Repair Café

We have been running Repair Cafés since Oct 2019. We offer them approx every three month in our small town. Normally there are about 70+ visitors to the event and our repair rate is normally around 80%. Knife sharpening, electronic repairs and sewing/mending are the most popular repairs done on the day.

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Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts


  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.


  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.