During the current uncertain times it is even more important than ever that we help build community resilience and find ways to support each other. Timebanking is an excellent tool for this as it reaches out across social, cultural and geographical boundaries.
Timebanking is a way to trade knowledge, skills and services within a community, without exchanging money. For every hour you spend doing something for someone else, instead of dollars, you earn time credits. You can use these credits 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 equals one time credit. Every person is valued equally.
Our mission is to enable a means of exchange that values sharing the gifts we have we others, strengthening a sense of community and inspiring respect for each other and our environment.
Mid 2019 Kaitāia TimeBank enveloped Whangaroa Timebank and Far North Timebank to create Tai Tokerau Timebank which covers the whole rohe from the Cape to around Whāngārei. Our membership is rapidly growing both geographically and numerically.
We have paid part time coordinators based in each of the three wards of Far North District Council: Paula Walker in Te Hiku, Charlotte Boss in Bay of Islands-Whangaroa, Graeme Kettle in Kaikohe-Hokianga; plus Greer Rasmussen who looks after those in the Whāngārei area. Anna Dunford, based in Te Hiku, is the regional coordinator.
Photo: standing - Charlotte & Paula; seated - Greer, Graeme & Anna