There are two types of DIYers in New Zealand: The people who have a project that they would get on with only if the tool required didn’t cost hundreds of dollars.
And the people who bought said tool, used it once or twice, and tell their partner “there’s no sense in throwing it out”, although there’s no space left in the garage and all the thing does is gather dust.
Both of these people would benefit from a membership to a tool library or ‘makerspace’.
The basic idea is that instead of one person investing a lot of cash upfront in a specialised tool that they might only need for one job, a community buys and shares them all. They also share the cost of the storage and work space, which is great for apartment-dwellers.
* ‘Free Range Māori’…