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Community garden film series

Monday evenings 22 August - 19 September

The Lyttelton community garden are running a series of film nights - come along and be inspired by a range of interesting films on topics from dirt to bees! Entry is for gold coin donation.

Lyttelton Community Garden, The Portal, 54a Oxford St, Lyttelton

(up driveway between playground and Pool)

6pm: shared dinner for those who wish.

7pm : film screening.

Click the read more to find out what movies are being shown...


Monday 22nd August
DIRT! THE MOVIE (80 minutes duration)
A film which is a call to action.: This film tells you the story of the Earth's
most valuable & under­appreciated source of fertility & takes you inside the
wonders of soil. "When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything
changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt & humans has
been intimately linked."

Monday 29th August
VANDANA SHIVA: The Future of Food & Seed (60 minutes duration)
World­renowned scientist, feminist, ecologist & author presenting the
keynote address at Organicology in Portland, Oregon in 2009.

Monday 5 September
THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS(65 minutes duration)
The approaching energy crisis will force a revolution in farming practices & will
affect what we eat, where it comes from & even whether there will be enough
to keep us fed. Follow Rebecca Hosking as she goes about changing her family
farm to be fit for the future.

Monday 12th September
THE VANISHING OF THE BEES (90 minutes duration)
Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally
vanishing from their hives. Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia & Asia,
this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees & the
greater meaning it holds about the relationship between humanity and mother
earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alterna­
tive reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound & after years of
research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

Monday 19th September
BACKYARD HIVE (1 hour, 25 minutes)
Become a bee guardian. This evening is especially for those people who are
interested in alternative beekeeping using the Top Bar hive in your backyard
or in your community garden.
Everyone welcome.

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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.”