Create from junk

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Our story


The Early Childhood Resource Centre Incorporated trading as Creative Junk is a not-for-profit, registered charity that specialises in safe recyclable items from a wide variety of sources, especially industry, where we find some of the most interesting materials. Many of the things we stock would otherwise end up in landfill. We also stock new art supplies at greatly reduced prices and are more than happy to try and source what you need.

We show and encourage all areas of the community, from early childhood centres right through schools and on to private homes and artists. We are passionate about creativity and recycling and this has proven to be a very good partnership.

In the early 1980s a group of similar-minded people got together to plug a gap in the market — there was a lack of inexpensive creative resources for use in the early childhood environment. From that meeting over 30 years ago, Creative Junk was born. Although one of our main focuses is still early childhood, we have grown considerably and now cater for the whole community with what we believe is the only centre of its kind in New Zealand.

We are run by a voluntary Management Committee. We employ two staff members, a coordinator and an administrator who are helped by an amazing group of volunteers. All of us are committed to improving Creative Junk and seeing it grow further to provide more and more interesting activities and services.


Our aim is to provide an extensive and affordable range of materials. We collect these from industries, retail outlets and households. We promote environmentally sustainable practices while promoting creative and imaginative happenings in the community, for children, families and related community services.

We acknowledge and are very grateful to the following grant providers.

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