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Community Resources Whakatane - CReW is a not-for-profit, community reuse centre at 40 Te Tahi Street, Whakatane adjacent to our Whakatane Office.

CReW always have opportunities for volunteers to work and always love to hear from people so pop on down and have a chat with one of their staff members.

Not only do CReW  receive your unwanted goods, and old electronic goods for a small fee, they​ also offer workshops that promote re-use, recyle, and repair, such as their recent composting workshop by Louise Shaw.

CReW is open Monday to Friday 9am until 4pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am until 12.30pm.  


For more information call the team on 07 3085963 or email


Check out the CReW website and their facebook page.

How you can gain work experience at CReW

CReW is a non-profit organisation that was created to keep unwanted items out of the landfill. It has grown into a busy hub for members of our community who often visit to search for recycled, upcycled, and pre-loved items.  

CReW also support Pou Whakaaro and the People we Partner with valuable work experience as a way to put learnt skills into practice, or to gain confidence for the work force. CReW is lucky enough to have a group of dedicated volunteers that has grown into reciprocal relationship with many benefits for everyone.

Volunteers have participated in virtually every aspect of CReW operations on a day to day basis. Some have specialized in certain areas like sorting and displaying books, cleaning of dishes, tidying of the shop, assisting in dismantling of items, organizing the yard and the like. Other volunteers spread their skills across many of the areas of CReW.

Frances Fox took part in a year-long retail training course through Pou Whakaaro. Frances applied that training to work experience in CReW, in that time she learned about aspects of pricing, displaying, customer service, operating the till and cashing up.


Frances then applied for and secured a position as a part time shop attendant where she continued to expand on the foundation of skills that she learned as part of the retail course.

Conrad Vanstone came to CReW as part of the gateway program at Trident High School. Upon completion of the program he began volunteering at CReW focusing mainly on the disassembly of electrical items. He then grew into gaining part time paid work at CReW doing both work in the shop and cleaning.

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Conrad utilizing his newly learnt skills to help a customer at CReW. 

He has learned more and more skills through his time at CReW and now can be relied upon to operate the till, serve customers answering their general queries, assist in pricing donated goods, clean and organize the yard.


Conrad is now learning how to perform the cashing up process.  Conrad continues to volunteer at CReW in addition to his paid work. He also now participates in the garden group at Pou Whakaaro.

CReW supports our local Timebank and any volunteers at CReW who are Timebank members earn Timebank credits for the time they dedicate to volunteering at CReW. Anybody can become a Timebank member, click here to join today.

If you are looking for work experience to help you into the workforce, CReW has happily been a referee for multiple people as their job searches have taken them beyond CReW.

Contact David today if you would like to volunteer at CReW.