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Tai Tokerau TimeBank

Teeing up future Timebanking

Kia ora koutou,

Whilst we wait to hear how much longer we'll be working at Level 3 your coordination team has been busy looking to the future and moving on with the strategic planning etc. The presentation was given to FNDC on Wednesday, a 'press release' version of this is being worked on which you'll all get a chance to read (it'll get posted as a news item on the website), that will get sent out to the local press and radio stations etc. We'll be working on a similar proposal for Whāngārei later in the year - luckily their timetable is a little different! We've already got lots of exciting ideas bubbling up for new and continued projects for timebankers to get involved with including establishing and running community tool libraries, and continuing Zoom workshops with a garden to table focus as well as more general zero waste, sustainable living options. If these ideas speak to you please get in touch, we'll need more than just the coordinators to get such things off the ground.

Some of the coordinators across the country have started addressing together what timebanking will look like at Level 2 and 1, developing some guidelines to keep everyone safe. It looks like some outdoors Working Bees could safely resume at Level 2 which will no doubt be music to some ears! Workshops could be trickier, and are more likely to remain just online for now. Projects such as the Clothing Rescue in Kaitāia could resume with people picking up supplies to work on at home and dropping off finished items. This will be especially important as it is envisaged that once they reopen Op shops will be getting inundated with the fruits of all the clearing out that has been going on whilst folk have been stuck at home! Meanwhile we'll be continuing with our programme of events by Zoom throughout Level 3 (see Calendar below).

Recording Exchanges

One of the things that has become really clear with the whole Covid19 situation is the importance of contact tracing. In order to do our part in this we're asking timebankers to be really on the ball with recording your TTT exchanges. Make sure you select the correct date for an exchange if you're entering it on a different day from it happening. Whilst your current exchanges may not include any physical contact with people, it may well involve contact with things. Also as the Levels drop more personal contact will be involved and if we all get in the habit now of being vigilant with our exchange recording the Community Weaver site will be a record that can be used to check back contacts with people should the need arise. I don't know about you, but my ability to remember what happened on what day has long since flown out the window and I'd be really hard pressed to put dates to things!

To make recording exchanges connected with the Covid19 situation easier, and so that you can add more info to the description of the exchange there is now a 'Covid Response' category that can be selected. So for example if you were putting through an exchange with the Community Fund for doing a neighbour's shopping you can put the Community Fund as the service recipient, 'Mrs W's shopping' (or whatever!) as the description, and Covid Response as the category. That will help you know in the future when you did that, or mowing Mr Y's lawn the week before etc.

Operating through Levels 3&4 has been a challenge for many of our organisational members, but like Timebank itself Hokianga Toastmasters have also been able to switch to using Zoom which makes their meetings more accessible to others....

Are you scared of Public speaking? Would you like to be more confident?

Hokianga Toastmasters Club is inviting anyone to join, free of charge, their online zoom meeting at 7pm - 8:30pm on Thursday 14th May.  Come and have some fun practising public speaking, impromptu speaking and learning to present ourselves well online using zoom. Guests can just learn by observing others speak, or can have to opportunity to speak themselves if they wish.

For more Information about Toastmasters see Contact Debbie Raphael if you have any questions on 021 0821 1637. To join the Zoom Meeting (anytime after 6:45 pm for a prompt start at 7 pm):


Events with [square brackets] are organised by other Timebanks across the country, but you are 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 12th May 7-8pm Israel & Palestine travel talk [Mid-Canterbury Timebank] Sit back in the comfort of your home and see photos from all over this ancient land. Hear Kate White share about her travel experiences there last November. Covering food, sacred sites, ancient tunnels, desert formations, busy cities, street art, mountain forts, border walls etc. Register here:…/v5Upd-GgpzMppSlIypA6_1XE-XxMiOIVkw

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

Tuesday 7.30-8.30pm Garden Q&A 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.

Wednesday 11-12 Off-Grid Homesteading - make your own Bokashi bin culture. It's easier than you'd think! Greer will demonstrate how you can set up your own active Bokashi bin using readily available ingredients to make it work. Contact Charlotte for the Zoom link.

Thursday 14th May 5.30-7pm Menstrual Mates online [Wellington Timebank] Kōrero and sew-along making washable menstrual pads See Facebook for more details

Thursday 14th May 7-8.30pm Hokianga Toastmasters Club is inviting anyone to join, free of charge, their online zoom meeting (see above for more info)

Fridays 10-11.30am Alternative Economies discussion group - continuing the discussion around alternative models of housing, with various guest speakers on topics such as co-housing, intentional communities etc as associated issues. Contact Greer for the Zoom link

Friday 15th May 2-3pm Online Orientation. Joined years ago and somehow never got an orientation? In need of a refresher? Or do you have a friend you'd like to get to join up? Learn your way around the website and how timebanking can work for you. Contact Paula for the Zoom link.

Future events

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

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