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Tai Tokerau TimeBank

Still Zooming around at Level 3

Kia ora koutou,

Aroha mai, a little late again this week - your coordination team has been busy over the last few days working on some strategic planning and preparing for making a presentation to Far North District Council for their Annual Plan (having been told at 5pm Friday it would be happening Wednesday morning! We had been planning to start the Strategic Planning midweek... many thanks to our facilitators Helen and Ava who quickly adapted to the revised timescale and were brilliant. We're really looking forward to the next stages)

Zooming in

Our weekly timetable has also had to be jiggled around - this week both the Off-Grid Homesteading workshop and the Garden Q&A will be on Wednesday. From next week onwards the Garden Q&A will revert to Tuesdays and the Off-Grid workshops will remain on Wednesdays. As the Off-Grid workshop this week is on seed saving it made sense to leave the Garden Q&A on the same day in case anyone wanted to follow up on the morning's discussion. If you already have the Zoom links from previous weeks they should still work, any problems contact the organising coordinator. Remember you can phone in to the calls from a land line or cell phone as well as connect through the internet, although this doesn't work so well for the Off-Grid workshops as you can't see what's happening!

We'll be waiting to hear on Monday 11th along with everyone else to discover what will happen with the Covid19 Levels - we'll be cutting back the frequency of the current Zoom events once we're down to Level 2, but whichever week that kicks in we'll complete that week's calendar of events before changing anything.

Last week the Alternative Economies discussion group had a guest speaker from Karuna Falls intentional community on the Coromandel. This week we also hope to have a guest speaker talking either about their cohousing experiences, or about an urban community housing project (which it will be, tbc). Let Greer know if you're interested in joining us.

As Wellington, Raglan and Mid-Canterbury Timebanks had all very generously opened up their Zoom events to other timebanks we decided we'd do the same, so you may see a few new faces from elsewhere in the country appearing. Given how much more collaboration is going on now between the various timebank coordinators it is great to be able to share that connection with our members. It is hoped that we'll be able to easily set up timebanking exchanges across the country in the future, meanwhile where members join in an event organised by another timebank they're encouraged/asked to contribute timecredits to their own timebank's Community Fund depending on the organising Timebanks' expectations. We're just asking for donations of timecredits as you feel led to our Community Fund for participating in rāhui events.

We have quite a backlog of orientations to get through so we've set up Zoom group orientations open to anyone from any area within Tai Tokerau Timebank each week. The local coordinators will take it in turns to run them. If someone gets an orientation from a coordinator other than the area they live in they will get a follow up phone call from their local coordinator to ensure that contact is established as it really does help build community relationships. If you know of someone awaiting their orientation please encourage them to join in one of the sessions as they can't fully participate in timebanking until they've had their orientation! If you're one of the people who joined Kaitāia TimeBank many moons ago and feel you could really do with a refresher (or maybe didn't even get a proper orientation!) you're also more than welcome to join in.


Mondays 2-4pm Crafternoons - tune in with your own handwork and a cuppa for a relaxed kōrero and sharing of ideas, tips and techniques etc. Contact Greer for the Zoom link.

Tuesdays 11am-12pm Morning Tea Online [Wellington Timebank] Bring your morning cuppa to a zoom chat meet-up for Timebankers! This will be a space to check in with each other, share knowledge, skills and support during lockdown. This is also an opportunity to share visions for Timebanking following COVID-19. See Facebook event for details and link

Tuesday 6th 6.30-7.30pm Online Orientation. Contact Greer for the Zoom link

Tuesday 5th May 7-8.30pm Zero Waste Q&A online with Liam Prince & Hannah Blumhardt aka The Rubbish Trip [Mid-Canterbury Timebank] They'll be zooming in from Waiheke Island to answer questions about waste, recycling and zero waste living. FREE event, online, open to anyone! See Facebook event for more details

Tuesdays 7-8pm Meditation Club [Wellington Timebank] See Facebook event for details

Wednesdays 11-12ish Off Grid Homesteading workshop: Make your own products - please note the different day! Easy to make kitchen and bathroom cleaning sprays, toothpaste, deodorant and more. Contact Charlotte for the Zoom link.

Wednesday 6th May 7.30-8.30pm Garden Q&A - (back to Tuesdays next week) Join our facilitated sessions, bring along your own questions, there will always be a few experienced gardeners on hand to help out, and you might be able to help out someone else. Suitable for all levels of experience, beginner gardeners especially welcome. Contact Anna for the Zoom link.

Fridays 10-11.30am Alternative Economies - a discussion group exploring the possibilities for reshaping life beyond lockdown. Currently focusing on alternative housing models with a view to putting a submission in to FNDC to make cohousing, intentional communities and other such models easier to put into practice. Contact Greer for the Zoom link.

Further ahead...

Tuesdays 12th & 26th May 7.30pm Hokianga Toastmasters Club is inviting anyone to join, free of charge, their online zoom meeting at 7pm - 8:30pm They are currently covering Zoom skills as well as general public speaking. For more Information about Toastmasters see For zoom meeting access details please message or email us: 

Friday 15th May 2-3pm Online Orientation. Contact Paula for the Zoom link.

Sunday 24th May 7-8pm Online Orientation. Contact Graeme for the Zoom link.

Community Fund

Remember that you can log hours done supporting people in your neighbourhood during the rāhui with the Community Fund as the service recipient, and you as the service provider. You can make a donation to the Community Fund for taking part in any of the rāhui events, or just because you feel like donating some timecredits! Jules has been earning timecredits from the Community Fund making masks for the Salvation Army Foodbank in Whāngārei. Have you been doing anything in your community to help out during the rāhui? Please do claim hours for time you put in to your community!

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