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Wendy's wonderful contribution


Humble and hardworking and a much loved mentor and colleague, long term Project Lyttelton Board member, treasurer and project leader Wendy Everingham is stepping down from her Board roles after 16 years. The vast majority of Wendy’s work has been as an unpaid volunteer and her contribution has been outstanding. Anneleise Hall had a chat to her about her time with PL.

“It’s hard to believe it’s that long really”, says Wendy Everingham as she steps down from Project Lyttelton’s board and her Treasurer role.

“In some ways it doesn’t seem that long ago since John and I came over from Melbourne, and were brand new to Lyttelton.

“Then I was going to meetings with Margaret (Jefferies) talking about what Lyttelton wanted to be.”

“It’s pretty amazing that after 10 years we ticked everything off on that list that we both dreamt about in 2003. It was really nice to be working with someone who was thinking so far outside the square and challenging me to do the same.”

She is proud of the projects that have been set up during her time at PL, and over the years she has had input into every project.

“Being in Project Lyttelton really does make you think about sustainability and what that means, how we can make changes to get other people thinking about that,“ Wendy said.

“Getting people to think about what they buy, where they shop how they live, how they get to places. It’s been a great way for experimenting,” she says.

“The time bank was, and still is, such an amazing community building tool, the Farmers Market for local food, the Community Garden teaching people how to grow their own produce, everything’s about connecting and learning. The Garage Sale is amazing for recycling, getting people to think that if they are going to throw something out let someone else use it.”

Wendy has decided to redirect her skills into local politics and has been put forward as a candidate for the local Community Board.

Meanwhile she is optimistic PL will thrive without her.

“There comes a time when you have to pass the baton, and if you’re there you get deferred to. I want these great people to fly just like I’ve flown. You have to make spaces and there’s always someone to fill that space. You have to let people feel confident that they can do it too.”

Wendy remains passionate about the community and the environment and has also contributed significant time to Urumau Reserve planting and governance which she will continue.

“I’m really interested in our local seed collection of remnant forest, making that happen on a larger scale.”

Margaret Jefferies MNZM

Community leadership mentor gets royal recognition


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Margaret Jefferies has a way of making things happen with seeming ease.

Whether in her role as Project Lyttelton Chair, leadership mentor, community catalyst, speaker and facilitator, mother of five or occasional artist Margaret always moves with vision and her own unique energy.

Her recent inclusion in the June 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List recognised the wider impacts of that vision when she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for Services to Community, in the process attracting glowing endorsements from the likes of Time Bank founder Professor Edgar Cahn and Warehouse philanthropist Sir Stephen Tindall.

She is grateful to all the people who have supported her visions and offered their congratulations of this public recognition.

Margaret’s major achievements, like introducing Time Banks to New Zealand, are obvious and attract a lot of attention. A sought-after speaker and mentor, her leadership, particularly as Chair of Project Lyttelton, is recognised internationally.

In her 15 years as Project Lyttelton Chair Margaret has also been part of other groups and boards that are aligned with her visions of loving connected communities and local economies.

The big achievements were a long time in the growing and have their own identities and networks.

Despite notable successes Margaret still delights in dreaming up new things and creating big shifts from small starts.

She gets the deepest enjoyment from breaking new ground, not being constrained by ‘what people might think’ or what the paradigm dictates.

“The likes of time banking is great but I think I’m more proud of the fact that I can still find something new, or dream up something or imagine something and go for it. I can get people on board and make it happen somehow, shift energy.”

Her favourite challenges are innovations that “aren’t even on the radar”, new ways of working together or harnessing community and resources.

Putting ideas ‘out there’ and pulling in the right needs and people has led to a cascade of projects building on each other, interconnecting with and inspiring other groups.

Projects may just seem to fall into place but Margaret realised on reflection that she always starts with a fairly well thought out plan of where it’s going,

She believes the way forward is to recognise the heart and brain wisdom need to be more in balance with how we plan and imagine things.

“I think some of my greatest breakthroughs are reconnecting with the heart in a public sort of way. It’s like what I’m dreaming up is already there.”

Margaret says that love is the most important thing to consider when beginning any project.

“When you work together through love there’s gentleness. We can work in collaboration and work with everyone.”

The more values based we are and the wider range of people who get involved the better the solutions will be.

Sometimes it can feel hard to share our ideas, and we might hesitate, Margaret said. Her advice is just go gently.

Anyone can just begin if they feel driven to see something happen in their community, she said.

“Start talking about it, look out for people who connect with the ideas, see what people might be bring to it or who they are connected to. When it’s the right thing at the right time things just happen.”

Looking to Hire - Lyttelton Farmers Market


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Banks Peninsula Festival of Walking 2019

2019 BPWF

The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival is running over four weekends in November. Get off the beaten track, explore parts of Banks Peninsula not usually open to the public, visit local reserves and appreciate projects in progress. Our local guides will lead, inform and inspire you along the way!

Check out the program and how to get amongst it here

News from The Lyttelton Community Garden

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It's been a year of progress and partnerships in Lyttelton Community garden. Amazing new raised garden beds were built with a donation of port timbers from Lyttelton Port Company and funding from the Lyttelton and Mt Herbert Community Board.

We had an amazing day when we were joined by Willie and his helpers from South City Community garden who worked so hard with us to fill the raised beds with a huge trailer load of organic compost kindly donated by Living Earth as the process and excitement of building new soil to grow our future produce begins.

Wicking beds were built after our visit to Greening the Rubble in the glass house and we have had a successful trial during the summer months with the plants enjoying water even on the hottest days and with the addition of a new working bench and relaying of our beautiful mosaic path our glass house is ready to grow again.

We harvested our first crops from our new beds with heaps of potatoes and from the back of the garden we harvested over 50 gourds that were ably decorated at a Gourd decorating class held as part of the first Creative Sampler event.

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