The people behind the Timebank

Timebank Coordinators

Chris Carey-Smith

Chris enjoys his second family with a new partner and the cutest of babies, Sofia. He lives in Aro Valley and likes cycling with or without Sofia. he does a bit of DIY and cooking, venturing into the world of plant based cuisine .

Chris coordinates Wellington Timebank and is excited by the potential it has to connect our communities and to include and value everybody. He is at the top of the stairs, and is here Mondays and Fridays from 9am to 5pm

Maddie Stanley

Maddie is originally from the UK and moved to Wellington from Nelson two years ago. Three wonderful things that have happened since the move have been having a baby, getting married and becoming a member of the Wellington Timebank! She comes from a youth work background and over the past ten years has worked in adolescent mental health, outdoor education, environmental project work and youth action for social change. In her spare time she loves going bush walking and swimming in rivers and the sea (although Nelson was wonderfully warmer than Wellington). She is passionate about natural health and, since becoming a mother, natural birth. A creative cook and foodie, she particularly loves pouring the cream from the top of the raw organic milk. Maddie has mostly offered foodie trades on Timebank, including hosting a number of Sunday brunches in her home. Her top trade so far however has been borrowing a sewing machine that she used to make her own wedding dress. She's super excited to be joining the Timebank team and will be around mostly on Fridays.

Steering Committee

Hannah McKintosh

Hannah is a community organiser, story-teller and recycling enthusiast. She enjoys being part of projects that challenge people to see the world through a slightly different lens and act in a more compassionate way towards others. She once coordinated the timebank in its fledgling days and wrangled her way back into the Steering Committee team after a brief stint overseas.

Eryn Gribble

Eryn is the slightly scruffy punk of the Newtown Community Centre – a people person and passionate advocate. She’s got “mad Aroha” for inclusion, art, community, music, conversation and laughter. As an artist she loves to make stuff, as NCCC coordinator she loves to make stuff happen! She's been digging the timebank as an active member for 4 years and is currently helping Chris out one day a week in the office - she welcomes visitors to the Timebank office on Wednesdays!

Sonya Cameron

Sonya became interested in Timebanking after hearing a radio programme about the Lyttelton Timebank, so was excited when a Timebank was proposed for Wellington South. She has been involved in the Steering Committee from the beginning and thinks that Timebanking is the answer to the world's problems! She works for the New Zealand Aid Programme, and also has a small hobby business making jewellery.

Lainey Cowan

After studying economics for a minute I became convinced there must be something better and looked for alternatives to mainstream. I joined the Timebank Steering Committee as I retired and am excited at its potential for those of us becoming more time rich and concerned with local community capacity building. Yahoo!

Margaret Crisp

Margaret lives in Island Bay. Her smiling face is always welcoming new people and greeting old friends in the neighbourhood. Margaret works at the Wellington South Baptist Church, is a mum, a gardener, and a steady shoulder to lean on. She makes the soup that is vital to our decision making at monthly steering committee meetings.

Anna Porter

Anna has been part of the Timebank Steering Group since it initially came together In February 2011. When she’s not Timebanking, she’ll either be working at the Newtown Community Centre as coordinator (which means chatting with the Newtown regulars in-between sips of coffee and bites of chocolatey treats), playing netball or bidding on Trademe. She’s looking forward to meeting more of her local community through the Timebank, and getting all her hems finally sewn up.

Renee Rushton

Renee has completed a Masters in Development Studies focusing on community economies. Through her research she engaged with groups in Bolivia encouraging them to think critically about what they wanted their economy to look like. She is now really enjoying thinking about the economy she wants to live in - and taking action to work towards it. The Timebank promotes equality and inclusiveness. Everyone has skills to contribute and all skills are valued equally. She was one of the Timebank’s first members and is an enthusiastic trader.

Gradon Diprose

Gradon got interested in community economies (like timebanking) in 2011 when he was doing postgraduate study. He ended up working with the Wellington Timebank and it became one of the key case studies in his PhD. He joined the steering committee in 2015. He really appreciates the underlying ethos of timebanking that everyone's labour is valued equally. When he's not involved in timebanking, he teaches sociology at the Open Polytechnic and sings in a community choir.

Rebecca Gouldhurst

Rebecca Gouldhurst believes that the world would be a better place if there was a lot less focus on money and more energy spent nourishing nature and our communities. She earns her crust as a Wellbeing Educator – which is a cross between Naturopathy and Counselling. Rebecca enjoys pottering in the garden, experimenting in the kitchen and to keep active she's an avid “5 rhythms” dancer. Even machines need TLC and a wee bit of elbow grease and oiling – so Rebecca found her way onto the steering committee to help the team keep those cogs turning!