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Martin Pugh says TimeBank is re-connecting people within their community.

“Before you can share, you need to connect” “Before you can share, you need to connect”

TimeBank Waimakariri’s vision continues to reverse the disconnect and lack of sharing within local communities. Martin Pugh, who shares Timebank’s coordinator role with Jennifer Penwell, said life had happened to many communities in a way that had made neighbours and communities strangers. Volunteering time through TimeBank Waimakariri has instead given the community a proactive platform to connect, re-connect, and also to give back. “That sharing already does happen in our community, but a lot less now than it did years ...

Beloved pets inspire early childhood teacher’s first children’s book Beloved pets inspire early childhood teacher’s first children’s book

Burwood Kindercare’s early childhood teacher and Kaiapoi resident, Shannon Barker decided in high school that one day she would write a children’s book.  Today she gathers her preschool kids in a circle and reads to them her book Shadow and Willow - The Mouse Hunt. Shannon admits it felt exciting and kind of weird to read her own book to the children she teaches, but says they enjoyed it, asking for the book to be read ...

Kaiapoi businesses unite for all Kaiapoi businesses unite for all

A new initiative between Kaiapoi businesses and the Kaiapoi Promotions Association (KPA) is poised to pour plenty of collective energy into promoting the region’s river town. Destination Kaiapoi Collective’s (DKC) evolution came about after a catchy new jingle celebrating Kaiapoi first aired. Commissioned by local developer Jedd Pearce – of the PLC Group – it was a deliberate first stake in the ground that Kaiapoi is ready to take its marketing to the next level. Unprecedented marketing unity for Kaiapoi businesses Chairman of the KPA ...

SH1 Southbound Detours at Night from Sunday 6 September SH1 Southbound Detours at Night from Sunday 6 September

From this weekend, the Christchurch Northern Corridor team will be installing gantries on SH1 around and near the Waimakariri Bridge, north of Christchurch. This will involve lane and full road closures at night, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, through to October. A gantry is a steel overhead support structure to hold traffic signs. In total on SH1 seven gantries will be installed. Two on the north side of the Waimakariri Bridge and five south of ...

Air Force 2 takes to the water Air Force 2 takes to the water

Alpine Jet Thrills launched an airboat in the Waimakariri last Saturday as the first step in attracting locals to this unique adventure. Set to open for the summer, the ride of a lifetime in the modified airboat will take passengers in places where even jet boats can’t go. Air Force 2 ready for service Paul Mullan took seven lucky volunteers up-river on its first trip from under the motorway bridge in the Waimakariri Regional Park, for a ...

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