Kia ora koutou,
I hope you're all enjoying the step down to Level 2 and it doesn't all feel too weird... remember if you're not yet wanting to venture out there are plenty other timebankers out there who are happy to pick things up for you etc and enable you to maintain your distance. Apparently the usual seasonal flu figures are way down on usual thanks to all the staying home so that's an added bonus of the rāhui - long may both our flu and Covid19 stats stay the way they are!
So we have a few changes to our programme of online events over the coming weeks. Not only will many of you be itching to get out and about and getting off Zoom, but our coordinators need some time to catch up on other things too and rejig some events to a different format. My apologies over the confusion with some Zoom invites - when I have cancelled a date on the Zoom calendar I get asked if I want to send participants a message, so I have done so, explaining what was happening etc and then sent out a subsequent Zoom invite with the new date/time. However it appears that when Zoom sends the message out cancelling the first event it doesn't say anything useful like 'Cancelled' in the subject line and still includes the invitation to the event! No wonder folk have got confused.
The EcoCentre in Kaitāia will be reopening on Wednesday 20th, with a new manager - we'll be finding out on Monday who that is! There will be a need for more volunteers to help staff the EcoCentre, so keep your eyes open for upcoming requests for help there. I'll still mostly be working from home but Paula will be organising a regular time to be there for Te Hiku Timebankers (or anyone else passing through!) to catch up with her in person soon. Charlotte will also be returning to Kaipatiki Eco Hub on a regular basis. Graeme is planning to be in Kohukohu soon and Kaikohe; and Greer will be arranging drop ins around Whāngārei area as places open back up to the public again. We'll keep you posted as times and days/dates get sorted out. Our local coordinators are really looking forward to being able to meet you all kanohi ki te kanohi again!
Monday Crafternoons - the weekly drop in sessions will take a pause. What we're now working on is combining this concept with the various Clothing Rescue projects and starting up again in a few weeks with a specific focus each session to share a particular skill or upcycling concept. We're hoping to tie this in with physical sessions at Anō Anō! in Kaitāia, and Intercept in Whāngārei, with the potential for the Kaipatiki Ecohub and Ecocentre in Kaeo to get on board too. So those who can get together in one place - currently in groups of no more than 10 with plenty space - can do so, and others can Zoom in from home! Timing may well change to suit different groups/people presenting, if you're keen to be involved and would like to help shape this up and ensure it is at a time that you can make please get in touch with Anna.
Garden Q&A - this will continue for now weekly on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. We're hoping to link this up with the Kaitāia Maara Kai Community Garden coordinator Jo Picollo, and other community gardening schemes around the area. Some weeks will be open floor questions, others sessions will involve a presentation on a particular topic with a chance for questions on that. If you are keen to be a presenter, or are part of a group/organisation that would like to link in with this please let Anna know.
Off-Grid Homesteading - this will have a break for a week. There will be a 'special' event on Sunday 24th May 1pm on biodynamic gardening - more details to follow. The workshop series will resume on a fortnightly basis, starting with the promised repeat of sourdough breadmaking. We're aware that many people will no longer be able to make an 11am session on a Wednesday so will be doing some community polling on Facebook to find a time of day that will suit most people. If you're not a Facebook user please feedback to Greer by email as she's taking this on now.
Alternative Economies discussion group - this will continue weekly at 10am Fridays. We have a number of speakers lined up to share their experiences of living differently such as in intentional communities, co-housing etc and plenty more topics of interest to work through! Contact Greer if you want to join in.
Also - for those who need a refresher, somehow missed out on one, or want to get a friend or whānau signed up our next Online Orientation is on Sunday 24th May 7-8pm. Contact Graeme for the Zoom link.
Working Bees - these can now resume at Level 2! However to ensure we comply with the restrictions you will need to register with the organising local coordinator that you're coming in advance, and also if you can't make it on the day please let them know so that if there's a waiting list of people available they can give someone else the opportunity to come along. So if you have a task that you could use some help with get in touch with your local coordinator to make arrangements.
Workshops - this is work in progress! The Off-Grid Homesteading workshops will be resuming on-line, and we'll hopefully soon have the Clothing Rescue ones. We're willing to consider suggestions for other in person workshops and will assess each one as to whether we can manage those safely yet or not. Any offers of online workshops would be most welcome - they're much easier to organise at this stage!
We still have access to the events organised by other Timebanks - we're in the process of setting up membership across timebanks so that timecredits can easily be paid from within one to the other - watch this space for more details!
Morning Tea Online - Tuesday 19th May 11am-12pm [Wellington Timebank] Check their Facebook event for details https://www.facebook.com/events/2580719872165807/
Menstrual Mates Online Tuesday 19th May 5.30-7pm [Wellington Timebank] Learn how to make washable menstrual pads for yourself and other https://www.facebook.com/events/2575373016059631/
Meditation Club 7-8pm Tuesday 19th May [Wellington Timebank] https://www.facebook.com/events/234479751098196/
The weekly news bulletins will continue for now as so much keeps changing so quickly! For those that do Facebook we do post updates there as well https://www.facebook.com/taitokerautimebank/
Stay safe out there, and enjoy Level 2
ngā mihi nui
on behalf of your Tai Tokerau Timebanking team
Te Hiku: Paula Walker email@example.com
Bay of Islands-Whangaroa: Charlotte Boss firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaikohe-Hokianga: Graeme Kettle email@example.com
Whāngārei: Greer Rasmussen firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Coordinator: Anna Dunford email@example.com