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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, JULY 31, 2013
Timebank brings talents and tasks together
By MAT KERMEEN
EVER HAD that annoying five-
minute job, but could not afford to
get a tradesman in?
What about that concert there
was no babysitter for or agonising
over a complicated tax return?
For the people of Lincoln who
love their community and helping
others, the days of trying to organ-
ise solutions for those hassles
could be numbered.
Lincoln will soon join the grow-
ing number of communities across
New Zealand -- and around the
world -- turning to timebanking.
Timebanking is a community
share system where credits are
earned for helping others. These
credits can then be exchanged for
services or goods from other
Lincoln Envirotown is the driv-
ing force behind the initiative
being set up in Lincoln, and has
enlisted the help of an experi-
enced timebanking administrator.
Set-up co-ordinator Sarah
Pritchett has been involved with
Lyttelton s timebank, and is now
in charge of getting Lincoln s
timebank up and running.
She said the Lyttleton timebank
was important to the community,
and expects the Lincoln timebank
to be the same.
People who may not usually
cross paths will make connections
regularly through timebank.
Ms Pritchett said that in an
area like Lincoln, with thousands
of people arriving into the new
subdivisions, the timebank would
also help integrate new residents
into the community.
Lincoln Envirotown chair-
woman Sue Jarvis said timebank-
ing was a great way to help the
community, and also help to con-
nect residents with the range of
After seeing the Lyttelton
timebank s success, Ms Jarvis
thought the concept would be per-
fect for Lincoln.
Ms Pritchett said the goal was
to have more than 100 members
signed up in Lincoln by the end of
Timebanking works with two
weekly broadcasts via email, or
placed on a noticeboard for those
who do not use a computer.
Members can request and offer
services or products.
Ms Pritchett said timebanking s
endless possibilities stretched as
far as the imagination.
She had recently bought a
second-hand Monopoly set from
the Lyttelton timebank for two
credits, for example.
Organisations can pay time-
banking credits to volunteers who
help at working bees or assist
with community events.
Once set up in Lincoln, the
scheme will be extended to other
To know more about the Lincoln
timebank, contact Sarah Pritchett
at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on
021 0825 4606.
Scholarship paves the
way for Oxford study
OXFORD BOUND: Hannah Leckie
receives her scholarship from
associate education minister Dr Pita
A FORMER Lincoln University
graduate has received a financial
boost to help her attend one of the
world s top universities.
Hannah Leckie graduated from
Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science
(Hons), but the 28-year-old is now
set to continue her studies at
Oxford University, in England.
Ms Leckie -- of Te Aupouri and
Nga Puhi descent -- has received a
$30,000 scholarship from the Rose
Hellaby Maori education fund.
The charitable trust has distrib-
uted more than $3.3 million to
nearly 5000 Maori students since
its establishment in 1969.
Ms Leckie will complete a
Master of Science, majoring in
water science, policy and manage-
ment, at Oxford.
In her four years working as an
environmental scientist, consult-
ing on water science projects in
the Middle East, Australia and
New Zealand, Hannah has seen
first hand the impacts that can be
the result of poor environmental
regulation and enforcement.
In New Zealand, we are bles-
sed with access to safe drinking
water and plentiful freshwater
resources, but water quality is
declining and 90 per cent of our
lowland rivers are polluted.
I believe that with the ethic of
kaitiakitanga -- the guardianship
Maori exhibit to the environment
-- we have a fundamental role in
protecting the Mauri (life force) of
freshwater to assist our whanau,
hapu, iwi, and future generations
of all New Zealanders.
Ms Leckie was one of two major
recipients of the 112 who were
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