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TimeBank Hurunui

Learning Exchange Programme

 

TIMEBANK HURUNUI LEARNING EXCHANGE

 

July   -  September 2019

 Events are continually being added, so check in regularly for updates

ENROL EARLY TO ENSURE YOUR PLACE. ENROLMENTS ARE REQUIRED. (Also do tell us if you'd like us to run any event at an alternative time/location)

To enrol, email tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com or call 03 314 3406

 

The Future of Community Education in North Canterbury: Share your Ideas

Belinda Meares is a coordinator with TimeBank Hurunui and started the organisation’s Learning Exchange in 2015. This programme has grown in scope and popularity, thanks to wonderful input from many people in our area. Clearly, there was a gap to be filled! Belinda will talk about the concept and development of the Learning Exchange and outline her thoughts about how to scale it up to meet broader community-education aspirations. Please come and participate in this exciting discussion. Your ideas will help shape where we go from here.

Food For Thought event in collaboration with TimeBank Hurunui. Monday 1 July, 7.30pm, Amberley Library. Gold coin donation appreciated. 

 

Building a Strawbale House: Jonathan Gardiner

See and learn first-hand what is involved in designing, planning and building a strawbale house. When former farmers Jonathan and Sarah Gardiner moved to Hanmer Springs in 2008, they embarked on their new house with an experienced builder for the first year, then continued by themselves with the earth plastering and lime wash finishing, completing the “thoroughly enjoyable” project in 2011. Jonathan also crafted some of the furniture and fittings. He’ll talk about the stages of strawbale building, the consenting process, and what you need to know about maintenance. 10 am12, Saturday 6 July, Hanmer Springs. Cost: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $15, (includes morning tea). Register: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Cake Decorating for Beginners: Gill Hobbs

Add a fun, personal touch to cakes for special occasions. Gill will demonstrate easy methods, such as transferring pictures onto a cake, (the butterflip technique), and you’ll make a small butterflip to take home. She’ll also show samples of flower crafting and template design, which she can teach at a follow-up class. Gill is a skilled and creative cake decorator, who belonged to the British Sugarcraft Guild for many years. She loves transforming a basic cake into a celebratory visual treat. Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm, Amberley Sunday 7 July. Cost: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $15, plus $2 for ingredients. Registrations: 03 3143406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Biodiversity in the Hurunui: Then, Now and What Can Be in Future?

Join two noted biodiversity experts to discuss our native flora and fauna, some of which is unique and endangered.

Nicola Toki, the Department of Conservation’s Threatened Species Ambassador, will talk about the amazing diversity of Hurunui’s native wildlife and how to protect it.

Alice Shanks: QEII ConservationTrust rep for Banks Peninsula, Selwyn Plains, & Ashburton,

Alice will talk about limestone-country plants and their conservation status, focusing on the Hurunui district.

This event is organised by Hurunui Biodiversity Group. HBG is a group of local landowners and others who share an interest in fostering understanding of how to better conserve and manage areas of natural and indigenous biodiversity within our district.

Wednesday 10 July, 7 – 8.30pm, Greta Valley Tavern. RSVP to hurunuibiodiversity@gmail.com

 

Breast Surgery Exercises: Joanna Hingston

This class is for women who have undergone breast surgery, including mastectomies. Problems that can occur are restricted movement, numbness, and swelling (lymphodema) if lymph glands have been removed. To prevent or alleviate such problems, Joanna will show you a specific set of exercises based on the Australian YWCA Encore programme, which she learned in Sydney. They are designed to improve mobility, upper-body strength and tone, and are fun to do. As well as learning some great self-care tips, this will be a chance to ask questions and share experiences.

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Thursday 25 July, Amberley library. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated. Register: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Curing Meat 101: Sophie Jackson

Learn the age-old tradition of curing at this fun workshop, hosted by Sophie Jackson. Sophie is a food scientist and a passionate “foodie” and forager. She loves inspiring people to be confident with home-made food production, to source local ingredients and to ensure the outcome is safe to eat! In this hands-on workshop, she will show you how to get creative and technical with simple ingredients. We’ll make delicious yet easy Hungarian-style sausages, cure some wild venison and a pork cheek, while discussing flavourings, smoking and smokers, casing varieties, use of nitrates and trends in the food world. Samples of sausages and cured venison will be on offer, as well as some of Sophie’s other Salumi creations.

 

Cheviot, Sunday 28 July, 1 – 3pm. 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $20. Ingredients cost tbc. Places limited, so book early! Registrations: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

 

DIY Beeswax Wraps: Serina Linton

July is Plastic Free month! Do away with cling film and try a natural, healthy substitute that you can make yourself. “Rethink Waste” educator Serina Linton will show how reusable wraps made from beeswax-soaked fabric are easy and fun to make. Serina is passionate about teaching children and families practical ways to care for the environment with reuse and recycling. She’ll share her handy tips at this workshop, and we’ll make wraps to take home. BYO cotton fabric, (pre-washed).

Time: 4.30 – 6pm, Tues. 30 July. Amuri library

Donation appreciated to cover organising costs.

Register: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Pelvic Health for Women: Sarah Sidey

 

Sarah is a physiotherapist passionate about women’s health. She wants women to be more informed about ways to protect and maintain their pelvic floor muscles to prevent or alleviate incontinence, particularly after childbirth or following menopause. Such issues affect up to 50% of women at some stage of life, and can lead to prolapses and other serious health problems. At this talk Sarah will offer practical tips about what to do, what to avoid, and where to go for expert help if you need it. She’ll show us some simple exercises and how to do them correctly.

Time: 10.30 – 12 pm, Thursday 1 August, Waikari Hall. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $10 suggested. Morning tea included. Register: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking: Marina Locke

 

Learn to create simple, tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes, and design meals that are nutritionally balanced. Marina learned vegetarian, macrobiotic, and vegan cooking at a specialty restaurant in Toronto and loves to grow her own food as much as possible. At this class, she will demonstrate making socca flatbread (made with chickpea flour), vegan pizza, chocolate bliss balls and/or seed cookies. We’ll share our meal at the end of the class.

10.30am - 1pm, Saturday 3 August, Amberley. Cost: 2.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $17, plus ingredients cost tbc. Registrations essential: email tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com or 03 314 3406.

 

A Stitch in Time: DIY Mending: Jenny Barkley

 

There was a time when mending clothing was part of our thrifty, waste-not-want-not culture. Did you know mending is making a comeback? It’s rewarding and fun to do, and can be a creative fashion statement!

Experienced sewer Jenny Barkley will demonstrate tools in her her mender’s basket, and explain how to repair rips, darn or patch holes, replace zips, rescue dropped or frayed hems, and even sew on a button. BYO items to repair, also sewing kit and a machine if you can. We welcome people who already mend to come share your tips and enjoy a social time getting some mending done.

Time: Thurs 8 August, 10am -12, Amberley Bowling Club. Cost: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $12. Morning tea provided. Registrations: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Techlab - IT Challenges for Small Businesses and  Organisations, including Database and Network Design: Hans van der Horst

Keeping up with IT is challenging for small businesses and organisations, but it’s essential for success.

Hans van der Horst is an IT engineer who specialises in database design and management, back-up and security issues and network-server set up. In this class he’ll focus on designing systems that’ll help streamline your business processes: e.g., linking websites to databases and generating reports. Hans will also respond to general queries or issues you may have relating to other IT aspects of your business/organisation.

 Time: Tues 13 August. 7 – 8.30pm, Amberley Library. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated. Registration: 03 314 3406 or email tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Edible Wild Greens: Melany Wright

 

Expand your appreciation of Hurunui’s free, natural bounty! Join experienced forager Melany Wright for an educational ramble to harvest a bounty of edible “weeds”, e.g., miners’ lettuce, sorrel, wild parsley and many more. You’ll learn how to identify plants and what you can do with them, then we’ll head to Mel’s kitchen to make and sample some culinary treats, such as salads and pesto.

Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm, Saturday 24 August, Omihi. Cost: 4 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $30 suggested. (Location notified on booking). Book early, places limited. To register, contact: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

 

Healing Herbs: Melany Wright

 

Make your own nurturing herbal oils, salves and creams, with plants you can forage or find

in your garden. Mel will lead us on a forage, then show us how to prepare herbal oil infusions and how to use them as a base for creams and salves. She’ll explain the beneficial properties of the different oils and what products derived from them can be used for, and there’ll be samples to take home. Mel is a well-known local forager and chef who loves helping people appreciate nature’s free bounty all around.

 

Time: 1 – 5pm, Saturday 7 September. Cost: 4 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $30 suggested, plus small ingredients cost tbc. (Location notified on booking). Book early, places limited. To register: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

 

Gardening for Year-round Colour and Variety: Margaret Horrell

 

Join gardener and floral-artist Margaret Horrell for a springtime talk and tour of her established garden. Margaret loves creating gardens that are colourful and interesting throughout every season. She has a wealth of knowledge about flower and shrub varieties that will embellish your garden and floral arrangements, and how to propagate and grow them in local conditions. She’ll also give advice about saving seeds from your favourite varieties. Margaret is member and tutor of the Cheviot floral art group.

Time: Cheviot, Monday 9 September 10.30am – 12pm. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $15. Registrations: 03 314 3406 or email tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

 

Sustainable Wine Growing: Gwyn Williams

 

Hurunui district is home to a significant wine industry, and environmental sustainability has helped shaped its success.

Gwyn Williams has been at the forefront of this development as a former chair of Waipara Winegrowers, and the NZ Winegrowers Sustainability committee. At this talk, Gwyn will explain how and why the national sustainability initiative began in 1995, and today covers 98% of vineyards and wineries, including 7% that are organic. He’ll discuss the current review of the programme’s scorecards, auditing process, etc, and also talk about the Greening Waipara programme.

7 – 8.30pm, Amberley Library, Tuesday 10 September. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated. Registration: 03 314 3406 or email tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

 

Making Lavender Bath Bombs: Charlotte Brown

Give yourself, or someone special, a relaxing treat!Learn how to make gorgeous foamy bath bombs scented with lavender essential oil. Charlotte grows and processes lavender on her property and uses it for her home-made soaps and oils. At this hands-on workshop, she will guide us through the process of crafting a small bath bomb, which we will gift wrap to take home. She’ll also demonstrate how to make a large bomb, and talk about different ingredients and recipes you can use. All molds and materials provided.

Time: 10am – 12pm, Wed. 18 September. Cost: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $15, plus ingredients cost tbc Registration: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Screening of Fools & Dreamers


This acclaimed 30-min documentary is about Hinewai Nature Reserve, on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson.
Hugh and the Maurice White Native Forest Trust have regenerated marginal, hilly farmland into native forest, using a minimal interference method that allows nature to do the work, giving life to over 1500 hectares of native forest, waterways, and the creatures that live within them. This strategy includes leaving gorse as a nurse canopy that dies back once self-seeding native plants grow through it.
Hugh’s passion for his life’s project has inspired many. Locally, the success of his vision has contributed to the dynamic Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust. Is it possible to adopt a Hinewai-type approach to parts of North Canterbury? Come, view the movie and discuss. Bruce Hansen from the MWNFT will be at the screening and happy to answer questions.

Amberley School Hall, Thursday 19 Sept. 7.15pm for 7.30pm screening, followed by supper. This is a free event co-hosted by TimeBank Hurunui and the Hurunui Biodiversity Group. Gold coin donation towards supper appreciated.

RSVP by Sept 13 to tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com  03 314 3406

 

 

 

 

May -  June 2019

 

 

 

Food Rescue and Reducing Food Waste: Phillipa Hunt

Satisfy Food Rescue collaborates with food retailers and community organisations to re-direct surplus perishable food to people in North Canterbury who need it. Phillipa Hunt, chair of Satisfy, will tell how it works to reduce food waste and make good food available to everyone. She’ll also give tips about avoiding wastage at home and in workplaces. Satisfy partners with organisations in Amberley and Waikari, and is open to exploring ways to help in other parts of the Hurunui.

Thurs. 9 May, 7 – 8.30pm, Amberley library. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated.

 

Tech Lab: Update your Toolkit: Dean Harliwich

Fed up with squinting at screens to find lost dates, backtracking through emails, or misplacing critical files? This Tech Lab will review some free websites and programs for streamlining personal, business or community projects. Learn about different tech tools (eg Trello, Slack) and how to tie them together in a way that's reliable and accessible. From group discussions to marketing solutions, storing files to tracking tasks, planning meetings to fundraising, Dean will get you thinking about how to use technology better for managing your important tasks and exciting projects! Dean has learned a few ways to make life easier in the IT labyrinth. He is a coordinator for Bridge2Rocks Timebank and Timebanks of Canterbury.

Tues. 14 May 7 – 8.30pm, Amberley library.  Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated. Registrations essential

 

Making Memories Stitch by Stitch: Jenny Barkley

Memory quilts are a way to celebrate the lives of loved ones, or mark special milestones. They can be precious gifts and keepsakes to pass on. Quilter Jenny Barkley will explain how to make or contribute to a project, using a gifted collection of patches featuring images, mementos and messages. Whether you are a quilter or not, Jenny’s samples and stories will inspire you and help your creative ideas flow.

Wed. 22 May, 10 – 11.30am, Amberley (venue tbc on registration). Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $10.

 

Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking: Marina Locke

Learn to create simple, tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes, and design meals that are nutritionally balanced. Marina Locke learned vegetarian, macrobiotic, and vegan cooking at a specialty restaurant in Toronto and loves to grow her own food as much as possible. She will demonstrate making a veggie loaf and a chocolate quinoa mousse. You are welcome to bring a selection of what you find in your garden and be shown how to incorporate it into a delicious dish. We’ll share our meal at the end of the class.

Sat. 25  May, 10.30am - 1pm,  Balcairn Hall. 2.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $17, plus ingredients cost $3.

 

DIY Beeswax Wraps: Serina Linton

 

Do away with plastic cling film and try a natural and healthy substitute that you can make yourself! Reusable wraps from fabric soaked with beeswax are easy and fun to make. Serina Linton is a ‘rethink waste’ educator and is passionate about teaching children and families practical ways to care for the environment with reuse and recycling. She’ll share her handy tips at this workshop, and we’ll make wraps to take home. BYO cotton fabric.

 

Time: 4.30 – 6pm, Monday 27 May, Hanmer Springs library. Donation appreciated to cover organising costs.

 

Problem” Children & How to Help Them: Geoff Winter

Parents, caregivers, educators, whanau members - this is an opportunity to discuss ways of helping children with challenging behaviours. Positive changes are more likely when you involve the child in resolving issues, setting boundaries and making settlements meaningful. Easier said than done!

Geoff Winter has learned effective strategies from his experience as a foster parent specialising in children with behavioural problems, such as non-cooperation and anger, and also as a police detective in the UK where he worked in child protection. Geoff will share his insights and discuss particular concerns you may want to raise.

 

Time: Thursday 30 May, 7 – 8.30 pm, Amberley library. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated.

 

Be Your Own Best Coach: Liz Ashton

Liz Ashton is a professional coach and human resources practitioner. She is the Organisational Development & Human Resources Manager at the Waimakariri District Council, where part of her role is to coach staff on topics such as mindfulness, personal development, effective communication and leadership. At this workshop Liz will share insights into how you can apply “Self Coaching” to take charge of your life and make the required changes to you need to succeed. This method asks us to become more conscious of lifetime habits of thought and action that may hinder or help us on our path. Liz will offer practical advice relating to any questions or experiences that participants wish to discuss.

 

Time: 1.30 – 3pm, Sunday 16 June, Amberley library. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated.

 

Pelvic Health for Women: Sarah Sidey

Sarah is a physiotherapist passionate about women’s health. She wants women to be more informed about ways to protect and maintain their pelvic floor muscles to prevent or alleviate incontinence, particularly after childbirth or following menopause. Such issues affect up to 50% of women at some stage of life, and can lead to prolapses and other serious health problems. At this talk Sarah will offer practical tips about what to do, what to avoid, and where to go for expert help if you need it. She’ll show us some simple exercises and how to do them correctly.

 

Time: 10.30 – 12 pm, Thursday 20 June, Waikari Hall. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $10 suggested. Morning tea included.

 

Pruning and Grafting Fruit Trees: Graeme Ure

Learn the theory behind pruning, various pruning techniques and tree maintenance to achieve optimal fruiting. Graeme Ure, a member of the NZ Tree Crops Association (TCA), has a home orchard. He will lead this workshop and discussion using the fruit trees at Leithfield School’s Community Orchard. Graeme will also demonstrate simple grafting - how to select scion wood, put the two pieces together and the best times for grafting.

This is a joint workshop by the TCA’s Canterbury branch and TimeBank Hurunui’s Learning Exchange.

 

Time:1.30 – 3.30pm, Sun. 23 June, Leithfield School, 64 Old Main North Road. Cost: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $12, TCA members no charge. Registrations required: Rain day June 30.

 

Candle-making: Lynnette Creagh

Make your own colourful candles to light up winter! Lynnette Creagh will show us how to make elegant, scented candles using the dipping method. Once you’ve got the basics sorted, be creative and try funky effects and make candles of different sizes and shapes. We’ll have a fun, social time inspiring each other!

This class is suitable for all ages, though young children need to be supervised.

10.30 – 12.30, Fri 28 June, Leithfield School hall. Cost: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $10 suggested fee, & $5 materials cost.

 

 

 

February - April 2019

 

Bee-keeping and Bee Health: Lindsay Moir 

 

New Zealand’s apiculture industry is of growing importance to our rural-based economies. Lindsay is a longtime beekeeper who runs courses on bee diseases and is also North Canterbury’s Beehive Inspector, working with various agencies. He will share practical tips about bee-keeping and maintaining healthy hives, and lead a discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. This talk is for hobbyist and commercial bee-keepers, and anyone interested in bees.

 

Time: 7.30 - 9pm, Tuesday 12 February, Cheviot. Suggested contribution: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $12

 

Punishing Crime in NZ: Jeremy Finn

A government review of New Zealand’s criminal justice system is underway, with reforms to follow. Retired law professor and legal historian Jeremy Finn will give a background of our sentencing and parole laws and practices, and discuss the political, economic and social impacts that the review is addressing. Jeremy’s talk will add to our understanding of this complex issue, and stimulate debate.

 

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Thurs. 14 February, Amberley library. Suggested contribution, 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated.

 

Learning Together with Dogs: Judith Moore

For everyone with a dog in your life! Judith is an animal lover whose knack for training animals began as a girl, first with horses then with dogs. Proper training is essential for a happy and safe relationship with your dog, Judith will share tips on making this process enjoyable and rewarding. She will touch on her own experiences of the Good Canine Citizen programme, explain some fundamentals of the RallyO obedience training, and demonstrate with her own dogs.

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Thursday 21st Feb, Amberley Library. Suggested Contribution: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated.

 

Sushi-making: Yoshimi Donnelly

 

Sushi is a tasty finger food for lunches or entertaining. It is also a popular gluten-free option. Though simple to make, like everything Japanese there’s an art to doing it well. Former owner of Amberley’s Sushi Maru, Yoshimi will show us how to cook sushi rice, prepare and match ingredients, and assemble, roll and present four kinds of sushi.

 

Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm, Wednesday 27 Feb., Amberley. Suggested contribution: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $15, plus $10 ingredients cost

 

Making Sense of Today's School Maths: Sue Graham

This practical workshop will explain the teaching of modern maths in schools, so that you can help your children enjoy mathematics and build their confidence. Sue is a former principal and is a specialist maths teacher and advisor to schools. She aims to help parents understand how they can assist their children in developing a positive mindset toward mathematics and the application of maths understandings in every day life.

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Waikari School, 21 March. Suggested contribution:  1.5 time-bank credits or donation appreciated.

 

Earth (Adobe) Plastering, with Kate McMillan

Learn to make and apply earth plaster and at this hands-on workshop. Kate McMillan and her family are building a strawbale house, and are completing two small outbuildings first. Kate will show us about coarse plastering the walls of one, and on the second we’ll apply a lime-based finishing plaster. On day two, we’ll apply lime plaster to the first structure and learn about other aspects of earth and strawbale building.

Kate is sourcing clay locally, and using recycled and repurposed materials. Though earth-plastering requires physical effort, it is very satisfying and an opportunity to learn together and help each other. Children are welcome to these workshops.

Saturday 30 March, 9.30am to 4pm, Waipara. Follow -up workshop, Sat. 13 April. Cost 6 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $60, (for both) plus $10/day to cover catering costs. 

 

Know Your Mushrooms, with Natalie Absalom

Our excursion will take us to two sites north of Amberley, where Natalie will show us varieties of local fungi and how to identify them by their features and habitats. She’ll distinguish between the merely edible and more culinary varieties, and emphasise what types to avoid altogether. Natalie is an experienced forager, who loves introducing people to the abundance of wild foods that are all around us.

Time: 9am to around midday, Sunday 31 March. Location: starting at Scargill, & one other site tbc. Cost: 3 time-bank credits or $17 suggested.

 

Enhancing Native Ecosystems: Jamie McFadden

Jamie McFadden runs Hurunui Natives, a business he and his wife Linda Dodds established 20 years ago in Cheviot. Growing hardy, local native plants and successfully establishing plantings for landowners and community projects is their game. At this Food For Thought presentation Jamie will discuss tips for success, lessons from mistakes, and how we can all contribute to enhancing native ecosystems in our district of Hurunui. The biggest challenge of all is to find biodiversity enhancement and protection solutions that are enduring.

Amberley Library, at 7:30pm. Light supper served. Gold coin donation appreciated. For Information ph; Ellie 314 3845

 

 Vietnam War and NZ's Involvement: James Drewery

Local amateur historian James Drewery will discuss the Vietnam War with particular emphasis on America’s policy of involvement, followed by Australia’s and New Zealand’s. He will also talk about controversial aspects of this conflict, including the development of the strong anti-war movement and the use of defoliants and their effect on returning NZ soldiers. As with his previous presentations, James will display a full-size mannequin dressed in complete NZ combat kit. Some aspects of this talk will be not suitable for children.

Thursday 11 April at 7 – 8.30pm at Amberley library. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated.

 

Laughter is the Best Medicine:  Jill Winter

We've all heard this saying, but is it true? Coming from a nursing background, Jill is fascinated by the concept of Laughter is the Best Medicine. She is a facilitator of Laughter Yoga, a practice founded by Indian doctor Madan Kataria. At her talk, Jill will introduce us to Laughter Yoga's methods and discuss its benefits for our wellbeing. There will be an opportunity for participation. Time:  Monday 15 April, 7.30 - 8.30pm, Amberley library. Cost: 1 time-bank credit or donation appreciated.

 

Craft Cards for All Occasion: Trish Warnes

A fun class for the holidays! Create unique cards using your own background design in water-soluble oil pastels, texture paste and stencils. Trish loves crafting and inspiring others to have a go. She’ll show you various samples, and guide you through the steps to design and make two spectacular cards! BYO sticky fingers and imagination. Come prepared to get a little messy. All materials provided.

Time: 1.30 - 3pm, Sat. 27 April, Amberley Bowling Club. Cost: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $10, plus $3 materials cost. Suit senior primary age children, teens and adults.

How to be "Fraud Safe":  Evan Parry

Have you been scammed, or someone you know? We are all at risk of online and offline fraud, and need to feel confident in recognising and dealing with it. If you do suspect a scam, how might you alert others, and should you report it?

There are many ways scammers attempt to deceive us. Evan is a retired teacher with a sound knowledge of IT. He will talk about various scenarios and how we can respond, and point out useful sources of information. Bring your questions and concerns so there can be discussion, and sharing of knowledge.

Culverden Fire Brigade. Time: 1.30 - 3pm, Tuesday April 30. Suggested fee: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated to cover costs. Afternoon tea provided.

 

 

 

July to December 2018

 

Herbal Oils, Creams and Salves: Melany Wright.

Make your own nurturing herbal oils, salves and creams, with plants you can forage or find in your garden. These may include lavender, calendula, comfrey, lemon balm, yarrow, and more. Melany will show us how to prepare herbal oil infusions and how to use them as a base for creams and salves. She’ll explain the beneficial properties of the herbal oils and what products derived from them can be used for, and there’ll be samples to take home.

Melany is a very knowledgeable local forager and chef who often cooks with wild-harvest foods. She loves sharing her talents and knowledge, to help people be more aware of nature’s freely accessible bounty all around.

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Mon 23 July. Venue: Amberley tbc on registration, and what to bring. Suggested fee: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $12,

plus small ingredients cost tbc.

 

 

Kete Weaving: Kate McMillan

Weave a flax kete basket with handles that you can use as carry bag or large handbag, with the option of adapting it into a small backpack.

Kate is a skilled crafter who loves working with flax, (harakeke). Over the two classes, she will demonstrate and give one-to-one instruction,

with the aim that every-one makes a finished basket to take home. We’ll enjoy a sociable time together weaving chat as well as kete, and

connecting to a wonderful Maori handicraft tradition.

 

When you register, you’ll receive more information about harvesting and preparing your flax, and what else to bring.

Time: 7 – 9.30 pm, Wed. 25 July, and Wed. 1 August.Venue: Waikari Hall. Suggested fee: 5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $40. 

 

 

Planning An Edible Garden: Sigrid McTurk

Gardening to grow your own food has its joys - and challenges. What should you plant, when and where, so that your garden produces bountiful and varied crops throughout the year? Sigrid is an experienced gardener who follows natural methods. She’ll show you around her garden and discuss designing a plan that includes feeding and preparing the soil, optimal planting times and crop rotations, seed-saving and propagating. You’re welcome to bring seeds or plants for swapping too. Bring pen paper, some sketches/ plans for your own garden, and of course your questions or ideas to share!

Time: 2 – 3.30pm, Sat. 4 August. Location: Sefton. Suggested Fee: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $15, (children free).

 

Are You Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?: John Grater

Join John and the Food For Thought sustainability collective for a lively discussion about the 4th Industrial Revolution. John will look at the possible trends and implications of the disruptive technologies emerging now. These include AI (Artificial Intelligence), robotics, nano technology, the "Internet of Things", and in general the increased interconnectivity and interdependence that is happening around the world. Are we ready for the speed of change that is happening? What are the challenges and what might be the opportunities of these rapidly evolving technological platforms?

Venue: Amberley library, Mon. 6 August

Food For Thought forums are open to all. A gold coin donation is appreciated, and you're welcome to stay for supper afterwards. For more information. call John on 0272 149 144, email graterjohn@hotmail.com 

 

DIY Beeswax Wraps

Instead of plastic cling film, try a natural, healthy substitute that you can make yourself! Reusable wraps of beeswax-soaked fabric are easy and fun to make. Serina Linton is a ‘rethink waste’ educator who teaches children and families practical ways to care for the environment with reuse and recycling. She’ll share all sorts of handy tips, and we’ll make our own colourful wraps to take home.

Time: 10 - 11.30am, Monday 17 September.  Venue: Scargill Domain pavilion. Directions and what-to-bring information provided on registration.

 

The Living Art of Bonsai

Learn the basics of bonsai, a way of cultivating miniature trees in forms that reflect the shape and scale of full-size trees.

Linda Tayles is a bonsai artist who will show you how to train and pot your own tree, and how to look after it. She’ll discuss different techniques and styles, and which plants are most suited to bonsai, especially for beginners. Get creative with this exquisite Japanese art form! BYO tree and pot, or purchase a hand-made pot on the day. Also BYO lunch. (You’ll receive more info on registration).

Time: 10 – 2.30pm, Leithfield. Cost: 4 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $20, plus materials charge tbc.

 

Kete-weaving Beyond the Basics

 

Weave a large kete with handles under the skilled instruction of Kate McMillan. Kate loves working with flax, (harakeke). Over this day-long class,  her aim is that everyone finishes a basket to take home. This workshop is for people who have some knowledge of flax-weaving. You’ll need to bring up to 120 strips of flax with the fibres (muka) prepared. Friday 28 Sept., Cheviot, 9.30am – 5 pm. Cost: 6 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $50.

 

The Art of Soap-making

Make fabulous soaps from easily sourced ingredients including natural scents and colours.  At this workshop with Chloë Dear, you will make your own soap and learn about recipes. Chloë is an advocate of greater home self-sufficiency who loves sharing her fascination with the creative process of soap-making. Sefton, Sunday 30 Sept., 9.30am – 12. Cost: 2.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $17, plus $20 ingredients cost.

 

QEII Covenants

Learn about how to protect local biodiversity by placing land into covenant through the QE11 National Trust. 

Almost 70% of land in New Zealand is in private hands, which is why farmers and other property owners can play a vital role in conserving the unique ecological values and heritage of our district.  Miles Giller, the trust's North Canterbury representative, will explain the processes of setting up a covenant, and what assistance is available. He'll talk about some of the successful and fascinating QE11 covenants that have been established in North Canterbury since the trust started in 1977. The more areas of protected biodiversity are established, the better the prospects will be for regenerative recovery throughout our local landscapes.

This is a Food For Thought event. Gold coin donation appreciated, and warm welcome to stay for supper. For info, contact Sue 03 314 3734 oe email suesinclair@amuri.net

 

Motunau Beach eco talk and clean-up.

Join Melanie White from DOC and local residents to “beach comb” for rubbish, learn about the geology and biodiversity of this unique site, and share a cuppa and kai! Our vision is to inspire everyone who loves our beautiful Hurunui beaches to continue looking after them, to keep them tidy and help local marine life. Time: 11am – 2pm. Wednesday 10 October, or rain day Friday 12 (at a later time). Register to attend and receive updates, with TimeBank Hurunui: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

 

Writing Life Stories

Have you considered writing about your own life, for your family or for publication? Or recording the lives of your nearest and dearest elders? Do you or they have a story which might inspire or entertain others? Jo Bailey is a Christchurch author who believes that everyone has interesting stories to tell. In this interactive class, she will discuss: the purpose, angle and stylistic approach to writing life stories; research, interviewing and recording methods, and the craft of writing and editing.

Time: 7- 9 pm, Tuesday 16 October. Venue: Amberley Library. Contribution: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated.

 

What Happens to Our Waste? Kate Valley Landfill Tour

Concerned or curious about waste reduction and disposal? Then join our guided bus tour of Hurunui’s Kate Valley Landfill. This leading-edge facility manages huge volumes of solid waste produced by 450,000 Canterbury people. It is owned by Transwaste Canterbury Ltd., a joint venture with five Canterbury local councils. Transwaste works alongside the councils promoting long-term waste minimisation.

As well as seeing how waste is transported, compacted and buried, you’ll also learn about safety and conservation measures to minimise environmental impacts, including what happens to leachate and gas, and how water is managed.

The site is 1,000 hectares, of which 37 hectares will be used in landfilling. A further 410 hectares, Tirimoana Bush, is under a conservation covenant and is open to the public.

Registrations close 8 October. If not coming via Amberley, it will be possible to join the tour at Waipara. The tour lasts about 90 mins. Contribution: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated, plus pp bus fare (tbc).

 

Reducing Our Rubbish - The Zero Waste Approach

Hear about practical ways to reduce your rubbish footprint to zero. Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, the "No-Waste Nomads", have been touring NZ by bike to share their experiences and knowledge with communities, including demonstrating ways they've achieved living a zero-waste lifestyle. This free event, including zero-waste nibbles, is supported by TimeBank Hurunui's Learning Exchange. 7 - 9pm, Tues Oct, 23rd, Amberley Library. To register, email tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com or call 03 314 3406

Topics covered include:
- What is the zero waste movement? Why is waste reduction important?
- How zero waste principles can revolutionise your perspectives on living and lifestyle, beyond your rubbish bin.
- Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe, and how these might inform community-level waste reduction.
- Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life (including fun DIY household products, cosmetics, and other life hacks).

This talk is part of The Rubbish Trip's travelling project, taking the zero waste message around Aotearoa New Zealand. Follow them on Facebook for updates and upcoming events around the country!

 

WWI: The Armistice & After

James Drewery, wartime history researcher, will share his insights about what happened during the last year of the Great War, and its subsequent aftermath. His talk will include the signing of the Armistice, the Allied Powers’ terms imposed on Germany, issues around repatriation of troops, the deadly Spanish flu outbreak, and the repercussions of these global upheavals for New Zealand’s returning soldiers and post-war society.

James is president of the Amberley Lions Club, and is helping organise a Citizens of Amberley Armistice Day event on Sunday 11th November.

Amberley Library, 7 – 8.30pm. Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated. To register: contact: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearning exchange@gmail.com

 

Make a Go-kart

The best fun a kid can have on four wheels! Builder Dave Blackler will offer his skills and workshop facilities to help parents and kids make their own non-motorised go-kart. Dave will suggest a basic design or you can come along with your own. If you have materials for a go-kart seat, frame, axles and wheels check in with him before if your design and materials are suitable. If you don’t have materials, Dave can advise about what you’ll need, and where to buy/find them. He’ll also have some materials available.

This workshop has limited numbers, so book early. BYO lunch. Scargill, Sunday 11th November, 10 am – 3pm. Cost: 5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $25 Register: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

 Going Solar? Trends, Tips and Alternatives: with guest presenter Roger McKenzie

Roger is a power-electronics engineer and product designer who’ll discuss developments in electricity technology. He’ll share his experiences designing and installing off-grid systems in remote areas, including the Falkland Islands, and for the PurePod glass eco cabins around Canterbury. He’ll also give practical suggestions about battery management and how to assess the best set-up for your circumstances, eg, off-grid or grid-connected solar, or other renewable options. Come with questions, experiences and ideas to share!

Monday 12 November, 7 – 8.30 pm, Amberley Library Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated.

Register: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Summer Flower Arranging: with Margaret Horrell

Discover the delights of creative flower arranging, in time for summer and the Christmas season!

Margaret tutors at the Cheviot Floral group and loves showing people what they can do with flowers and foliage from their own gardens. She’ll explain which flowers and foliage work well in floral designs, and demonstrate posies and bouquets for gifts, and arrangements in a vase or bowl to grace a festive table. We’ll then make our own creations, with Margaret’s guidance and inspiration from each other.

Time: Tuesday 20 November, 7 - 9pm, Waipara Pavilion, Glenmark. Cost: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $15, plus materials charge $5. Supper provided. BYO flowers/foliage and vase or bowl   Register: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

What Happens to our Waste? Kate Valley Landfill Tour 

We've had requests to put on a second visit to Hurunui’s Kate Valley Landfill, as our October one filled up fast! The next tour is from 9am - 11.45am, Thurs. 22 November.

As well as seeing how this leading-edge facility manages waste, you’ll also learn about safety and conservation measures to minimise environmental impacts, including what happens to leachate and gas, and how water is managed. The site is 1,000 hectares, of which 37 hectares will be used in landfilling. A further 410 hectares, Tirimoana Bush, is under a conservation covenant and is open to the public. Be in quickly to register!

Contact: tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com or 03 314 3406. If not coming via Amberley, it will be possible to join the bus at Waipara. The tour lasts about 90 mins. Contribution: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or $10 donation appreciated, plus pp bus fare $5

 

 3 Steps for Life

Performing CPR and using an AED (automated external defibrillator) is easy. Learning how could mean you save a life. Charlotte Broms is a paramedic with St John. She will take us through the St John's 3 Steps for Life training, designed to give all New Zealanders the confidence and awareness to take action when somebody suffers a cardiac arrest. She will outline the different pathways to becoming a first-aid responder: e.g., enrolling for a first-aid course; training as a St Johns volunteer, or studying to be a professional paramedic. She’ll also explain how St John and other front-line agencies work together in our communities, to save lives and to educate people. Whether at home or work, on the playing field or at the seaside, be better prepared for emergencies this summer!

Time: 7 – 9pm, Monday 26 November. Venue: Amberley Library. Cost: 2 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated. Register: 03 314 3406 or tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

 

Kaiapoi Food Forest Tour

This community venture has transformed 1.5 acres of red-zone land into a thriving public space and source of local “kai”. Thanks to donations and thousands of volunteer hours, in its first year the Kaiapoi Food Forest has over 800 trees and plants, and is looking forward to bumper crops this summer of fruit, vegies and herbs.

Inspired by locals Brent and Shirley Cairns, the food forest is an open public space. As well as providing free food, it features creative landscaping and picnic spaces, and offers educational programmes and events. It is becoming a tourist destination, bringing visitors to Kaiapoi.

Our TBH Learning Exchange is organising a tour with Brent to see first-hand what is achievable with community vision and commitment. Afterwards, we can enjoy a shared picnic or lunch at a local cafe.

Register please by 26 November, so we can arrange car-pooling. Call 03 314 3406 or email tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com

Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated

 

 

More classes in the pipeline - updating soon!

 

 

Term 2 2018

Geocaching, What Is It? Let’s Do It! Nigel Marx

Time: 1.154.15pm, Sat. 21 April. Location: Amberley. Contribution: 3 time-bank credits or $15 suggested fee, ($5 per child).

Geocaching is a global navigation game. All you need is a smartphone with GPS, and you’re equipped to locate caches that other players have hidden in interesting places. Geocaching  teaches observation and awareness of your environment and is a great activity for all ages.  Join Nigel Marx to learn the basics, and go on a fun search for 20 caches around Amberley.

 

Tech Labs for Apple Mac and IPAD: Evan Parry

Time: 1.30 – 3pm, Sats 5 & 12 May. Location: Amberley library. Contribution: 1.5 time-bank credits or donation appreciated. Registrations essential. BYO Apple device if you have one. Are you a Mac user, surrounded by users of Windows? Do you have problems with Windows files? Would you like to know more about Mac computing if you are a Windows user? Do you want advice about your iPAD? Share your experiences and learn new information and skills such as user-friendly software, upgrading the Operating System, computer security, etc.

 

Propagating Plants for the Garden: Sigrid McTurk

Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm, Sunday 13 May. Location: Sefton. Contribution: 2 time-bank credits or $15 suggested fee. BYO sharp knife, secateurs and pots Propagating is economic and a great way to conserve plants with personal and heritage value. Nurturing and seeing them grow is so satisfying. Sigrid will teach methods including taking cuttings and transplanting bulbs, and discuss what grows well locally. She is trained in biodynamic cultivation and will also talk about seasons, micro climates, watering, etc. 

 

Fabric Weaving: Annabel Harris

Time: 10 am - 12pm, Sunday 27 May. Location: Culverden. Contribution: 2 time-bank credits or $17 suggested fee. Learn about the craft of hand weaving, and how to start creating your own beautiful and functional fabrics. Annabel is a skilled weaver who uses natural yarns such as cotton, wool, hemp and possum to make scarves, stoles, throws, baby slings and more. She’ll show you samples of her work, and demonstrate on a table loom. We’ll learn the basics of setting up a loom and calculating yarn quantities, and you’ll also get to try your hand on a loom.

 

Te Reo & Tikanga Maori: Nukuroa Tirikatene-Nash

Time: 7 – 9pm, Tues. 29 May. Venue: Amberley Bowling Club. . Contribution: 2 time-bank credits or donation appreciated. (Supper included). Maori language and culture are integral to our kiwi identity, and we are all enriched by this. At this “taster” evening, we’ll familiarise ourselves with some key Maori words and expressions, polish our pronunciation, and enjoy a waiata (song). Nukuroa speaks te reo and has a deep connection with Maori customs and values (tikanga). A Gore Bay local, he loves teaching surfing and enjoys waka ama (outrigger canoeing). He is a keen environmentalist, and a fisheries guardian for Ngai Tahu.

 

Beeswax Wraps: Serina Linton

Time: 1.15 – 2.45pm, Thursday 7 June. Location: Leithfield. (Donation appreciated to cover workshop organisation cost).

Instead of plastic cling film, try a natural, healthy substitute that you can make yourself! Reusable wraps of beeswax-soaked fabric are easy and fun to make. Serina is a ‘rethink waste’ educator who teaches children and families practical ways to care for the environment with reuse and recycling. She’ll share all sorts of handy tips, and we’ll make our own colourful wraps to take home. (This class will be repeated on July 10, at Broomfield)

 

 

Flax-basket Weaving: Kate McMillan

Time: 1.30 – 4.30pm, Sunday 10 June. Location: Waikari. Contribution: 3 time-bank credits or $20 suggested fee. BYO flax leaves. Weave a handy flax basket suitable for stowing toys or other belongings, which will also grace your living space! Kate teaches an easy method using 20 large flax (harakeke) leaves. This doesn’t require preparing the leaves in advance. We’ll enjoy a sociable time together weaving chat as well as baskets, and connecting to a wonderful hand-craft tradition.

 

Essential Oils: Kirsten Wyllie 

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Thursday 14 June. Location: Amberley. Contribution: 1.5 time-bank credits or $12 suggested fee, plus $3 for materials. (Supper included). Discover the magical world of plant-based essential oils. Kirsten will talk about 10 different kinds and their many nourishing and protective benefits for all the family. Uses include diffusing, or massaging with a diluted blend to relieve stress, and you can also use oils in your own cleaning and beauty products that are simple to make and smell heavenly.

 

Getting Your Will Right: Susan Lewis

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Tuesday 19 June. Location: Amberley. Clear advice from an experienced family lawyer, and questions answered.Whether you're making your first will or updating one, be sure you've covered what's important and left clear directions. Wills can be simple and not expensive to prepare. Susan is an experienced family lawyer. As well as wills, she'll talk about powers of attorney and probate and also explain living wills and digital wills. Susan believes in empowering people to make sound legal decisions and get their affairs 'sorted'.

Cost: 1.5 TimeBank Hurunui credits or donation appreciated

 

 

 

TERM 1, 2018

 

  

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.

 

To register, Contact: tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com or call 03 314 3406

Stay tuned regularly for more Learning Exchange events, and updates to the schedule.