Timebanking is a way to exchange services for timecredits rather than money. Everyone’s time is valued equally, and one hour of work equals one timecredit.

Timebanking started in Kaitāia in 2009 after Rebecca Ranum and John Kenderdine from Transition Towns Kaitāia attended a Living Economies seminar and came home inspired. In 2019 Kaitāia TimeBank merged with the smaller Whangaroa and Far North Timebanks to create Tai Tokerau Timebank.

With over 190 members stretching from Waipapakauri to Waipu we couldn’t manage to operate without the funding for our part-time membership support coordination team. We have Paula Walker in Te Hiku, Charlotte Boss in Bay of Islands-Whangaroa, and Di Maxwell in Kaikohe-Hokianga. Anna Dunford is the regional coordinator keeping the team of volunteers (working for timecredits!) and paid staff in touch with each other and the rest of the timebank.

Tai Tokerau Timebank holds regular social events to enable timebankers to get to know each other and coordinates working bees to tackle larger tasks, plus workshops that you can attend for time credits. You can read more about our activities in our blog posts and through our Facebook page.

Paula and Anna work out of the EcoCentre. They are usually both in on a Thursday afternoon 1-4pm, Anna is also in Mondays and Fridays 1-4pm. At other times our EcoCentre volunteers are all members of timebank, and earn timecredits helping out with staffing, so they can usually answer basic queries and will be happy to take a message if they can’t answer your question themselves!

We’re very grateful to the Lottery Grants Board, LW Nelson Trust and Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board for the funding that enables us to have a paid coordination team.