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Lyttelton, portal to Canterbury’s historic past, a vibrant sustainable community creating a living future

Lyttelton Harbour Timebank

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WHAT IS TIMEBANKING?

TIMEBANKING is a way of trading skills in a community.

INSTEAD OF DOLLARS, time credits are used as payment. You earn time credits for the work you do, and then use them to 'buy' another member's time to get the services you need.

EVERYONE'S TIME IS EQUAL. No matter what type of work is done, one hour always equals one time credit. 1 = 1. Every person is equally valued.

WHAT SKILLS CAN I OFFER?

Everyone has skills to offer. Things that 
we are good at, things we enjoy. Sometimes people feel they have no spare time. But if we do things we like, and get another member to do the things we don’t enjoy so much, everyone benefits! Some offers and requests on the TimeBank are: cooking, sewing, gardening, child minding, transport, wood stacking, computer help, music 
lessons, storytelling, and companionship, 
to name but a few. Get creative!

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A BIT OF HISTORY

Timebanking originated in the USA in 
the 1980s from the work of Edgar S Cahn. 
Since then it has spread worldwide. 
Project Lyttelton set up New Zealand’s first TimeBank in 2005. Timebanking continues to grow with TimeBanks popping up all 
over New Zealand.  

BENEFITS OF TIMEBANKING

Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank is set up to strengthen our community in Lyttelton and around the Harbour. We want neighbours to meet each other, feel confident helping each other and to grow in awareness that we are a community growing strong together.

IT'S FREE TO JOIN, SIGN ME UP!

Click on the “Join the TimeBank” link under the TimeBank logo on this page, to sign up. If you don’t usually use a computer, then phone us on 
03 328 9093  or visit us at the Lyttelton Info Centre. After an orientation, and 2 character references, you will be up and running.  

How to Build a TimeBank

This booklet, How to Build a TimeBank, is a guide drawn together from our experience at Lyttelton TimeBank. It is not a definitive ‘how-to’ guide as every community is unique, but we want to share what we have gathered along the way, to hopefully make your path easier. Keep things simple, stay attached to the spark that inspired you and drew you towards Timebanking, and don’t forget to get trading!

  • Timebank frequently asked questions

    Time Banking is a type of complementary currency. Local community trading and bartering systems help to create empowerment and resilience in communities by enabling local trading of goods and services without relying on the national money system.

     

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TimeBank Media

Watch Lucie Ozanne's recent TED talk. Read about TimeBanks on stuff, the Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank in the Guardian. You can also see a recent interview with TimeBank co-ordinator Wendy Everingham on Star Live.