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

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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

Introducing Ian: Kaitāia TimeBank’s new workshop & working bees coordinator

I te taha o toku Matua Ko Whakarongorua te Maunga Ko Hokianga te Moana Ko Mataetaua te Marae Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi I te taha o toku Whaea Ko Maunga Piko te Maunga Ko Parengarenga te Moana Ko Te Reo Mihi te Marae Ko Ngati Kuri te Iwi Ko Ian Kaihe-Wetting toku ingoa I am … Continue reading Introducing Ian: Kaitāia TimeBank’s new workshop & working bees coordinator

Open more hours!

We're trialling Saturday opening 10am-12pm! After conversations with those coming through our doors for our open day on Saturday, plus discussion with those who have been regularly meeting up for a cuppa on a Saturday morning at the Gecko in recent years we decided to give it a go and meet up here instead. Our … Continue reading Open more hours!