More giv­ing than tak­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Koha is the gift that keeps on giv­ing, ac­cord­ing to two women who have started a free goods ex­change in Wai­tan­girua.

Paula MacEwan and Jas­mine Taankink started the Porirua Koha Shed on Face­book in Au­gust, and within a fort­night had enough re­sponse to open a real shed where peo­ple can give and take freely ac­cord­ing to need.

‘‘ It’s just very quickly grown into a big­ger thing,’’ Ms MacEwan says.

Beds, TVs, pi­anos, clothes, books and toys can all be found at the shed. There is no limit on how much peo­ple can take, but there is just as much flow­ing in as out, Ms MacEwan says.

‘‘There’s a hu­man ef­fect – when some­one takes a box of stuff, they feel ob­li­gated to bring back seven.

‘‘It’s a beau­ti­ful thing, the act of giv­ing.’’

The pair ac­cept any rea­sons for peo­ple vis­it­ing the shed – even if they on-sell what they take.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter where it goes, as long as it’s help­ing some­one,’’ Ms MacEwan says.

The ca­sual na­ture of the shed will ap­peal to peo­ple in need, Ms Taankink says.

‘‘ That’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween this and some other help­ful agen­cies – there’s no forms and no rules about how much you can have. If some­one has a new­born baby and they want to take all the new­born baby clothes, that’s OK.’’

Ms Taankink says the shed is all about the community shar­ing re­sources and sav­ing per­fectly good pos­ses­sions from the tip.

Give and take: Porirua Koha Shed man­agers Paula MacEwan and Jas­mine Taankink say more is given to the goods ex­change than is taken away by those in need.

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