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    Thanks Kai

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    Super pics, especially the Rotorua ones, and very interesting facts too, Val. Thank you.

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    Rotorua – Hobbiton Village

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    Hobbiton Village

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    More Notable Men & Women of NZ

    The 19th century Ngati Haua chief Wiremu Tamihana Tarapippi Te Waharoa had a VISION OF MAORI DESTINY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PAKEHA.
    Greatness does not come from ability alone. It requires vision and, even more than that, achievement of substantial and lasting significance. Courage, too, is an important element of greatness which never shines more brightly than when faced with adversity.
    The 19th century Ngati Haua chief Wiremu Tamihana Tarapippi Te Waharoa measured up to all of these standards.

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    Edmund Hillary
    ULTIMATE FIGURE OF A NATION’S PRIDE

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    Kate Sheppard
    GUIDING LIGHT TOWARDS CIVIC FREEDOM FOR WOMEN
    There were five attempts between 1878 and 1892 to pass laws granting New Zealand women the right to vote, before a sixth succeeded in 1893.
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    Great pics and info here Val. One of our inlaws Mum,

    was in the Kate Sheppard retirement village in ChCh then evacuated after the EQ.

    Was that named after her? Just a name that stays in your mind..

    Cheers From Kai

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    Hi Kai, I’m not entirely sure if the retirement home was named after her but I would hazard a guess that it was.
    What a courageous woman she was – back in that era it would have been so difficult for a woman to dare to speak out like that but, she did it – she took all the humiliation and she got us the vote.
    Now we are STILL fighting for equality.  Surely it should be equal pay for equal work.
    Years ago I was a senior supervisor for a company I worked for and was responsible for approx. 30/40 employees. The company asked me to train an apprentice lad, which I did. Part of my duties included preparing the wages for all the staff and that apprentice boy took home more money each week than I did, even though I was on a higher rate than the other female employees as well as receiving a supervisors bonus – because he was male the basic rate was that much higher than the women’s rate.
    I wish someone would tell me the reason why, in this day and age, woman are perceived as being of lesser value than men even if they are doing the same job!!!
    Ok – I’ll get off my soapbox now and smack my own hand – as I stipulated at the start no contentious issues 😳

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    Lyttelton – Time Bank

    In Lyttleton, New Zealand, an unusual currency has been circulating for the past decade, and now it’s gaining attention on a global scale. In the small port town, residents contribute hours to a ‘time bank’ from which others can make withdrawals, effectively allowing community members to trade the skills they possess in exchange for services they need. In a community where time literally is money, local residents have discovered a new kind of wealth.

    A time bank is a unique system that places equivalent values on the time of all residents, regardless of occupation. That is to say that one hour of an attorney’s time is worth the same as one hour of childcare services. For every hour of time contributed to the bank, each member earns one credit, to be exchanged for an hour of someone else’s time. When you’re accustomed to attaching dollar amounts to all kinds of services, from house painting to transportation, it can be a little daunting to wrap your mind around the concept of a time bank. That is, until you learn more about how well it works, and you can see all the rhyme and reason at play.

    Lyttleton’s time bank, the first in New Zealand, began in 2005 as a complementary currency system intended to build social ties among community members. In 2010, the area was hit by the first in a string of massive earthquakes that destroyed homes and businesses, disrupted utility services, and damaged hospitals and nature reserves. At that time, the time bank had 30,000 traded hours in total and an average of 400 hours were being traded each month. In the weeks following the earthquake, the number of traded hours more than doubled.

    During the earthquake recovery period, the time bank became an essential function in the community and a way to provide the kind of support people truly needed at that time. The bank became a throughway for information and resources of all kinds. In addition to getting “jobs” done, like home repairs, the time bank fostered a sense of cooperation in the community and led to partnerships with other organizations to harness even more resources to respond to residents’ needs. Basically, the time bank has made people care more about others and feel more willing to help one another.
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