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Home Energy Advice Clinic -Wed 13th April

There are a few conversations happening at present regarding home heating and concerns re families possibly struggling to heat their homes this winter due to damage earthquake homes. We are currently working on joining all the dots between these various conversations and will update you further in due course. Meantime, if you have concerns in this area or are aware of anybody else please email member Lisa Cardosi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lisa has kindly volunteered to be the key contact person in this area and is liasing with Fletchers (Earthquake Recovery Centre here in Lyttelton, NOT the Recovery Assistance Centre, different set up), Katie Nimmo of Home Energy Advice Centre, and the various community groups that also have concerns in this area.
Please read the following invitation from the Home Energy Advice Centre.

Many households in Lyttleton could struggle to stay warm this winter partly due to earthquake damage, but also as a consequence of the older housing stock in the area. The Home Energy Advice Centre (www.energyadvice.org.nz) is dedicated to helping people to learn about, and make good decisions about making their homes warm, comfortable and energy efficient. We like to walk our talk too, so we're coming to Lyttleton offering two services for local residents - a drop-in Home Energy Clinic, or a Barefoot Home Energy Check.

Home Energy Advice Clinic
A Home Energy Advice Clinic provides an opportunity to talk face to face with a knowledgeable, friendly expert about any questions or concerns you have about home energy. HEAC advisors can assist householders on a wide range of topics. These include making good choices about heating appliances appropriate for their needs, which may be something a lot of people have to think about at the moment. We can also hlep to identify causes of high energy costs and ways to reduce them, and choose the most suitable electricity retailer. We recognise that many clients cannot afford to spend a lot of money on heating and/or insulation, or rent their homes. To enable us to provide advice specific to your circumstances bring 1) your most recent electricity bill, plus 2) a rough drawing of the layout of your house, including the size of the rooms you need to heat. To book a one-to-one consultation during a clinic, call 0800 388 588. It is important to book so we can make sure we have enough ad!
visors on hand on the night
When: Wednesday 7pm-9pm.

Where: The Portal, 54a Oxford St. (If you cannot access The Portal due to disability issues, please call the HEAC and we will arrange a time to contact you)

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South Korea learns from Lyttelton

Marg Korea

When time bank organisers in South Korea heard of a conference being organised to talk about empowering communities in the wake of disaster they suggested Margaret Jefferies be invited to speak on the experiences with disaster in Lyttelton/Christchurch.

The host of the forum was looking for a case where victims actively participated as agents of social reconstruction and healing.
Margaret travelled with Project Lyttelton board member Anne Mackay in November to attend the conference and visit time banks in South Korea.

The conference was hosted by the 4.16 Foundation, and it addressed “Contemplating Victims Rights in a Risk Society”

“The 4.16 Foundation has formed around the Seawol,” Margaret said.

“They wanted to look at “How can we prevent disasters, how can we manage them better?’,” she said.

Many in the audience were families of the children killed in the 2014 Sewol tragedy and were new to the concept and practice of time banking.
The first day was visits to the memorial sites, the second day was the presentations and the third day was questions and answers.
The overloaded South Korean ferry MV Seawol capsized on April 16, 2014 with 476 passengers on board. Three hundred and four people died including 250 children who were out on a school trip.
Many families of victims still feel angry at the inadequate response and lack of accountability on all levels.
Margaret presented a talk, ‘Recent disasters in New Zealand and how we are coping in a humane way’, on the role the Time Bank played in the aftermath of the earthquakes. She also spoke on her work with the Christchurch Muslim community about moving forward together in an empowered way after the March 15 terrorist attack. Read Margaret’s talk here
Margaret said the the people were beautiful and the memorials were very moving.
“There were people from other disasters there too. It sounds heavy but it wasn’t really. It was about seeing patterns and overcoming them,” Margaret said.
Margaret welcomed the interest shown in time banking at the conference.
“It was really good having Anne there too with her legal background, particularly with questions around some of the legal aspects of the disasters,” Margaret said.
The rest of the trip was meeting with people from time banks in Seoul and Gumi.
The time banks in South Korea have been set up to work with specific communities.
In Seoul the church based time bank focuses a lot of its efforts around people with special needs, the church community has also pooled money to buy a house for youth accommodation.
“It’s very practical, big stuff really,” Margaret said.
The time bank in Gumi is associated with a senior club. It’s very active with around 1800 members.
“A scheme in South Korea sees seniors paid for up to 15 hours a month if they want to continue work, and if they do more they can do it through the time bank,” Margaret said.
“It’s really interesting seeing different time banks using the same tools different ways.”