ReUse Academy

Things, things, things! The ReUse Academy (RUA) is a repository for all sorts of things which can be saved from landfill. Our goal is to have as many things as possible re-used, re-purposed, re-jigged, up-cycled and re-loved!

All items in the RUA are available to take away for a small donation.

We welcome your pre-loved items too. All clean, useful and interesting things considered – though best check our list of preferred goodies on the right.

Pre-school, school and community groups wanting arty/crafty items for projects are very welcome. Please email or phone us to arrange your visit.

The RUA rooms include:

Garden Room / Wahi Ipu Mara

Nik-Nak Nook / Taonga Maha

Packaging Place / Kokonga Pepamāro

Textile Treasures / Taonga Pūeru

Jar Bar / Ipu Pounamu

Crafty Corner / Kokonga Mahi Toi

Festive reFinery / Hākari Kakahu Whakapaipai

Paper Palace / Wāhi Pepa


What We CAN Take

Please ensure your items are clean. This is not an exhaustive list, please ask a WhEB Volunteer on your way past the office.

  • calendars
  • card and cardboard for art projects, cardboard tubes/rolls, packets/boxes
  • Christmas decorations
  • coathangers
  • containers – buckets, icecream and plant pots (with lids)
  • corflute, poster board
  • egg cartons
  • fabric
  • fixings – screws, nails, washers, catches
  • foil and tinsel
  • jars (with lids)
  • magazines
  • materials and other textiles
  • paper – plain, coloured, textured
  • pinecones – small ones (for decorations only)
  • reusable carry bags
  • seeds – non-poisonous
  • sewing notions – hooks and eyes, buttons, threads, wool, ribbons, string and cord, zips and fasteners
  • soft wire
  • umbrellas
  • wheels
  • wrapping paper, greeting cards


What We Can’t Take 

  • clothing
  • cooking pots and pans, utensils
  • electrical/electronic appliances and items
  • glassware – drinking glasses, ornaments
  • furniture
  • ceramics, broken china
  • … please ask us before dropping things off