Cycles of success

Several cyclists with a variety of bikes attended a Timebank workshop on basic bike maintenance on Saturday the 31st August at the Eco Centre. Peter de Wolfe shared his experience and we covered (without getting on our bikes!) a lot of ground; demonstrations and discussion included useful tools, adjusting bike seat and handlebars for the … Continue reading Cycles of success

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Celebrating ten years of timebanking

On the morning of Saturday 14th September at Anō Anō! (next door to the EcoCentre) about 30 people gathered to celebrate and look back on a decade of timebanking in Kaitāia. In 2009 Kaitāia TimeBank was set up by Rebecca Ranum and members of Transition Towns Kaitāia after she and John Kenderdine got inspired by … Continue reading Celebrating ten years of timebanking

The Rubbish Trip return

Back in November 2017 we were lucky to have Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Price, aka Two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip visit Kaitāia and give their inspiring flagship talk about Reducing our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach. It felt like a flying visit and we wished we had more time with them. This … Continue reading The Rubbish Trip return

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!

Bamboo workshop

The EcoCentre recently organised two Bamboo workshops, Judy Klaus attended one of them and reported back for us. (Photos by Judy & Paula Walker). Future workshops are being planned, let us know if you're keen to come! We gathered at John Kenderdine’s property at Lake Ngatu. A look around his property showed a large stand … Continue reading Bamboo workshop

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

Reducing our Greenhouse Gas Emissions

New Zealand aims to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 2005 levels in the next decade. Our current energy efficiency target and carbon price policies are not sufficient to achieve this goal. The government, at both national and local level, needs to reassess its policies and adopt sectoral energy action plans; the transport, … Continue reading Reducing our Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Hot compost takes off

On Friday 30th November, Richard Wallis from NZ Box, came to talk about composting and introduce his compost box design. Richard led an inspiring, dynamic group discussion on soil health and regenerative practices, followed by a demonstration constructing and filling the NZ Box composting unit on Saturday afternoon with a variety of interested community members. The Box was sited on Pukepoto … Continue reading Hot compost takes off

The cost of clothing

Pop along to the EcoCentre today between 11am and 6pm and for a gold coin you can take part in our Clothes Swap and take away a new wardrobe of clothing! We've got free refreshments too in case anyone needs a nibble whilst they decide.   So why have a clothes swap at the EcoCentre? … Continue reading The cost of clothing