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Tai Tokerau TimeBank

Timebanking in the time of Covid19 continues

Kia ora koutou,

And another timebanking rāhui weekly round-up! I hope you're all coping alright, remember it's okay to ask for help - helping you might be what saves someone else from climbing the walls. Helping others is good for mind, body and soul - but it does need people to be receivers to work! Remember to check out the offers and requests. You can ask your local coordinator if you're not sure about posting a request or need a quick response.

We'll be finding out as a nation later today what to expect in terms of shifting from Level 4 to Level 3. In terms of timebanking there will be some differences at Level 3, but not many. The coordination team will continue to work from home, all events and workshops will remain online, our weekly rāhui schedule (see below) will continue with occasional additional extras. Working bees will continue to be on hold, however there will be more scope for practical assistance whilst maintaining the appropriate physical distancing etc. We'll provide an update with more examples later in the week.

We've added a couple of lunchtime singalongs to the regular schedule - you don't even have to unmute your microphone if you'd prefer not to! If you have requests for the kinds of songs you'd like to sing please let Paula know - we are limited to what Ron has the music for, but he does have a large collection. We had some technical issues last week, but we should be all good now!

The mask making workshop with Jules Smith was excellent - she's a great teacher. She's planning to make a video recording of the mask making - keep an eye open on her Facebook page for that and other upcycling sewing ideas. Jules is making masks for the Salvation Army Foodbank in Whāngārei. Through the Salvation Army network they're able to collect masks from mailboxes etc from the lower Bay of Islands and Whāngārei area - contact Jules if you're keen to help. Those throughout the rest of the rohe are welcome to make masks which will be distributed as needed via timebanker Ian Kaihe-Wetting who is coordinating the Community Based Assessment Centres for Covid19. If you are part of a community group providing support to vulnerable people who could use some extra masks please let Ian know. We have two patterns for masks available - if you need a downloadable pattern & instructions please contact Anna. Of course you can earn timecredits sewing face masks. If you are able to sew them but need sewing supplies to do so - let Anna know, we'll work out a way to get them to you.

We're on the hunt for some 'timebanker tales' from the rāhui - this can be anything from a couple of sentences to a full page about how timebanking has helped you get through this strange time. These will get used for providing direct quotes and information for funding applications and reports and general publicity as well as our own newsletters, Facebook etc - we're happy to keep contributions anonymous if you'd rather - just say when you send it in.

Zoom events coming up this week:

Remember you don't need to be able to get online to Zoom, you can phone in using a landline or cellphone, however this doesn't work so well for the sessions where you need to see what's happening as well as hear it. The Zoom links should work for subsequent weeks of the same event once you have them for a particular session.

Mondays - 2-4pm Crafternoons; grab yourself a cuppa and some handwork and join in the kōrero. Very informal. Hopefully Jules will be joining us in case anyone has any mask making questions. Contact Greer to join in.

Tuesdays 12.30-1pm Lunchtime Sing along; Join keyboard player Ron Skerman for a sing a long of songs from the 50s and 60s. If you're on the shy side you can just mute your microphone so that no-one else can hear you! The lyrics will be shared on screen so no need to rely on dusty memories. Contact Paula to join in.

Tuesdays - 7.30-8.30pm Gardening under Level 4; between water restrictions and shopping restrictions gardening is a bit more of a challenge than usual. Join a facilitated discussion/question and answer session. Each week we'll have a few experienced gardeners on hand to share how they're coping and answer questions. We can all learn from each other's successes and failures! Contact Anna to join in.

Wednesdays - 11am-12 noon(ish!) Off Grid Homesteading; a series of practical workshops - this week Greer is teaching us how to make beeswax wraps. Contact Charlotte to join in.

Thursdays 12.30-1pm Lunchtime Sing along session, as on Tuesdays

Thursday 23rd April - 7-8.30pm Toastmasters online; Hokianga Toastmasters, our newest organisational member, are holding their meetings via Zoom during the rāhui and are extending an invite to all timebankers to join them. See their Offer for more details.

Fridays - 10-11.30am Alternative Economics discussion group; the current focus is on housing and alternative models of land ownership and occupancy. Last week we came up with a submission to the FNDC Annual Plan! Contact Greer to join in.

Remember if you are providing neighbourly support, eg through Volunteering Northland or timebank etc you can log your hours for timecredits using the Community Fund Request request provided 

If you'd like to donate timecredits to the Community Fund for taking part in any of the rāhui events please do so using this offer.

Opportunities to get involved nationally

National Timebanking rāhui video - have you a rāhui story to tell? Check out last week's news for more details.

Complementary currencies discussion - is this a topic close to your heart? Do you have experience setting up or using them beyond timebanking? With a projected downturn in global economics many people around the world are starting to look again at alternative models. A group of Kiwi timebank coordinators are keen to further this discussion which is starting on the Discord digital platform (which is a bit like Slack if that helps anyone any!). Discord enables themed discussion threads to stay untangled unlike email conversations! Dean Harliwich from Bridge2Rocks timebank in Christchurch is keen to get input from other timebankers on this link although he does add that you'll need several cuppas to get through it! If you're interested in being part of a growing national discussion on this contact Anna.

Hopefully there's something on offer each week that is of interest to you and that you can join in. If you've any suggestions or offers for regular or one off additions to the rāhui programme do let your local coordinator know. Also remember you can book a slot on the TTT Zoom pro account for your own events, family get-togethers etc for timecredits ie an hour Zoom call costs 1 timecedit. A group of friends who usually meet at a cafe on Saturday mornings in Kaitāia are currently doing so via the TTT Zoom account instead - the company is as good as usual, but apparently the coffee isn't quite up to scratch! Contact Anna if you'd like to to find a time that works for you and TTT.

Kia kaha, ngā mihi nui


on behalf of your Tai Tokerau Timebanking team

Te Hiku: Paula Walker

Bay of Islands-Whangaroa: Charlotte Boss

Kaikohe-Hokianga: Graeme Kettle

Whāngārei: Greer Rasmussen

Regional Coordinator: Anna Dunford