Timebanking gets bigger and better!

Kaitāia TimeBank (KTB) is morphing into Tai Tokerau Timebank (TTT). 'Kaitāia' was becoming an increasingly inaccurate description, with members already between Houhora and Whāngārei! Curently sitting at almost 170 members, the vast majority are within the Far North District Council area, and over a 100 are in and around Kaitāia itself. We're planning several 'relaunch' … Continue reading Timebanking gets bigger and better!

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Busy sewing bees for Kai-Tāia Kete

Last Thursday was the first of a string of sewing bees at Far North REAP lined up for the year to make Kait-Tāia Kete for Plastic Free July 2020 and the EcoCentre. With the single use plastic bag ban kicking in at the beginning of July coinciding with Plastic Free July we're trying to build … Continue reading Busy sewing bees for Kai-Tāia Kete

Working together gets more done!

On Sunday there was a Timebank working bee on the Gregory whānau land at Pukepoto to move a collection of harakeke from one location to another. In the two hours we'd agreed to work for six of us managed to not only cut back and relocate all the plants Waikarere wanted moved for her own … Continue reading Working together gets more done!

Neighbourhood networking in a global village

The strength of timebanking is the way it brings communities together and strengthens neighbourhoods. But it also links us with other timebanks, not just in Aotearoa NZ, but around the world. That international connection was shown in the recent email all the Timebank Coordinators received this week: Dear Timebank Coordinators, and especially to the Coordinators … Continue reading Neighbourhood networking in a global village

Waikawa weaving workshop

Kaitāia TimeBankers gathered for a day's workshop learning how to make waikawa, traditional kai storage baskets. What a great day it was! From growing plant to finished basket in just a few hours. Everyone got to go home with a completed one. You can use them as a shopping basket, toilet roll holder or laundry … Continue reading Waikawa weaving workshop

Creating Community spaces

'Christmas in the Car Park' event is taking place on Saturday December 15th with food stalls and a concert. This is in conjunction with with the Santa Parade and 3x3 basketball tournament. So now seemed a good time to look back at progress that has been made in turning the old Pak'nSave car park into … Continue reading Creating Community spaces

Bags, the lot!

What a star, EcoCentre volunteer and Kaitāia TimeBank member Paula Walker has made 42 wet bags out of repurposed chook food sacks and old ties for KTB community group member Anne West Kindergarten to use as wet bags in keeping with their Enviroschools and Ecostar kaupapa! So they now should have enough for one for each … Continue reading Bags, the lot!

Paataka Kai – Community food stands

Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi With my food basket and your food basket, the people shall live Originally set up through Kaitāia TimeBank as a way for the community to share their spare produce from their gardens, giving value to fruit and vegetables that might otherwise go to waste, the community fruit … Continue reading Paataka Kai – Community food stands

Reflecting back and looking forward

September has been a very reflective month for us at the EcoCentre. With reports to write for funders of our Plastic Free July/Kaitāia 2020 campaign, and the Community Clean Up on top of  the AGM for Te Pokapū Tiaki Taiao O Te Tai Tokerau (Far North Environment Centre), the trust that runs the EcoCentre. Not … Continue reading Reflecting back and looking forward

Winter wellness

Cheryl Toka is a qualified Naturopath and donated her time to the EcoCentre to share her knowledge about herbal remedies for winter immunity. Cheryl  emphasised the importance of exercise, consuming fresh, local, organic produce, reducing your intake of processed foods and, “everything in moderation.” She believes this gives every person the basis for a healthy … Continue reading Winter wellness