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TimeBank Hurunui

Learning Exchange Programme



TERM 1, 2018


Also do tell us if you'd like us to run any event at an alternative time/location


Healthy School Lunches: Nicky Brooker

Time: 10am – 1pm, Wed. 24 January. Location: Hawarden. Contribution: 3 time-bank credits or $17 suggested fee, plus ingredients costs tbc (no more than $10)

Get ideas for tasty, healthy and easy-to-make lunches and snacks. Nicky will bring inspiration and information, and we’ll prepare an appetising, nutritionally-balanced lunch, then sample! Nicky is a Mum and great cook who loves to share her knowledge of food and how to make it appealing to youngsters, and motivate them to make their own school lunches! HYP members can use HYP’s TimeBank Hurunui credits to cover your fee (though not ingredients cost).


Aerial Silks for Kids: Deschia Sutherland

Times: 9.30am (group 1), 10.30am (group 2). Friday 26 Jan. Venue: Scargill. Contribution: 1 time-bank credit or $5 suggested fee. Clothing without zips and buttons, etc (these can tear the silks).

Kids love to swing and go upside down; they are naturally strong. Combine these things at a fun morning getting to try out aerial silks. Kick start that love of Circo arts! Deschia is a talented aerialist and is teaching her two small children, who are developing grace, strength and skill.


Sauerkraut and Fermented Foods: Brona Youngman

Time: 11am – 12.30pm, Sunday 28 January. Location: Culverden Market, (open 10am – 2pm).

Join Brona at the new Culverden community market to see her demonstrate making sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) and hear about the health benefits of fermented foods. Explore and enjoy the market and its local food and craft/art stalls, and entertainment.

TIMEBANK HURUNUI will also be at this event. Find out about our inspiring local skills and service exchange network, which is free to join and heaps of fun to be part of!


Wine Appreciation: Jean-Yves Domont and Sophie Valancant

Time: 7 – 9.30pm, Friday 9 February. Location: Waipara. Contribution: 2.5 time-bank credits or $20, plus $25 - $30 (tbc) pp to cover cost of wine. Places limited, book early!

Discover distinctive, additive-free wines from NZ, Australia and Europe. Jean-Yves and Sophie are Waipara wine makers passionate about wine that is as close to ‘natural’ as possible, from the vine to the bottle. Experienced in France’s traditional, additive-free wine-making methods, they’ll talk about the finesse required to make great wine this way. They’ll introduce us to a range of wines to sample. BYO finger food to share, to make this a truly convivial soiree!


Make Your Own Mega Bubble Wands: Belinda Meares

Time: 10.30 – 12, Sunday 11 February Location: Waiau. Contribution: 2 time-bank credits or $10 per family, plus $5 pp for materials, tbc.

For fabulous outdoor fun at parties or whenever, making magical bubbles together brings everyone out to play - kids and adults alike. Belinda will show you how easy it is to make your own pair of wands, then we’ll create wondrous rainbow-hued bubbles and send them forth!


Tech Labs – Manage Your Email Account(s) Hurunui Youth Programme tutors

6.30 – 8pm, Mon 19 Feb. Amberley library, Mon 26 Feb Hanmer Springs library, & Mon 12 March. Culverden library. Contribution: 1.5 time-bank credits or donation appreciated.

Frustrated by unruly email? Want to streamline and organise your inbox? This tutorial will cover: sorting and filing messages in folders; useful features and settings; setting up a new account and importing/exporting mail from one account to another; managing multiple accounts with a desktop program (eg Outlook or Thunderbird) rather than your webmail; group email broadcasts, junk mail, etc. All your questions (or most!) answered.


Eco-friendly Alternatives for Garden Lawns: Penny Cairns

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Tues 20 February. Venue: Amberley library Contribution: 1.5 time-bank credits or donation appreciated.

Step back from convention, and consider that turf lawns can be replaced by more eco-friendly options, such as herb and moss carpets, flower or vegie beds interspersed with paving, Japanese-style gardens using sand and small stones. if you do want grass, how about mowing it less short to avoid evaporation? Come hear Penny’s advice, and share your own experiences.


Bike Maintenance & Cyclist Self-care: Hurunui Trails Trust

Time: 9.30am – 11am, Sat. 24 Feb,.followed by a ride along the HTT’s vineyard trail. Location: Glenmark: Contribution: 1.5 Time-bank credits or $12 suggested fee.

This talk and demo by cycle technician Scott Millar will cover pre-ride checks, basic bike maintenance and repair, and what should be in a cyclist’s tool kit. If you’re not into DIY, what should your service shop cover? Bruce Baxter will provide advice on biking safely, and avoiding or managing strain and injury. He’ll also talk about the trust’s exciting plans to further develop biking/walking tracks in the area. Then for those who’d like to, we’ll hop on our bikes!


Let’s Play Ukelele! Join Wim Bevers and friends for a joyful musical afternoon

Time: 2 – 3.30pm, Sunday 25 February. Venue: Cheviot. Contribution: 1.5 time-bank credits $12 suggested fee. HYP members can use HYP credits. BYO uke or there will be ukes to borrow.

For beginners or if you want a refresher, Wim will teach simple chords to accompany songs and help you get a feel for the instrument. Wim is a singer and plays uke for the Balcairn Pops band. Following his class last term, a uke group in Amberley has formed. If you’d like to be part of an ongoing Cheviot group, come along, get inspired and get together!



Beachside Foraging: Natalie Absalom

Time: 1pm3.30pm, Sunday 4th March, Venue: Motunau. Contribution: 2.5 time-bank credits or $20 suggested fee.

Natalie and her family are keen foragers, and live well from nature's free bounty. Motunau Beach is one of their favourite locations, where they gather mussels, winkles, pipis and edible seaweeds and plants. We'll walk along the shore and delve among the rocks to gather our harvest. Natalie will also tell us how to verify species, provide tips about local foraging sites, and tell us more about the foraging movement and the philosophy that inspires it.


125 Years Ago NZ Women Won the Vote: What Happened Next? Margaret Lovell-Smith, (guest presenter)

Time: Thurs 8 March, 7 – 8.30pm. Venue: Amberley library. Contribution: 1.5 Time-bank credits or donation appreciated.

The women who led the campaign for voting rights in 1893 saw this as just the first step in the journey towards full equality for women. Winning the vote gave them confidence to work to achieve other reforms. But what happened to these early idealists and how successful were they? Why did the ‘first wave’ of feminism fade and it take so long for a woman to enter parliament? Are certain aspirations of our 19th century suffragists unfulfilled even today?

Limestone carving: Nev Sinclair

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm, Sat 10 March. Location: Scargill. Contribution: 3 time-bank credits or $25 suggested fee, plus materials cost tbc. Numbers limited, book early.

Join artist and sculptor Nev Sinclair to discover the delights of creating 3-D art from our local limestone. Nev will show us how to carve a simple figure, or other concept of your choice. He’ll discuss transferring a 2-D design into the round, then show us how to cut the stone, and shape it in incremental steps. BYO tools – a small wood chisel, hammer or mallet, and file. Bring paper for sketching out initial design ideas.





Life with Dementia in the Hurunui: Vicki Lucas (guest presenter)

Time: 10am - 11.30am, Tues 13 March Location: Amberley library. Contribution: 1.5 Time-bank credits or donation appreciated.

Learn about diagnosis, coping strategies, and positive activities that can slow down symptoms. Find out what services are available including the wonderful Homeshare initiative running in Hawarden, which may extend to other parts of the district, if volunteers and funding are available. Vicki is the community services manager for Enliven, (Presbyterian Support).


Book Clubs – how to join or start one: Catherine Clarke

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Wed. 14 March. Venue: Cheviot library. Contribution: 1.5 time-bank credits or donation appreciated.

If you enjoy reading, sharing ideas and getting together with friends, then a Book Club may be for you! There are different kinds of reading groups, and various ways they operate. One is the Book Discussion Scheme (BDS), which provides book sets to subscribing groups. Other groups use their own books, or the e-reader approach. If you’d like to join or start a group in Cheviot, come to this informative and social evening. Regular Book Clubbers also welcome!


Use it or Lose It - Exercise for Elders: Stephanie McMillan

Time: 1.30 – 2.30pm, Thurs 22 March Location: Amberley. Contribution: 1.5 Time-bank credits or $12 suggested fee.

Stephanie is an exercise coach and Pilates tutor who loves helping elderly people stay mobile and healthy with gentle workouts, that they can do either standing or sitting. This will be an introductory session, and you will get some individual attention. We can arrange for pick ups if you don’t drive.


Sausage-making talk and demonstration: Peter Verkerk (guest tutor)

Time: 10am -12, Sat 7 April. Location: Ohoka. Contribution: 2 Time-bank credits or $17 suggested fee, plus ingredients cost tbc (between $7 - $10).

Peter’s Dutch heritage and experience in the sausage business will inform his talk about the history of sausages, then he’ll make a batch by hand while explaining the basics of meat/fat ratios, spices and herbs for flavours, and other ingredients and their functions. He’ll also demonstrate good binding and texture so that sausages perform well in the pan or on the BBQ, then we’ll sample! (Peter’s sausages will be preservative- and gluten-free).

Reading Aloud to Kids: Beneficial & Fun! Lennie Harrison

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Tues 10 April. Location: Culverden. Contribution: 1.5 Time-bank credits or $10 suggested fee.

Want to help your child’s learning? Give screens a break? Reading aloud to them will help them develop speech, language, curiosity, comprehension and imagination. It improves attention span and listening skills and provides precious bonding time. Indeed, reading aloud to one another is wonderful at any age! We’ll discuss all these benefits and you may also like to practice your story-reading skills. Lennie is an experienced home-school teacher.


Make sure you check our website and Facebook pages (TimeBank Hurunui and Time-bank Hurunui) for updates. Do contact the coordinator if you have a learning opportunity idea that you’d like in your area. Also, it’s great when classes lead to ongoing exchanges and groups being formed, and the TimeBank Hurunui Learning Exchange can help facilitate this.


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