Membership Update, Workshops & Financial Assistance

In this month's newsletter:

Membership Update

Well, we’re almost there! As of writing this the thermometer reads $44,430 of the required $50,000 which is needed to purchase the Lyttel Piko business and begin trading as the Harbour Co-op. It’s hard to believe that it was less than four months ago that a group of keen and compassionate souls embarked on the task of saving the shop and securing it for our customers. Little did we know what we were in for, but we did know that we needed to retain this little ‘haven’- as I overheard a customer describe it today – in the heart of our little town. And so, even with weekly three hour meetings and countless hours in-between, a core group has remained dedicated to the immense undertaking of creating a legitimate, multi-stakeholder co-operative with minimal outside guidance. That’s not to say we haven’t been graciously helped along the way. Many individuals have offered their time and talents, giving what they could when we needed it. A huge ‘thank-you’ must go out to all of those who contributed.

News of the Co-op has traveled fast and we have been fortunate enough to have received some wonderful coverage in the media. Daily, we in the shop are asked questions about the Co-op – at first mainly by our regular customers, but now by new faces who are wanting to find out more. The shop has been increasingly busy with people curious about what is going on at our store and in our community. There definitely is a buzz in Lyttelton these days and we at the shop and in the Co-op are excited to be a part of it.

Financial Assistance - Support from The Sisters of Mercy and Project Lyttelton

A donation of $6000 was made last year by the Sisters of Mercy to Project Lyttelton to help with the community’s earthquake recovery. It has recently been decided that this money will be used as a bridging loan for people who are keen to join the Co-op, but do not currently have the financial means. The process is simple and fairly anonymous. Loans can be paid back over the course of a year without interest. For more information, email: office@lyttelton.net.nz or ring 328-9243

Workshops Begin!!!

Although we may not be trading yet, it doesn’t mean that there are no benefits of membership. Starting on Wednesday, May 16th from 4-5pm, the Co-op will be hosting weekly workshops aimed to educate and empower our members to feed and heal their own bodies. Alternate times will be available in the future to suit different schedules.

Pantry Basics

Giulio Sturla of Tommy Chang’s Café will be a key presenter – focusing on making the ‘basic pantry’ items that get consumed daily – bread, pasta, tomato sauce, yoghurt… practical skills for every kitchen. For those of you not familiar with Giulio – he is a culinary master who honed his craft at some of the top restaurants in the world and has now brought his passion for locally produced, no-corners-cut, honest food made with love to London Street, adjacent to the Lyttelton Petanque Club. He and his partner, Christy Martin, also host a private supper club called Roots. Book quickly before everyone hears about how amazing these multi-course meals are.

For more about Giulio, visit his blog: http://giuliosturla.wordpress.com/

Herbs and Health

The shop’s own Bek Lynch, clinical herbalist, brings fun and informative sessions exploring the uses of common herbs found in your garden. Be prepared to acquire some knowledge and tools that can provide easily accessible treatments for you and your family’s health needs. Each hour long class will also give you the chance to roll up your sleeves and make something to take home.

Workshop Schedule

Monthly schedules will be available at the shop and on-line. Limited spaces are available (up to 12) - reservations are made at the shop, with members paying only $5 per session (koha is encouraged) as opposed to $20 for non-members. Extra costs may apply for materials.

Topic When Where Cost
Breadmaking Wednesday 16th May, 4-5pm Tommy Changs $5 for members, $20 for non-members
Rosemary Wednesday 23rd May, 7-8pm   $5 for members, $20 for non-members

If you have a request for a workshop topic or would like to be a presenter – please don’t hesitate to flick us an email: info@harbour.co.nz.

Membership Launch Competitions

As part of our membership launch, we ran two competitions, which have now both closed.

Logo Competition

Many thanks to the 11 individuals who entered the Logo Design Competition – some of whom submitted multiple, highly original designs. The Board has narrowed the field down to 6 entries and will be consulting and weighing up the results in the days to come. The winner will receive a $100 hamper from the shop.

Colouring Competition

The winner of the Launch Week Colouring Competition was 4 year-old Suki Kang. Congratulations Suki!!! Her great work can be seen on the website.

Volunteering - a great way to help the shop

If you’re looking for a way to be more involved in the shop and help the future Harbour Co-op, than you might want to consider volunteering for a couple of hours a week packing down bulk goods into retail sized packs for sale in the shop (bags of flour, dried fruit, etc.). We are aiming to have a weekly roster to cover our packing needs. It will be a great way for people to pitch in to help the shop and can actually be a bit of fun. Consider inviting a friend for a weekly catch-up over cups of tea and sacks of flour. Packing is always better with company. For more information, please enquire at the shop. Please note that you can expect standing and moderate lifting as part of the role.

We will also be exploring other ways in which people can volunteer to help the Co-op. If you are keen and have some particular interests or skills, please don’t hesitate to have a word with us at the shop or email: info@harbourcoop.co.nz.

What else can I do to help?

As we are approaching the home stretch, the most important thing that you can do is become a member, or if you already are – tell a friend or neighbour about the Co-op and why you think it’s important for them to support it. Word of mouth is always the best advertising and it would be great if everyone was talking about it.

Thanks again for your continued support – we quite literally cannot do this without all of you. We are extremely fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community!