Pay it Forward

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Pay it Forward

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Pay it Forward is a cooperative design store set up by The Neighbourhood Trust and a group of local designers as a creative enterprise. We stock a range of beautiful, locally handcrafted goods perfect as a gift to yourself or someone else.

The idea for the name came from the sense of a place where people would share what they had to offer with others, a place of warmth and welcome. A place where artisans, crafters and designers learn from each other, with knowledge and expertise shared. A place where others can learn new skills and pass them on to others. A place to give to (children’s books, produce) - to experience the ‘buzz’ of giving without expecting something back. 

As well as the retail side of things, there was a need to rebuild the sense of community in this suburb, which had been torn apart by the earthquakes and school closures.  We wish Pay It Forward to become a meeting place for people, where they could browse at leisure, use the shop as a base for walking groups, learn new crafts, have discussion groups on special interest areas and be a place to swap resources and skills.  There is also a children’s books swap box out front and it is delightful to see children stop and take a book and the surprise from their parents that they are free. We’d love some more donations into the box as they disappear quite quickly.

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Contact

Phone: 03 385 0816
Email: ginny@nht.org.nz
Website: http://www.payitforwardstore.co.nz/