Awhio Mai Pēke

The Bags That Go Round and Round

This Project started in 2018 as an alternative to plastic bags. The bags were named for us by Nanny Kura Walker. Plastic Bags may have been banished but our re-useable bags continue as a gift to Papakura residents.

By March 2024 we had released 6500 bags, diverting 455kg of fabric from landfill with scraps used for craft projects.

re-usable, returnable
shopping bags

If you find yourself up the street and in need of a shopping bag you can grab one of these bags from a host store in the Papakura town centre.

You can return the bags to any host store when you've finished with them.

These bags are made by volunteers at Monday Morning Sewing Bees 9.30-12.00 at The Base, using fabric that would otherwise have gone to landfill.

Just come along, we'll be pleased to see you.

Come Along to a Sewing Bee

You can join us for a sewing bee or just come to have a look on Monday Mornings 9.30-12 Enjoy good company in an environment dedicated to sustainable living, while you take part in purposeful activity that gives to your community. 

Don't Know How To Sew?

Don't worry, our friendly bunch of sewers will happily teach you or you can join a sewing class. 

 Ways You Can Help

-Take fabric home and make bags or handles in your own time.

-Learn to screen print  the logo onto bag pockets.

-Cut fabric for bags, pockets or handles.

-Help with delivery of bags. 

-Donate fabric.

-Bring us your excess bags from home.

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Fabric Donations

Fabric stores

Cushion Samples, End of  roll Upholstery & Curtain material put to use.

The Sikh Temple

Ramala fabric from Sikh Temple reused and given new life.

Individual Business's

Personal stashes of unwanted fabric are the most common source of fabric.

Papakura Business Association

Old Papakura RSA Street Banners cut down, and cut up, making Swimming Bags.