Whakapiringa Tangata

Buddy Up! is a community-focused programme that brings together people of all ages (and maybe animal friends as well) based on their common interests or skills. Friendship groups are formed over time and provide fabulous opportunities for social interaction on many levels.

You can get involved with Buddy up! in a number of ways:

  • Start a new group
  • Join an existing group
  • Become a local coordinator

The joys of belonging to a Buddy Up! group include:

  • Rekindle an old interest
  • Learn something new
  • Work alongside others
  • Teach others
  • Encourage improvers
  • Chat, research, watch or read

A Buddy Up! group is initially lead by a coordinator for the first ten weeks. They will assist the members to get the programme up and running. During this time, the coordinator will support one (or two) of the members to become a “Champion” and assist them towards operating and developing the group after the first ten weeks. The coordinator will offer ongoing support to the Champion.


Start a new Buddy Up! group

Whether you are an avid knitter, a crafty scrapbooker or a crossword enthusiast, whatever your skill we would love to hear from you if you are keen to share your talents with others.

Join an existing Buddy Up! group

You may be interested in joining an existing group or know someone who does. The groups we currently have cater to all ages, all levels. Everyone is welcome – no registration required. Come along and give it a go or get in touch if you would like to learn more about the groups currently running.

Friday, each week at the Kitchen Prefab, Masterton Library
Buddy Up Band

10:00am – 11:30am.
Bring along your ukulele, guitar, percussion and any other instrument that you play. Or come along and sing!


11:30am – 12:30pm.

Lunchtime Natter
12:30pm – 1:30pm.
Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the cuppa. Enjoy good company, chat and make plans.


Second Tuesday of each month at the Senior Citizen Hall, Cole St, Masterton

Art Club

Art Club
9.30am – 11.30am.
A relaxed, supportive and educational space to explore different art movements, techniques and ideas. All materials are provided and there is a different topic each month.


Become a local coordinator

We’re always looking for fabulous people in our community who are available to help establish and provide ongoing support to Buddy Up! groups. Please get in touch if you think you can help.

If you would like to start a new group, join an existing one or become a local coordinator please contact us. 

Ní neart go cur le chéile | We are better together