E-Mail Lists are Available for Ashhurst and Pohangina Community Groups

Do you help organise a community group in Ashhurst or the Pohangina Valley? Do you want an electronic mailing tool that:

  • makes it easy for everyone in your group to share news and information with each other,
  • makes it easy to manage email addresses,
  • allows mailing list members to choose how often to receive messages and manage this themselves, and
  • sends messages direct to people's email in-boxes?

If so, you may find RECAP's mailing lists useful to you. We're willing to talk to you to help you decide, and we're also able to provide free training in the digital literacy skills needed to make good use of the lists. If you already know how to use email, using a mailing list won't be very difficult once you see an example or two, and RECAP are very happy to help you learn. Our aim is to increase local connectivity so that we can make a contribution to a strong village and valley community. Community-wide lists currently available Click here to go directly to mailing lists that are open for public subscription. More information on new mailing lists for Ashhurst and Pohangina Valley community groups For a new list, there is a one-time set-up fee of $25, which is the direct cost to RECAP for contracting IT support. Ongoing hosting is provided thanks to Lotteries Community Grants. RECAP is committed to maintaining free hosting for the next few years at least. To request a list, contact info@recap.org.nz. Please allow a few days for a reply due to the very part-time nature of this role. Frequently Asked Questions Q: What is a mailing list, and how can it be set up? The "Mailman" tool that RECAP has adopted allows people to send an email message to a single email address, such as "garden@lists.recap.org.nz," and the message will go to everyone who is subscribed to that list. These mailing lists can be set up in different ways. For example, you can set up a mailing list so that only the "owners" or list administrators may send messages, with all others as the recipients. You can set up a mailing list so that everyone can send to everyone, which helps create online discussion. Or you can set up a list so that anyone can send a message, but list administrators "moderate" messages, which means they get to see messages first and decide whether to send them forward to others. Additionally, lists can be set up either so that list administrators need to approve subscriptions to the list, or so that anyone can sign up directly. Anyone can unsubscribe at any time. Lists can also be advertised at the link below, or kept more private. There are other options to fine-tune the system. Go to the mailing list tool. Q: Why might my group want to use a mailing list? An email list is useful for some, but not for all types of communication. Here are things it can be good for:

  • Allowing fluidity in group membership. It's possible to set up email lists so that people can subscribe and unsubscribe without requiring any sort of administrative overheads.
  • Supporting the management of email-based groups. Many of us use formal or informal email “distribution lists” where we send a certain type of message to a large group of email addresses on a regular basis. It's not unusual for several members of a group to develop slightly different distribution lists when someone joins or leave the group—all it takes is one miscommunication and someone gets left out or similar. With an email list, any changes to the email addresses are shared automatically.
  • Email-based information-sharing and community-building. Before Facebook and other types of social media, email lists were one major way that people shared news within communities of interest.
  • Planning and communicating in inclusive ways. An unmoderated list can function like a group of people sitting around the table. Everyone can speak up.
  • Disseminating news to large numbers of people. A moderated list can function kind of like a mailer, allowing the easy distribution of news to large numbers of people, with the potential for that news to flow in from many sources.

Go to the mailing list tool. To request a list, contact RECAP's Resilience Coordinator, info@recap.org.nz.