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Newsletter November 2020

Hi everyone
CLOSED on Friday 13 November 2020
OPEN Saturday 14 November 2020 11 am – 1 pm

Sip & Craft @ Creative Junk
Wednesday nights 7 – 9 pm
$10 per person, includes materials (excludes individually priced items)
BYO drinks and come and relax and discover your inner craft
To register email

Morning Crafts @ Creative Junk
Wednesday mornings 9.30 -11.30 am, starting 18 November
$10 per person, includes materials (excludes individually priced items)
To register email

NEW BRIGHTON SANTA PARADE Saturday 12 December 2020 @ 10.30 am
Come and join Creative Junk
at the New Brighton Santa Parade
please be there by 10.00 am ready to go
We are looking for Adults and children for New Brighton Santa Parades. If interested, please contact the centre to register and organise costumes.
Come to Creative Junk and get your supplies to
create a costume to wear
decorate your scooter

Saturday, 19 December 2020, from 1.00 pm
REOPEN reduced hours – Wednesday, 6 January 2021
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 am – 3 pm, Saturday closed
Normal hours from Wednesday 20 January 2021
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday 11 am – 1 pm

Creative Junk is putting a call out for these wipes lids. Instead of putting them in the rubbish, please collect them and bring them in or we can pick up. We need an on going amount. Thank you for your support.

Art Materials: great prices, extra discounts for members. Let us know If you require something we currently don’t have, ie clay, we are happy to organise.
Materials – Check our facebook page for new posts of photos as stock comes in store.
As there is currently an abundance of Fabric until 19 December 2020, FABRIC ONLY, buy one bag and get one free

Hire Equipment and Props – available for Members to hire

Volunteers/Helpers Wanted
Friends, members, supporters and waste warriors!
We always need enthusiastic volunteers for regular or one of events to help us bring our waste reuse message to the wider Christchurch community.

Workshops – Birthday Parties
Check our Facebook page and website for upcoming events. To book a workshops or birthday party, please contact Christine, for more information.

To order please email with your NAME, ADDRESS, CONTACT NUMBER, please make payment through internet to 030830 0231449 00 using your NAME as reference.
Cost per banana box: South Island – $40.00, North Island – $45.00, Rural delivery an extra $4.00.

MAKERSPACE -Community space at 25 Disraeli St, Addington
*providing sewing machines, tools, and resources for you
*to create, upcycle and/or repair goods using waste materials.
OPEN: Wednesday to Friday 11am to 4pm by arrangement
Cost: $5.00 per person per hour plus materials
Workshop and Makerspace room available to hire
Suitable for Artists, Co-ops, Community GROUPS, meetings
For more information, please email

Fill a bag price
$7.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members,
larger bag $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

Membership (this email has been sent to members and non-members)
12-monthly Membership (GST incl.)
Organisation $120.00
Group $60.00
Family/individual $20.00
Membership are important to us, thank you for your continuing support.

Car parking is available in front of our building and across the road
Across the road is the empty section in front of Number 26, so go up driveway opposite our building and on the left there are 6 parking spaces (marked with yellow paint) which can be used while visiting CREATIVE JUNK

“Our Story” thanks to UC internship students
Our Vision: A world where we recycle, reuse and rethink in a creative and imaginative way.
The Early Childhood Centre Incorporated trades as ‘Creative Junk’ has been operating in and amongst the Christchurch and wider community since 1981, with the aim to “provide an affordable, and extensive range of materials, collected from industry to promote creative and imaginative happenings in the community for children, their families and related community services.” Overall, Creative Junk believes that we have lived up to and beyond our mission statement. Our presence in the Christchurch community has prevented tonnes of creative materials from ending up in landfill. The early 2000s witnessed Creative Junk expand our focus to the environment, as the need for climate action increased. Over the years, we have faced numerous challenges, including relocating premises at least 7 times, and recovering from the Christchurch Earthquakes.
Today, we have our eggs in many different (recycled) baskets. We run a retail store at 25 Disraeli Street which offers a multitude of craft supplies and repurposed materials at affordable prices. This is open to the public four days a week Wednesday to Friday 11-5pm, Saturday 11-1pm. At Disraeli Street we run Makerspace – a hireable area within our retail store which includes the use of sewing machines and other crafting equipment. Recently we have also begun a courier service sending out boxes of creative materials, so that we can reach more communities that don’t have access to affordable craft supplies in their area. This service involves us putting together a bespoke box of creative materials, which can then be shipped around New Zealand. So flick us an email at to organize your box today!
Not only do we provide the New Zealand community with affordable and sustainable craft supplies, but we also provide many educational services as well. We run tailored workshops for children and adults in which attendees learn how to craft a wide array of practical creations from repurposed materials. These are either held on site at Creative Junk, or we can travel to locations within Canterbury. So, pop over to our Facebook page to stay updated on our events or contact us if you’re looking for something special!
But where do all our repurposed materials come from? The materials used for workshops as well as stocking our retail store are found and sourced by our resident junk experts. We work with many different local industries and businesses, helping them to direct their waste away from landfill, as well as allowing the general public to donate various types of household waste to us. To collect waste we supply businesses with drums to store their waste in, and we then collect it ourselves in our trusty van that can often be seen driving the streets of Christchurch stacked to the brim with repurposed materials harvested from the urban jungle. So, if you’ve got some goodies at home or at work, give us a call or pop in store to donate them to a worthy cause!
But wait, there’s more! We love to help out in the community and have been involved in so many wonderful events over the years such as KidsFest, Santa Parade, Repurpose and Repair expo and Children’s day.
Creative Junk has something for everyone, and we are so looking forward to many more years of being a part of the Christchurch community. So, don’t wait any longer, come visit us today to see just what all the fuss is about!
Can’t wait to see you!
The Creative Junk Team 😊

Big thanks for grants received from CERT and NZ Lottery
Many thanks to all our current Funders, we couldn’t do this without you!

Stay safe
Merry Christmas and thanks for your support