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

Anō anō! is all go

Monday 9th September at 8.30am saw 16 people on Bank Street to unveil the new signs of Anō, anō! Rethink | Repair | Reuse. This was followed by a blessing of the whare inside signaling the opening of the space next door to the Ecocentre Kaitaia and the beginning of Te Wiki o te Reo … Continue reading Anō anō! is all go

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!

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

We’ve moved!

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." We may not have changed the world in the last few weeks, but we've certainly achieved a huge amount thanks to our fantastic team of volunteers. It has been a bit of a … Continue reading We’ve moved!