Let Wellington City Council know that Wellington Timebank is important to you!

We invite you to send a postcard to Wellington City Council Councillors, in support of Wellington Timebank. Wellington Timebank has been funded by Wellington City Council for 11 years, and next year it looks as though our funding will be cut.

We believe Wellington Timebank is an integral part of the wider community, and so we would like you to help us make our voice heard! We are asking our Timebank members to help us bring the importance of Timebank to the attention of councillors, especially in the lead up to the October 2022 elections.


If you would like to make your voice heard about how important Wellington Timebank is to you, please download a postcard and edit it to add your message. You can send this to councillors at Wellington City Council at councillors@wcc.govt.nz, or print it off and drop it in to the Wellington Timebank office at 2a Green Street (Newtown Community Centre) or the city council offices on the terrace, or alternatively get a stamp and send it! We also have hard copies at the Timebank office if you would like to pop in.


We really appreciate your support! Click here to download the postcard now!

Wellington Timebank Software Project

Administration Systems Toolkit Research Project

During the second half of 2021 Wellington Timebank Software Working Group with support of the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, recieved a grant from COGS to fund a research project which was tasked with developing a toolkit for Timebank coordinators and administrators. The broad purpose of the research was to document our collective experience and to use the findings to provide administrators with this toolkit.

We have added links to the most useful documents generated by the project in a single page which you may want to bookmark.

After talking with numerous timebank staff and coordinators, we want to share with you what we found to be the best tools, tech, and processes you can use to help your timebank flourish (and share it onwards!).

We would like to say a big thank you to all the people who were involved in this project, including Aotearoa Timebanks, Malcolm Fitzgerald and John Gieryn who were employed to undertake the project, and those who have taken the time to utilize the findings to continue to develop software for Timebanking in Aotearoa and globally.

We look forward to seeing what will stem from this project in the future!

Find the Timebank Toolkit on Github HERE.

Wellington Timebank Covid-19 Traffic Light System Policy: December 2021

Wellington Timebank Covid-19 Traffic Light System Covid-19 Policy: December 2021

On December 3rd 2021, Aotearoa moved to the COVID Protection Framework (otherwise known as the traffic light system) as the next step towards keeping people protected in our communities against COVID-19. Read more about this framework here.

This means that there will be some new aspects to Timebanking that we can take into account as we organise trades with our fellow Timebankers. 

Wellington Timebank Offices and Events

Wellington Timebank offices and organised events will require “My Vaccine Pass” to enter, aligning with the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre policy. From Friday 3rd December 2021, anyone aged over 12 years and 3 months entering any Newtown Community & Cultural Centre venues and events must show a valid Vaccine Pass. See information on getting My Vaccine Pass here

Requiring Vaccine Passes at the Timebank office and organised events allows us the freedom to:

  • Increase safety in our community
  • Allow events to go ahead without any COVID imposed limits on numbers
  • People can access tea, coffee and kai at our events 


We still require people at our offices and events to:

  • Scan in using the COVID Tracer app or use an alternatively provided sign-in process -  the COVID Vaccine Pass is not a substitute for contact tracing
  • Wash hands regularly and use hand sanitizer
  • Stay home if you are unwell and call your doctor or Healthline.


Face coverings/Masks:

  • NCCC (where the Wellington Timebank office is located) is a public facility – this means when we are in Red, Orange and Green, you are required to wear a face covering/mask when visiting the office.
  • At events we encourage you to wear a face covering/mask as often as you can – we have spare masks available for our visitors.

Signing up to Wellington Timebank in the Traffic Light System

We want all community members to be able to access Timebanking, whether you are vaccinated or not, hence the option for online sign-up for those community members who have not been vaccinated. You can sign up online as normal by clicking this link. Just let us know when we email you that you would like to organise an online sign up session and you can complete the orientation and sign up forms online. 

COVID Code of Conduct: How to best timebank in the Traffic Light System 

Depending what colour (red, orange or green) our area is in, we might decide to Timebank a little differently, and most of the time this will depend on personal boundaries and preferences. At all levels we ask that you record your trade as soon as you have completed it, for COVID tracking purposes.  

At all levels, we ask that Timebankers check in with their fellow Timebankers on what their boundaries are regarding trading. It is up to you personally to decide if you are happy to trade with or without vaccine passes and use of masks. However, we do encourage that you take safety precautions (especially at orange and red) such as washing and sanitising your hands regularly, using a mask, 1m social distancing and staying home if you are feeling unwell. 

Timebank members can make a note on their Community Weaver profile page or when posting an offer or request regarding their personal preferences e.g. “Looking to learn weaving from someone, happy to meet in person, I feel comfortable with vaccinated or non vaccinated trades'' or “ would prefer to trade with someone who has been vaccinated.” This is not necessary, but may make the process a little quicker when organising a trade. If you prefer to leave this out when requesting trades, please check in with your fellow timebanker regarding their boundaries before making a trade.

If you are organising a group trade, be clear when organising to state your personal expectations of Timebankers who wish to attend - and you must operate within the legal framework of the traffic light system.

Group trades organised by Wellington Timebank will require vaccine passes.

Most importantly we ask that all Timebankers be kind and compassionate with other members, and understand and accept others' boundaries. Take into account the following Wellington Timebank Code of Conduct expectations:

  • I agree to respect other members’ viewpoints and not pressure another participant to accept my religious beliefs or political views
  • I agree to always treat fellow participants with compassion and respect
  • I agree that members should not put their safety or the safety of others at risk by their actions during trading
  • I agree to respect all other members’ privacy and/or confidentiality

If you have any issues, concerns or conflicts while trading please get in touch with the Timebank coordinator, who will facilitate and resolve any issues with members. 

This policy will be reviewed regularly, based around government guidance and will be amended according to whether we are in Red, Orange or Green.



Please get in touch if you have any questions - info@wellingtontimebank.org.nz or call 04-920 6708

Alert Level 2 Guideline Reminder!

We are moving back into Alert Level 2 again and we want to encourage safe Timebanking. Here's a reminder of our guidelines to enable members to do this safely: 

Do not Timebank if….

  • If you are feeling ill, please don’t Timebank (this is good advice, COVID or not). If you have any cold or flu like symptoms then stay at home, call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or your GP for advice. Please don’t just turn up at your doctors office. 

  • If you have recently returned from overseas remember to isolate for 14 days before you make any face to face trades. You can still get support through Timebanking, following the protocols at level 3 and 4:

    • Trades can be made online or through delivery if essential, keeping a social distance of at least 2 metres. Stick to the key advice of washing hands thoroughly before and after a trade, and wiping down any surfaces that may have been touched. e.g. If someone is delivering supermarket shopping, then wipe surfaces with sanitiser, use gloves or wash hands before and after touching the object/material. 

If you are Timebanking (yay!)……

  • Contact Tracing: For the Timebank, contact tracing will be completed by logging trades through Community Weaver. We require all members to log their trades immediately after the trade has been completed (preferably before the trade has been completed, if possible). Prior to carrying out the trade, those involved should decide who will log the trade. It is a legal requirement that contract tracing takes place, so we are relying on you, our members, to ensure this happens. If you are having difficulties logging your trade through Community Weaver, please contact the coordinator.

  • Maintain physical distancing of 1m when possible.

  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Use soap. Wash for 20 seconds. Then dry thoroughly. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.

  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.

  • Be aware of vulnerable members and take extra precautions to trade safely.

  • If there is food involved, please prepare carefully and serve individually, taking hygiene precautions.

  • Be kind! Share resources safely and look after our community! 

Interested in holding a Timebank class or workshop?

  • Awesome! Thank you! Make sure you talk through your ideas with your local Timebank coordinator to ensure you are following health/safety protocol- they’ll be able to support and guide you with this so your event falls within government guidelines and keeps everyone safe.

  • Contact Tracing: Ensure you have everyone’s details for contact-tracing purposes, and that participants know they need to report if they later become unwell. You can create a google form for your workshop - talk with your coordinator about organising this.

  • Social Distancing: Ensure participants can maintain 1m distance between each other at all times throughout the workshop if possible. 

  • Limit of 10 people: All classes / workshops should have a maximum of 10 people. 

  • Hand Washing: Ensure participants wash or sanitise their hands regularly. Provide hand sanitiser or hand washing facilities. Remind participants to wash their hands for 20 seconds, with soap and then dry thoroughly. 

  • Cleaning Surfaces: Sanitize surfaces regularly. Keep good hygiene around using tools or implements, and wiping surfaces, etc. 

  • Make sure you adhere to the guidelines/rules of the venue this workshop is taking place in. 

  • Under Level 2, consider continuing to do workshops online if possible. If your workshop/class must be in person, consider inviting people to bring their own tools, food and drink if possible/appropriate. 

  • If food preparation is involved in the class/workshop, please make sure that it is prepared carefully and served individually, for example, not from a buffet type setting. 

Examples of how to Timebank safely while following the above guidelines


  • Resource sharing, such as dropping off Jigsaws you have completed or craft supplies to other members.

  • Visiting someone that is a bit isolated and has been having a tough time on their own.

  • Dropping off seeds to a member to grow their new winter garden!

  • Teaching someone how to make compost

  • A gardening bee with a couple of Timebank Members

Timebanking at Alert Level 2!

Timebanking at Level 2

Moving into Alert Level 2 we want to encourage safe Timebanking as we begin to leave our bubbles. Here are our guidelines to enable members to do this safely: 

Do not Timebank if….

  • If you are feeling ill, please don’t Timebank (this is good advice, COVID or not). If you have any cold or flu like symptoms then stay at home, call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or your GP for advice. Please don’t just turn up at your doctors office. 

  • If you have recently returned from overseas remember to isolate for 14 days before you make any face to face trades.! You can still get support through Timebanking, following the protocols at level 3 and 4:

    • Trades can be made online or through delivery if essential, keeping a social distance of at least 2 metres. Stick to the key advice of washing hands thoroughly before and after a trade, and wiping down any surfaces that may have been touched. e.g. If someone is delivering supermarket shopping, then wipe surfaces with sanitiser, use gloves or wash hands before and after touching the object/material. 

If you are Timebanking (yay!)……

  • Contact Tracing: For the Timebank, contact tracing will be completed by logging trades through Community Weaver. We require all members to log their trades immediately after the trade has been completed (preferably before the trade has been completed, if possible). Prior to carrying out the trade, those involved should decide who will log the trade. It is a legal requirement that contract tracing takes place, so we are relying on you, our members, to ensure this happens. If you are having difficulties logging your trade through Community Weaver, please contact the coordinator.

  • Maintain physical distancing of 1m when possible.

  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Use soap. Wash for 20 seconds. Then dry thoroughly. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.

  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.

  • Be aware of vulnerable members and take extra precautions to trade safely.

  • If there is food involved, please prepare carefully and serve individually, taking hygiene precautions.

  • Be kind! Share resources safely and look after our community! 

Interested in holding a Timebank class or workshop?

  • Awesome! Thank you! Make sure you talk through your ideas with your local Timebank coordinator to ensure you are following health/safety protocol- they’ll be able to support and guide you with this so your event falls within government guidelines and keeps everyone safe.

  • Contact Tracing: Ensure you have everyone’s details for contact-tracing purposes, and that participants know they need to report if they later become unwell. You can create a google form for your workshop - talk with your coordinator about organising this.

  • Social Distancing: Ensure participants can maintain 1m distance between each other at all times throughout the workshop if possible. 

  • Limit of 10 people: All classes / workshops should have a maximum of 10 people. 

  • Hand Washing: Ensure participants wash or sanitise their hands regularly. Provide hand sanitiser or hand washing facilities. Remind participants to wash their hands for 20 seconds, with soap and then dry thoroughly. 

  • Cleaning Surfaces: Sanitize surfaces regularly. Keep good hygiene around using tools or implements, and wiping surfaces, etc. 

  • Make sure you adhere to the guidelines/rules of the venue this workshop is taking place in. 

  • Under Level 2, consider continuing to do workshops online if possible. If your workshop/class must be in person, consider inviting people to bring their own tools, food and drink if possible/appropriate. 

  • If food preparation is involved in the class/workshop, please make sure that it is prepared carefully and served individually, for example, not from a buffet type setting. 

  • If you have identified as vulnerable or at risk to COVID-19 or you are providing support to someone who is vulnerable or at risk then please read the government guidelines specific to this group here. If you find that you, or somebody you know in the Timebank Community, could use a little extra help, get in touch so that we can provide some support!

Examples of how to Timebank safely while following the above guidelines

  • Resource sharing, such as dropping off Jigsaws you have completed or craft supplies to other members.

  • Visiting someone that is a bit isolated and has been having a tough time on their own.

  • Dropping off seeds to a member to grow their new winter garden!

  • Teaching someone how to make compost

  • A gardening bee with a couple of Timebank Members!

Wellington Timebank Finances

Wellington Timebank Finances

July 2018 - June 2019

General Notes:

  • Ideally we would like to have 32 hours paid coordinator time, per week. We are currently funded for 25 hours per week from our core funder Wellington City Council.

  • We often apply for smaller pots of funding to bring these coordinator hours up. We need to move away from being to “funding dependent” for a range of reasons, including :

    • It makes it hard to retain staff or for staff to have job security when so much of their hours are funding dependent.

    • We need to be a thriving sustainable organisation and being solely reliant on grants is risky.

    • Applying for smaller “top up” grants to slightly increase coordinator hours can be very admin-heavy and take a lot of time!

  • We are minimised by what we can spend grant money on, it needs to be for specific items and it can be challenging to find grants that allow for wages

  • In the budget, “In Kind” refers to support that Newtown Community Centre (NCCC) provides. This is in the budget to shows the true costs of the organisation, although Timebank currently is not required to pay these items.  If Timebank was based elsewhere it would have these costs as part of its operational costs. 

Summary for the Financial year (July 2018 - June 2019)




Expenses including in-kind




Net Profit/(Loss) 


Profit/(Loss) (Including write off from “in-kind support”)



Administration (ie: phone line, website)


Software Licence




Support Salary


ACC Levies




Total value of In Kind Support from NCCC 

(see below for breakdown)


Total Expense


Expense less “In Kind” support                                                                                        $38,073.43‬           

In Kind Support from NCCC (Expenses that are covered by NCCC)

Administration (Management, 2.5hrs p/w at $26.40 x 52)


Event Support/Resources




Rent per year





Time credits currently



Total In Kind Support from NCCC                                                                                          $7902           


WCC Grant Timebank 2018-19


COGS  Timebank (salary)


Nikau Grant Timebank


Timebanking - Membership


Timebank - Online Donations


Timebanking - Koha/Donation


Timebank Fundraiser General


Timebank - Gift Shop


Timebank - Workshops


Timebank - Interest


Total Income                                                                                                           $38,584.68                                                                                                                           

Specific notes above expenditure/income:

  • Figures are only showing as a profit due to having some time without a coordinator - so actual wages will show as higher in the next year.

  • Some items have not been tagged very specifically, they have been adequately recorded until now, however we are reviewing this so that we are able to refine budgets further as NCCC provides a lot of “in kind” support not recorded.

  • NCCC is getting renovated in 2020 (www.newtowncommunity.org.nz/ourtownnewtown). The Timebank will office will be closed for up to one year. Timebank/NCCC also will incur extra costs over this time, whilst the centre makes less profit.

Membership Fee Information 

As you know, the Community Weaver software used by the Wellington Timebank introduced fees in late 2017. The fees are calculated by membership size and as we have such a large and lively timebank, the software now costs us approximately NZ$2,500 per year. 

We sought your feedback about ways to meet this new financial challenge while still maintaining our kaupapa and affordability for members in early 2018. The most popular response was to make our current sign up fee an annual membership fee. We hope this  annual fee can contribute to the Timebank becoming more self-sustainable and less reliant on fundraising and grant based funding.

As always, you responded with sensitivity to the different socio-economic circumstances of Timebank members. Based on your feedback  and our own research we have developed the following model that we call “Pay what you can, or pay it forward”. We encourage you to pay what you can between $0 and $80, with $20 being our recommended standard fee. 

No one will be denied an opportunity to be part of our  Timebank community because they can’t afford the membership fee. Nor will special privileges be given to those who choose to contribute greater fees.

This was a trial/pilot - and we’ve been blown away by how ya’ll have responded! Thank you! 

Here’s a few stats/facts on what’s been going on this month regarding fees. We’ll be sure to make available a proper breakdown once the month has wrapped up: 

  • We had a total of 19 people request to leave the timebank. 2/3rd of this is because they had moved town/country and the rest is because they weren’t engaging for various reasons. We see this as a good opportunity to keep our membership current and active! 

  • As at writing, we’ve had a total of 124 members pay their fee, this doesn’t include those that already joined this year (they don’t have to pay until next year), those who are unable too, those that have forgotten - or those who didn’t get the memo! 

  • We have had some very generous people donate extra - including a one-off donation of $250! We had 5 timebankers pay $80 - what legends! <3 

  • So far (November 26th) a total of $3,390.2‬ has been raised in membership fees! 


Here’s a few answers to questions you might have

  • The timebank is about exchanging time credits, not money. Why should we have to pay to use it?

Community Weaver, the platform that we use to make offers and requests and record exchanges has started charging users of the platform. Community weaver charges start-up TimeBanks a launch fee and they receive CW3 hosting, maintenance and limited tech support for one year from the date of launch. After year one (Wellington Timebank is in Year 8), timebanks pay the regular fee twice a year (2018-2019 financial year this totalled $2,709.77) for the hosting, maintenance, security, and tech support that Community Weaver provide on an ongoing basis.

We are required to pay $2,500 a year to use the Community Weaver software. We have done a lot of research and this is the best option for us at this time. We are continually re-assessing our options, however we feel that Community Weaver meets the needs of Wellington Timebank, and for the moment we are happy to contribute to the running of this service through paying for it and we hope you are too!

  • It doesn’t seem fair that some people might pay and others won’t? 

We are a high-trust organisation. To implement mandatory fees would require administrative time and cost that is beyond our capacity as an organisation. This model has been developed with existing organisation capacity in mind. This will be a trial run of a proposed annual Love Our Timebank, Pay Your Fees! month and we welcome your feedback.

We also have people in our Timebank who may be in a difficult situation and perhaps do not have the funds to pay their fees hence the sliding scale and pay it forward option. We are hoping our members will be happy to pay what they can and support other more vulnerable Timebank members in doing so!

  • Why does Community Weaver cost so much? Its kinda hard to use a lot of the time. Couldn't we save money by using a different type of software?

Community Weaver was built by volunteer developers and offered as a free service to timebanks for many years. We benefited from this generosity for the first 6 years of being a timebank. Unfortunately this became unsustainable for them. Charging fees allows Community Weaver to upgrade the software and provide a better service to timebanks across the world.

Community weaver charges start-up TimeBanks a launch fee and they receive CW3 hosting, maintenance and limited tech support for one year from the date of launch. After year one (Wellington Timebank is in Year 8), timebanks pay the regular biannual fee (twice a year) for the hosting, maintenance, security, and tech support that Community Weaver provide on an ongoing basis. 

We have done a lot of research and this is the best option for us at this time. 


We are continually re-assessing our options, however we feel that Community Weaver meets the needs of Wellington Timebank, and for the moment we are happy to contribute to the running of this service through paying for it and we hope you are too!

2019 Annual Film Fundraiser! 2040 - Oct 9th

Kia ora e te Timebank whānau! We are hosting our annual film fundraiser on October the 9th, screening the very relevant film: 2040. We invite you to join us from 5pm for some kai, a raffle, and catch up, before we hear from our guest speaker, youth leader, feminist and activist Lily Parkin, who is involved with the youth Climate Strike Movement. Tickets are $25 or $22 if you buy 3 or more. If you manage to sell 3 tickets on behalf of Timebank we will pay ya 1 Time Credit! Snack packs will be included, and there will be some kai beforehand.

Book your ticket by following this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUSyNshlsLys3H5zFUwxphQKJzySmD...

Check out the trailer for 2040 here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7150512/videoplayer/vi2529803289?ref_=tt_ov_vi

"2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW. Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet". Looking forward to seeing you there for an uplifting look at what we can do in the face of a Climate Crisis.


Stress Relief and Aromatherapy Workshop!

Are you interested in Aromatherapy? Would you like to learn how to control stress in a more natural way? Come and take part in this Wellington Timebank workshop - 2pm Saturday Octber 13 2018

Email: info@wellingtontimebank.org.nz

DIY Extravaganza

We're kicking off our DIY Workshop Series this Saturday with Starting a Saving Pool with Living Economies!  ;Join us at 3PM at the Newtown HALL on Daniell St to learn about this radically local, interest-free way to save up for big purchases!

The rest of our workshops need registrations because... materials are hard to predict if we don't know who is coming.  Check out the dates on our poster below and click the link to register!

DIY Workshop Series Saturday 2 June Starting a Savings Pool with Living Economies 3PM at Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St, 2 timecredits or $5; Saturday 9 June Building a Garden Planter with Rachael 3PM at Newtown HALL, 71 Daniell St, 1.5 timecredits +$5 or $15; Saturday 16 June, Tamales and Salsa with Angie 3PM at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club 2 timecredits +$5 or $10; Saturday 23 June DIY Cleaning products with Sonya, 3PM at the Newtown HALL, 71 Daniell St, 1 timecredit +$5 members or $10 guests; Saturday 30 June Cheesemaking with Angie and Rebecca; 2 timecredits + $25 or $60

Recent Community Weaver Consultation Results!

Hello!  As many of you may be aware, the software we use to list offers and requests and to record trades, is about to start charging Timebanks for the use of its software.  In response, we asked YOU to weigh in on what we should do, and a bunch of you responded! Thank you, lovely respondents!

We've got the results in a pretty Google Doc, which anyone can view.  The essential bits are, you guys are open to the idea of making our membership fee annual and charging non-members for workshops, but you don't want the committee coming back to you and asking for money all the freaking time.  Which, yeah, sounds more than fair.

Quick tastes: Repair Cafe, Survey, and Movie Fundraiser

Nibble #1. This Saturday, 12 May is the 5th Occassional Repair Cafe!  Bring me your tired, your pilled, your wonky cords waiting to be fixed!  Or come along and help fix up someone else's stuff and get the warm fuzzy feeling of helping out and reducing waste.  11AM to 2PM at 199 Riddiford Street.  

Snack #2.  This is a bit inside baseball, but our trading software Community Weaver, is going to start charging Timebanks pretty soon.  It'll cost the Wellington Timebank approximately $2,490 per year to keep using our software.  We are asking YOU how we can cope with this big new cost.  Please take our 3-minute Survey (and then head over to Community Weaver and help yourself to a time credit for your effort!)

Treat #3.  Speaking of the need to exist in a mainstream economy, we are having a Movie Fundraiser Night on May 23rd!  We're supporting Kiwi film with tickets to The Breaker Upperers, a comedy about two cynical ladies who start a reverse dating service helping couples break up.  Tickets can be ordered via email or our EventFinda page.

Fun and Games at Board Game Night!

About 15 people sit around some tables in three groups, playing different board games.Thank you so very much to the folks who turned up at our Board Game Night!  We had about 25 people over the course of the evening, which meant it was a bit cramped at our tables, but folks seemed pretty happy with the games on offer. We played Settlers of Catan, Cluedo, Pictionary, Looping Chewie, Guess Who, Uno, and Exploding Kittens - just to name a few. A great mix of people attended, including some very active Timebankers, lots of families, some visitors from out of town, and a couple of brand-new Timebank members!  It was a light, happy evening, and several folks have asked when the next one is.  

For me, seeing the folks come down from the Aro Valley brought home how much the Timebank has grown from its start in Newtown.  And I'd love to see more hyper-local events going on, bringing in neighbours either for volunteering or to just get to know each other a bit before or alongside trading, so we are really building local networks.

So we have a couple more events soon.  Coming up May 8 is our FREE Pilates with Faye at the Indian Community Centre in Kilbirnie. It's a chance to try a new workout, followed by about 20 minutes of conversation and some yummy chai with folks who are already part of the class. We're organising carpools from all over town at our Facebook event, or you can email the Coordinators to take part.

And if you run an event you'd like Timebankers to know about, are seeking local volunteers, or if you would like help getting folks in your area together, email us about that, too.  We'd love to help out.

Board Games and Drinks Night at Counter Culture!

We're hosting a special event for Timebankers to get to know each other face-to-face, and we're thrilled to open it up to perspective members as well.

Wednesday 18th April, we'll be at Counter Culture on 211 Victoria Street from 6PM until we get "board" of the games! Friends and kids are welcome, though under 18s need a responsible grown-up with them because the venue is licensed.  We'll have games ranging from Jenga and Connect 4 to Love Letters and Ultimate Werewolf!

It is quite a "Coup" to get together like this.  One might say it "Boggles" the mind... not that we want to Monopolize your time.  

Check out our Facebook event, and please RSVP so we can let the venue know how many people are coming so we aren't all Scrabble-ing on the night!

PS. We'll be accepting donations on the night into our Pay it Forward fund, which helps purchase drinks and nibbles for our guests who may have a hard time with that.

Let's make stuff together!

DIY made of tools

Our recent consultation round revealed a big desire for workshops building new skills, especially around DIY.  We've heard you, and want to get a series going round about mid-year, and we want your help picking topcis and scheduling events!

Have your say by filling out our survey. It takes about 5 minutes, and will be massively helpful.  Have you always wanted to learn how to make a killer curry?  Change the brake pads on your bike?  Knock together a birdhouse or chicken coop?  Learn Zen meditation or vegan cooking?  Let us know!

Hello from the new Co-Coordinator!

A woman in her mid-thirties waves at the camera.  She has purple hair and glasses. Hello, everyone!  I'm Shannon, the new Co-Coordinator with Maddie.  I've been a Timebank member since 2012, and I'm really excited to work behind the scenes with the Wellington Timebank.

Maddie will still be here, so don't worry about that.  Eryn has gone back to her role with the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre. So you'll see her around the building, but she'll be focussed on her other projects.  A HUGE thank you to her for helping out over the last few months; that is fantastic!

When I'm not Timebanking, I do lots of other stuff.  I work in theatre as a freelance director and a drama teacher.  The last few years I've fallen into reviewing, so I mentor and edit young theatre reviewers.

When not doing those things, I can usually be found making cosplay costumes (dressing up like sci-fi characters. So nerdy and so fun!), or chilling with my partner and my cat.

In my role as Coordinator, I'm really interested in both growing the Timebank, and supporting our current members.  I'm still feeling things out, and I would LOVE to hear your ideas for organizing trades, events you'd like to see, and anything else on your mind!  You can drop by and see me in the Office all day Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon, or Friday mornings.

Love love,


2018 Summer Roadshow

Coordinator Maddie sits across the table from a new member, typing her details into a laptop.  Both women are smiling.

The Wellington Timebank Summer Roadshow 2018 ran from 16th Jan to 12th Feb. We visited 10 different locations across Wellington over the month, holding info sessions at community centres in Tawa, Johnsonville, Karori, Aro Valley, Mount Vic, Newtown, Berhampore, Island Bay, Seatoun and Strathmore Park.

We've had such a fabulous time meeting so many of you at these events!

Thanks so those of you who came by to say hello and told your friends and family about us.  We have welcomed lots of new members from around the city into the Timebank whānau.

Thanks also to the community centres for hosting us.  And another huge thanks to our fantastic bakers Marion and Rowena who made delicious homemade treats to be shared at each place, yum.

Who knows, maybe this will be an annual activity!

Ka Pai - Pie Competition, WTB Spring Social and Member Consultation report back

Pies, Pies and more Pies. Sweet pies, Savoury pies, Yummy pies, Unusual Pies.

Our judges, Gov, Campbell, Hedy and Angie had a wonderful and challenging time dishing out prizes to all and sundry. Congrats to Renee for the top prize, peoples choice, with her Thai curry tofu pie with filo pastry. What a feast was had by all, and thanks to Nela's Chai and Bobby's Kombucha for our refreshments. Thanks to all the many cooks for their efforts.

It was great to meet up with so many Timebankers and their whanau, and some visitors from Manawatu Timebank. It was a wonderful venue - Innermost Garden - with a lovely outdoor setting and just enough space for the 50 of us who gathered.

It was great to have the crew from Active Youth launching and presenting Quick Kai, a joint initiative across our local communities. And wonderful performances by Jeremy (Active youth) and Jude on the violin.

A appreciative acknowledgement of Shanthi who spent hours processing our consultation responses - over 100 of them - putting together the presentation and helping present them at our event. Your skills and ability made it so easy for us Shanthi - cheers!

Finally thanks to all the Timebankers who helped in so many ways, setup, washup, serving food and drink. Its amazing that we can run our awesome events with no budget but Time credits. Thanks also to Mt Vic Hub for arranging the use of the venue - yay Timebank partners.

My Many and Varied Trades

I have been a member of the Wellington Timebank for over two years, but only fully active for the last twelve months. I am totally into the concept of Timebanking, and have had many interesting trades. I once caught a bus from the city to Kilbirnie to collect some biscuits that were baked by a Timebank member. These biscuits were so good that I ate most of them on my way home.

I have volunteered in the kitchen at a community dinner, (attracted by the offer of a free dinner), have helped a member write his best man’s wedding speech, chainsawed up some firewood for a guy on his steep section, helped a lady update her CV, and enjoyed wholesome baking from two other Timebank members.


I enjoyed a comprehensive consultation on nutrition from Marion Leighton, and still enjoy her muesli on a daily basis. I have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, and posted a request on the Wellington Timebank website. Timebanker Brian got back to me and he agreed to lend me his guitar for one time credit a week. I am amazed at the variety of skills offered in our Timebanking community, and check the site most days for new requests and offers.


I have been volunteering at the Timebank for ten months assisting with administration and writing tasks. I love my ‘Timebank Tuesdays’, and enjoy meeting the people behind the names. I am well supported in the office by Chris and Eryn and Renee downstairs.


Campbell McRae



Tania Dyett is still teaching yoga, for over 40 years, the oldest teacher in Wellington. She was in the Dominion Post with photos of her class when she turned 90. She does it in the church hall a few steps from the family home she’s lived in for more than 70 years. She’s sprightly, with it, and full of memories of an extraordinary life. Her parents were Russians who fled the revolution to China, where she was born. Her father had been an officer in the Tsarist army; her mother contracted TB. Tania’s an only child because of that. Once in the Dutch East Indies, though, with warmth and good food, her TB came right. During World War 2 Tania was in a Japanese internment camp for three and a half years. And that’s another story.

And it was in Java that Tania made a definitive move towards her future career. When asked by the mayor of a Javanese city ‘Do you want a holiday or do you want a violin?’ she replied ‘A violin’.

After the war, the family was accepted into New Zealand, and they obtained ‘the biggest property in Seatoun’ by dint of a kind solicitor whose brother had died in a camp in wartime East Indies. Tania calls herself a ‘citizen of the world’, having such a rich and diverse background.

She met her husband, David Dyett, when she was 21, at the Tararua Tramping Club. ‘I was sitting next to him. I always sat next to him from then on.’ David was for many years the Chief Surveyor for the Wellington City Council. She and son Kim nursed him through cancer to his death in 2009.

A stint in Dunedin provided an opportunity to further Tania’s musical passion. She was to go on to earn highest honours in the LTCL and FTCL from Trinity College London. She ended up with her own string quartet, playing at Government House, for investitures and honours ceremonies. There was a 1976 trip to Russia to study music teaching methods. And in the 1980s, at age 59, she performed in ‘TV Time for Music’, being flown weekly to Christchurch for to take part. For four years she did music recitals around schools all over New Zealand. At the end of each recital she would finish with a little gypsy song, ‘Dance d’Allouette’, and then, with help of National radio, listen to all the different native bird songs and imitate them on the violin. The South Island Kiwi on the E string, Grey Warbler, Kea, Yellowhead, Tui, Bellbird, Shining Cuckoo and Magpies on A& D with the Morepork at the end.

Meanwhile, she’d been a long time yoga practitioner, earning her IYTA (International Yoga Teachers’ Association). And that’s her abiding passion. She says Yoga is great for both physical and mental health and promotes ethics like non-violence.

Tania teaches a weekly session in St George’s church hall on Tuesdays from 7.00 til 8.30. As a Timebank member, you can use a credit. Tania would love more people to get involved.

“Experience yourself as part of God’s infinite self-expression, not because of anything you have done, but because God is great, and, therefore, so are you.” – Tania Dyett

Her son Kim gave me (Marg) a lift back from Seatoun. I asked him the secret of his mother’s longevity. ‘What you eat is the most important thing’, he said. ‘In her case, being dairy free. Then there’s her yoga. And,’ he grinned, ‘she’s as mad as ever.’

Tania is a new member but came to our Barn Dance Birthday Celebration last year. She meets regularly with Faye, a Timebank member and loves to chat.

Story by Marg Austin & Chris Carey-Smith

Swimming Pre-School

Sofia loves swimming and goes with her dad a few times a week where she has learned to love the water.

When Chris saw an offer for swim lessons he didn’t hesitate - and contacted Laura who is an expert and coaches young swimmers for competitions. Chris had enabled Sofia to feel safe and be adventurous in and under the water, but what else? Laura usually coached older kids (Sofia is just over 1) but was adaptable and creative and offered hints about the basics for a beginner; going under, blowing into the water, kicking/splashing, jumping in, etc. And all these with songs to encourage participation.


Laura, with her bubbly personality, had great rapport with Sofia so gained Sofia’s trust in the water to try new things. This was also a lesson for dad, learning new skills to use each time we go swimming. Thanks Laura for your Time, knowledge and teaching skill ! Thanks too, Wellington City Council for the affordable swimming for toddlers and their carers. And thanks Timebank for the variety of things on offer.

Island Bay Matariki Potluck Event

We had a wonderful creative time at Island Bay Community centre on a Sunday evening at the end of June. There was a range of ages present making it a real family affair.
Lisa had organised craft materials for us to make picture prayers for Bruce of Tapu te Ranga. The theme was reflecting on the last year and our hopes for the new year. Some great food was shared; warm soup and bread on a cold winters night, roast veges and yummy crumble for desert.
Thanks to Lisa, Rex and Angie for making it happen and Eva for the wonderful photos.

Collective Fundraising

Recently we held a fundraising dinner for the 1% Collective, and that grew from a conversation at a pot dinner that I regularly go to on a Tuesday. There are many generous people that go to the dinner, and who already support the 1% Collective so this night was merely an extension of that. We have held one before with good success but this time we cast the net further for people to help.

I truly embrace the 1% Collective ethos that if we each give a little, collectively we can achieve great things. I gathered support from a couple of food suppliers, from the Golf Club, Tuesday night dinner friends, and put a request for helpers through Timebank.

I joined Timebank Southern hub at the very beginning, 2012, and have met many amazing people, shared trades, meals and coffees and continue to be inspired by the generosity and creativity of Timebankers.  To earn credits I have baked cakes, run errands, cooked and co-ordinated dinners, made giant lasagnes, and sewed bunting, and in return I have received haircuts, massages, acupressure, gardening assistance, recipe book illustrations, and lots and lots of help in the kitchen making fundraising events happen. Many thanks to those who have helped over the years! Moreover, I have made deep and lasting connections with people that I may not have connected with in any other way, and I continue to evangelise about Timebank and it’s benefit and worth, and convince my friends to join as well.

One of these friends, and a recent Timebank convert is Amy, who led the harvest theme, and gathered hessian and bunting and generally made the hall look lovely, using dried agapanthus heads and local rosemary and bay.  Fay and Campbell came via the Timebank request for helping hands and they were both indispensable on the night. Fay was our ‘meeter and greeter, a role she has excelled at, at a previous dinner. To have her enthusiasm, and positivity be the welcome for our guests made for a great start to their evening.  I cannot heap enough praise on Campbell’s plate. He was with me in the kitchen the whole night and long after some others had to leave or had wilted, he stuck in there.  I was very impressed as this was clearly not his first rodeo, and he seemed quite at home, and not at all scared by the stacks of plates at the end.

We were lucky to have had Martin from Kaibosh tell us a little more about the valuable work his organisation does and after that, play a couple of songs, from his soon to be released album.

It is always wonderful when unexpected connections occur and this dinner spurred several. New people were inspired by the work of the collective and signed up to donate their 1 %,  and others found out about Timebanking and are keen to become members. The night was a great success and a donation of just on $1000 has been made due entirely to the generosity of all involved.

 Thanks to Angie for organising this event 



Inter-trading between Timebanks across NZ

Claire, a Wellington Timebank member, made an unusual request recently. She was planning a visit to her grandfather who lives in Lincoln, near Christchurch. Not wanting to ask him to drive anywhere, because of his failing eyesight, she wondered if anyone nearby could help.

Coordinator of Wellington Timebank, Chris got in touch with Julie, volunteer coordinator for Timebank Aotearoa NZ, and she contacted Selwyn Timebank to put out a request to Selwyn members, Lincoln being in Selwyn district.

Now it was time for Jenny to ent


er the picture. ‘Yes, I saw the request and responded. I got in touch with the lady concerned, and later picked her up from Christchurch airport – although we needed a couple of cell phone calls to finally meet!’ she explains. (A word of advice: make payment arrangement clear before meeting - money toward petrol costs is expected.)

And a comment from Claire about the experience? ‘It was wonderful to achieve this request so easily. From my simple desire to get somewhere, I launched the first trade through the national Timebank. A great deal of thanks to the Aotearoa NZ and Selwyn Timebanks.’

And how does this work?

Inter-trades between Timebanks has always been possible by each Timebank being a members of the other. Now there is a Timebank Aotearoa NZ this is more streamlined. TBANZ becomes a member of your local Timebank so you can do an exchange with TBANZ  on your Timebank as does the person you are trading with. This saves lots of one off signups of members on other Timebanks or between Timebanks. Arranging the trade still requires communication with the relevant Timebank where the coordinator puts up a request or offer.

Eg. Clare gives Time credits to TBANZ on Wellington TB - Jenny takes Time credits from TBANZ on Selwyn TB.

Timebank Inter-trade protocol template

Filling Tummies

Kaibosh appreciates support from the wider community, including our Timebank

Lance and Jen at the Kaibosh Lower Hutt branch.

The food rescued by Kaibosh has a ripple effect in our community. It’s given out through more than 50 organisations around the Wellington region, where it ends up reaching thousands of people.

From there the impact ripples out further, as the simple act of filling bellies with a healthy meal empowers these groups to do some incredibly important work. That’s the case for Vibe, the Hutt Valley Youth Health Service, who, for the last 18 months, have been using Kaibosh food to open up important conversations with young people.

Vibe run a ‘youth one stop shop’ in Lower Hutt, where they provide free, confidential health and support services to Hutt Valley young people aged 10 to 24. They offer them a

confidential way to see a doctor, to talk about sexual health or mental health, and to have one-on-one social support.

The thing is, these generally aren’t conversations young people are likely to start themselves, and that can be even less likely among those who are already having a hard time at home or school.

So, for three years now, Vibe has also been running regular Drop In sessions at local high schools and training centres where they offer a free, healthy lunch. This gives them the chance to meet young people on their own terms and make sure they know that Vibe are there to help – and how to find them if they choose to.

Since Kaibosh opened their second branch in the Hutt in 2015, Vibe has collected food from them. By using this food, Vibe has more than tripled the number of school drop-ins they run each week.


Vibe’s Sinead Ward says: “Every week the Kaibosh team support us to feed over 120 young people throughout the Hutt Valley at Lunchtime Drop Ins – thanks to them, we’ve been able to increase these Drop Ins from 3 to 10 per week.”

Sinead says, “Drop Ins are a friendly and welcoming space for young people to share a healthy lunch and connect with their peers and Vibe staff. They can access Vibe’s staff support informally, and be referred on for further support if needed. Young people often use this time to discuss what’s on top for them at home or in school.

Over a shared healthy meal, we can help them to explore options for overcoming any issues or challenges. During this time young people are becoming more connected, building quality relationships, and spending time in positive social settings.”

As well as being the young-person-magnet to start important conversations, the food that Kaibosh provides also gives Vibe a way to make sure these young people are going back to class with their tummies full. A healthy lunch plays a huge part in making sure we get the most out of our days, and that’s especially important for young people with an afternoon of learning ahead.

Vibe is also using food from Kaibosh to provide for families through Vibe’s parenting programme, by making sure young parents and their babies receive a nourishing, home-cooked meal each week.

“When you know where your next meal’s coming from, you’re free to focus on all sorts of other things – your family and friends, your work, your study, your hobbies,” says Kaibosh’s Anoushka Isaac. “There’s a huge amount of stress that you avoid when you’re not worried about getting enough to eat.”

Vibe is just one of over 50 different community groups that Kaibosh supports across the Wellington Region, and at their last estimate, food from Kaibosh is reaching at least 4,000 people in need each week.

So to the amazing people who choose to support Kaibosh, thank you.

And that includes the Wellington Timebank - Kaibosh volunteers can earn Time credits for their hours as an encouragement or reward.

Have Tools - Will Travel

Brad Crowley brought the tools of his trade with him, all the way from Portland, Oregon. Two and a half years ago, he arrived in New Zealand. He likes Wellington, and is practising his trade here as a hobby, with great benefits for Timebank members.

He owned his own business back in the States, installing rain tanks. ‘There’s a need for that here,’ he points out, referring to earthquake provision.

Homeowners can obtain 200 – 300 litre water tanks from the Second Treasures shop at the city’s landfill. Brad’s expertise now enters the picture. He makes a cut in the water downspout and installs tubing and a fitting that then connects with the tank (all supplied in the rain tank kit). Brad makes the point that the tubing is only 10 – 15 cm in length, meaning that the tank sits close to the house.

Brad does other things as well. He’s installed a closet hanger and a wall mounted heater, and is prepared to make general repairs. He also helped transport and install some bunk beds using his multi purpose van.

Bunnings supplies most of what he needs – ‘I spend a lot of time there,’ he grins.

Brad is a great model of Timebank reciprocity. He has received a number of things including help fixing his bike.

Looks good.  You might mention that I prefer to work with wood and have the tools to do such work.  I also do NOT do concrete work or play with chainsaws!

Story by Marg Austin

Trouser Resurrection

My best Timebank Trade this year was the resurrection or my beautiful red trousers that were in a former incarnation,  danced and strutted with enthusiasm.

Prior to Christmas I came off my bike in spectacular fashion launching myself over the handlebars in a kind of Matrix- style, out of body experience. Unfortunately the landing was not quite so graceful, hitting the concrete on knees and elbows. Amazingly I was still alive but my beautiful red, Australian trousers were damaged beyond belief adding to my injury (see photo).

Hobbling around with no skin on both knees trying to be brave, I emailed Timebank mender extraordinaire, Gemma who came to my rescue. The thought of snazzy red shorts really did cheer me up.

What a fantastic job. Post-Christmas, displaying my knee scars with style, I celebrated by wearing them at the next Salsa night, Public bar on Courtney Place (see photo)

He rawe tāku tarau poto whero!


The Magic Weave of Shadow the Storyteller


Something told me that when I went to meet Shadow the Storyteller I was in for a treat … and I wasn’t disappointed.

Linda Hansen joined Timebank because of a visit to a friend, who was also a member, just before the project’s first anniversary. Watching a couple of Timebankers, through the window, working enthusiastically on her friend’s garden, she could see the practical benefits of skill sharing. She could see a community of people working for each other, helping to complete the jobs that we, individually, put off – the ones that get us down!  

Linda is used to storytelling in a wide range of settings, inside and out, in rest homes, for pre-schoolers, adult and children’s parties and has even run storytelling courses. So when Hannah Mackintosh invited her to ’tell’ at the Timebank First Birthday Party celebrations she was more than happy to oblige.

Although Linda doesn’t need a complicated set – she usually purloins only a chair – she does have a decorated suitcase of treasures that help conjure up countless scenes for the imagination. Forty minutes is an average length for her story sessions, with extra time for warm up and conclusions. During a session, Linda senses when her audience, if very young or very old, needs a break and passes the treasures around for them to hold and think about.

Costumes are a real advantage in helping establish atmosphere and it’s also obvious that when you have one on, you’re the storyteller. A great benefit to Shadow and, ‘Where else do you get to dress up in sparkles!’

She discovered early on how important the sense of touch is to the imagination, and enjoys the connection when older people smooth their fingers once again over a wooden darning mushroom, for example. She creates a ‘magical zone’ with coloured cloth, placing her treasures like the cow’s horn pictured below, for the children to see but not yet touch, creating expectation and anticipation. Monkey, her glove puppet, is also a winner.


When I asked Linda about the skills needed for such an art, she said that although she always plans and prepares carefully, she knows she must pay attention to what happens in the moment and maybe change a story. She has a good memory and although we may recognise echoes, she rarely tells tales her audience will have heard before. Many are adapted especially for the event.

Whilst she can’t choose a favourite audience, she enjoys the total engagement of the elderly and young children, particularly those with autism. She particularly likes it when older children are captured by the experience, despite their expectation that “storytelling is for babies.” The intimacy shared with an audience often allows both teller and listeners to be moved.

I wondered what had charmed Linda into the world of story in the first place. She told me that she had attended a two-roomed, remote, rural school and had never grown out of the rich diet of myths and legends that she found there in a dusty old set of encyclopaedias. She now visits such schools, saying that if a travelling storyteller had ever visited her school, she would never have forgotten it.  

As Linda left with her many treasures, I couldn’t help thinking that there had been no need for a travelling storyteller to visit that school years ago, for, in fact, one was already there! I also wished that a little boy called George, living on the other side of the world, could have a visit from Shadow the Storyteller - it would be something he too would never forget.

Story by Sue Jenkins

A Dramatic Exchange

The Wellington Timebank has helped Newtown locals Zoe Higgins and Henrietta Bollinger find rehearsal space for their play 26 Cats Destroy the Patriarchy.


Preparing for a fringe theatre production and struggling to find rehearsal spaces in Wellington after the earthquake, the two Timebank members hit on the idea of paying for space partly in cash and partly in time credits. They’ve been able to rehearse in the Newtown Hall thanks to the Timebank and the Newtown community centre.

“The Timebank is an amazing resource for creative projects where you have time to give but no budget”, said Zoe. “It’s great that the community centre’s been willing to work with us so we can rehearse in a useful space.”


26 Cats Destroy the Patriarchy is a family drama about three generations of women trying to hold their own and hold it together. It's on at BATS theatre as part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival, from 19-23 Feb at 6.30pm. Book online at bats.co.nz or call (04) 802 4175

Thanks so much - the Timebank has actually been amazing and let us access enough space to rehearse properly - we couldn't have found rehearsal space without it!

Cheers, Zoe

2016 Highlights & Summary


Trades: 3550+ Hours exchanged, 1300+ Exchanges

Timebankers: 100+ New Members, 650+ Current Members
Volunteer Hours: 1000+ to Community Organisations, 700+ to Timebank
Members: 50+ Timebank Volunteers, 30+ Organisations
Monthly Events: Movie Fundraiser, Peoples Coffee Roastery, Indian Cooking Demo, Fermenting Potluck, Barn Dance Birthday Celebrations, No Sh*t Gift Shop, No Place Like Home-Newtown Treasure Hunt 

Thanks for your part in making this happen,


your involvement and enthusiasm !

Demonstration of Indian Cooking Delight!

On Saturday 24th September 15 Timebankers met up at the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Tory Street to enjoy a delicious Indian meal and each other’s company.

Shelali Shetty and her friend, Aanchal, had agreed to put on an Indian Cookery Demonstration and their choice was a very warming South Indian Potato Stew. A rich and wholesome dish, perfect for cold nights, especially when accompanied with bread or rice and papadums. On this occasion a vegetarian version was being prepared, but, the recipe could just as easily incorporate meat.

Shelali has recently started a new job which has proved a really busy time for her and has meant that she hasn’t been active with Timebank Trading. When Chris Carey-Smith, the Co-ordinator, contacted her with this idea it seemed a good way to get back into exchanges.

Chris began the evening, welcoming us all and introducing Shelali. Then we each gave a brief synopsis of our Timebanking history and experiences, whilst making the inevitable links and connections. Within the group there were people who had been Timebankers since its conception, many with 2 or 3 years’ experience, one who was spending her first time-credit and another who was the latest sign-up! One person commented on her involvement being a rich experience from beginning to end and many noted the importance of meeting up with new people and exchanging the things we are good at. In identifying the skills we regularly offered, there were clearly the beginnings of trades in the making.  

Afterwards we were divided into two teams, led into the kitchen and given instructions. There was instantly a veritable frenzy of peeling, chopping and conversation, as we were taken, step by step, through the preparations and cooking method. This recipe, like many dahls, is ideally cooked in a pressure cooker, as the food cooks quickly and the process uses less energy. It takes about 30 minutes to produce and feeds a family of four for

about $10. When asked where she buys her ghee, Shelali was adamant that, for her, Spice Rack in Petone, was a firm favourite for quality. She also buys all her spices from the store as they keep them well wrapped and they are not left too long.  

As the activity progressed, lovely aromas began to emanate from the cooking pots, heightening the anticipation of beginning the feast. However, it was only the shrill hiss of steam escaping from the pressure cookers that actually brought a pause to the numerous conversations developing around the kitchen.

Eventually our efforts were rewarded. The final tastings declared the cooking complete, the meal was served and the conversations were accompanied now by the clicking of cutlery and the exclamations of approval!

For Shelali food is really important and the fact that people from different backgrounds had come together to share a meal at the same table brought a tremendous sense of satisfaction. She said, ‘Food will always be my second love – the first love being my Dad – and with so many things going wrong in the world sharing a meal, our experiences and time, is my moment of bliss.’ She said she would be pleased if everybody enjoyed learning and eating and the empty plates, smiling faces and engaging chatter were certainly proof of that!

A lovely, friendly evening enjoyed by all, with sincere thanks to Shelali, Aanchal and the Compassion Soup Kitchen.

Story by Sue Jenkins

Indian Potato Stew Recipe

2016 Timebank Highlights

Trades: 3440+ Hours exchanged, 1280+ Exchanges

Timebankers: 100+ New Members, 650+ Current Members

Volunteer Hours: 1000+ to Community Organisations, 700+ to Timebank

Members: 50+ Timebank Volunteers, 30+ Organisations

Monthly Events: No Place Like Home - Treasure Hunt. Pancake Party, Movie Fundraiser, Peoples Coffee Roastery, Indian Cooking Demo, Fermenting Potluck, Barn Dance Birthday Celebrations, No Sh*t Gift Shop 

Thanks for your part in making this happen,
your involvement and enthusiasm !

All the Fun of the Fair

Saturday 3 December saw a showcasing of Timebank products and services at the Newtown Weekly vintage fair held at the Newtown Community Centre.

The No Sh*t Gift Shop, now in its third year, offers an alternative to the excess consumerism associated with Christmas. ‘There’s no need to spend vast amounts of money,’ explains Chris, Timebank’s coordinator. ‘Time can also be seen as gifting.’

Everything from vouchers for dog walking to Christmas crackers and Kombucha was on offer. Other vouchers included ones for massage lessons, venue hire, violin and Salsa lessons.

Gifts ranged through handmade soap, brooches, cards, wallets and bunting, to dream catchers, bowls created out of vinyl, crocheted dishcloths and chocolate reindeer noses. All of the above-mentioned gifts and services are available in exchange for Timebank credits.


A Kai for Koha food stall displayed bliss balls and fruity chews for a koha, as well as yummy Indian treats and delicious Toasties, thanks to Renee and her team.

And of course help organising and running this event was also done by Timebank volunteers, gaining Time credits for admin before and after, promotion, cooking, cashier, shop assistants, food stall helpers and more. Great effort by many people!

What a great display of Timebankers creative talents, and an opportunity for Timebankers to catch up as well as others to find out how the Timebank works.


All the ingredients for a good party were there – balloons, coloured lights, streamers, Chinese lanterns, flowers, candles – and of course volunteers. At 3.00 in the afternoon, food was arriving, racks of glasses were being carried about, ladders manoeuvred into position, enterprising solutions found for fixing balloons, sound equipment installed, and a driver dispatched to collect the guest speaker.

And at around six, the most necessary ingredient for any party started arriving - the party goers, or in this case, the barn dancers! They brought food of all kinds – with ample scope for vegetarians, salad fans, and dessert lovers. Once Paul Eagle, Deputy Mayor, and Margaret Jefferies, guest speaker from Lyttelton, had arrived, and Timebank’s free band, the Corn Dodgers, had tuned up, we were ready to eat.

Over dinner, Chris introduced me to Ana, who was responsible for acquiring the Seatoun Village Hall for our event. She told me that Peter Jackson was in fact the hall’s owner, having purchased it with the purpose of keeping it for community use. Thank you, Sir Peter!

Chris, our MC for the evening, now announced the first dance! Fortunately for everyone, we were blessed with rousing music from the Corn Dodgers and we had indispensable help with the dance itself from the caller. Those who participated soon shed any self-consciousness, and the floor became a riotous melee.  

Our guest speaker, Margaret Jefferies, congratulated us on our fifth anniversary, and reminded us of Timebank’s origins. She had travelled to the States for a conference about currency, and returned with the inspiration to start Timebank in New Zealand!

Timebank really came into its own at the time of the Christchurch earthquake, she told us, because help at the community level already existed. This is a really significant indicator of the importance of our organisation.

Then it was time for the awards to be announced and presented by Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle and Hannah McKintosh (past Timebank coordinator). The list included: Faithful Volunteer - Bernadette Delany; Enthusiastic new member - Peggy Teoh; Maddie Stanley- Most yummy trades; Sonya Cameron - Most active long term member.

A few more dances and then the winners of the raffle were to be chosen. For prizes, there were 50 vouchers ranging from discounts on computer services to discounts for cups of coffee – all organised by Ra, who had successfully chatted up the sponsors from all over Newtown.


Lulu, our photographer, captured moments of glory, hilarity and occasional ignominy! See accompanying images.

No Sh*t Gift Shop - Saturday 3 December

A showcase of Timebankers talents and creativity.

An extravaganza not to be missed.

An opportunity to stock up on Christmas gifts for Time Credits.

Timebanker Vouchers available for services including Massage, Salsa lessons, Garden advice, Violin lessons, DIY, Nutritional advice and more.

What to do with my Timebank Credits?

There are so many news stories within Wellington Timebank a volunteer reporter can certainly make a profit!

I joined Wellington Timebank back in January 2016, principally as a volunteer to write the stories of people’s exchanges for the newsletter. During the last 8 months I have met so many great people and covered some really interesting trades. Spending all this time liaising with Timebankers, arranging meetings, conducting interviews and writing up stories, meant that I hadn’t had much time to take part in any of my own trades.

I have enjoyed Marion Leighton’s muesli and meeting up with Mark Hodson to gratify my curiosity about the amazing life of the honey bee. I continue to wish that I knew a young child here, in Wellington, so that I could gift a credit for Linda Hansen’s Shadow the Storyteller offer and just more time to spend learning about quilt making with Liz Jackson. These trades aside, I found I had built up an alarming number of time-credits!

As my year in New Zealand was fast coming to an end I realised I’d better get a move on and at least spend some of them. But how to spend them …? ‘Spending’…  um, something I usually don’t have that much trouble with. The trouble is, though, when you are living abroad for just 1 year, you don’t build up the same kind of ‘little jobs’ that always need attending to.

What did I really need help with? What did I need to learn about?

Since the beginning of the year I have taken a couple of photography courses and presently I am trying to learn all I can about portraiture. Of course, being abroad also means that all of your family and friends – the people you know really well and could ask to sit and pose for you, for hours, whilst you fiddle about behind the little black box working out f-stops and white balances - are thousands of miles away.

Aha! Finally, the penny dropped, or perhaps I had just learnt to focus! Timebankers! That works – I get to have people prepared to ‘be’ for an hour and they get to earn a couple of time-credits to put towards their own up-coming trades.

Anyway, I thought I’d try it and, after carefully considering the wording in the request, submitted it to one of the August Trading Posts. I must admit that I was surprised to get a response almost immediately and even more surprised to count up nine responses within a four-week period. I managed to successfully link up with six of these generous traders and am really glad I took the plunge!

My first photographic model was Phoebe, who, ironically, was someone I had seen numerous times before, generally cycling past the front window of my accommodation! Originally from Auckland, she now lives not far from me and had very little trouble finding the shoot location. She probably had the raw end of the deal as, least practised, I was still pretty nervous and getting the light right was a lengthy process. However, she was very patient and keen to use the credits for some more Spanish lessons.

Rose, featured in my first Timebank story on ‘Flapjack Bears,’ so there was no need for introductions. Just back from India (a very special place for me) we had lots to talk about and some of the mystique of that far away land seemed to work its charm! The light came right to capture a beautiful image.

I met Guadalupe at the Railway Station. A place recommended by my tutor and really convenient for my ‘model’ who was coming from a yoga lesson. Guadalupe has been in Wellington since 2013 having studied psychology in her native Chile. She often does trades involving vegan cookery, but she was interested in photography and her positive feedback gave my confidence a boost!

Sophie, recently moved to Wellington from France. Another example (myself included) of the numerous people I have met who have joined Timebank on arrival, to get to know people in their area. Sophie loved the notion of being able to exchange skills without having to use money and is happy to give French lessons, so that she can learn to play a number of musical instruments.

By the time I got to photograph Fey, a former semi-professional artist, I was feeling more at home with the technical aspects of the camera. However, trying to put people at their ease whilst concentrating on framing the image, still required work. Luckily Fey so ‘loves witnessing people getting in touch with their creativity,’ she proved to be a truly calming presence. I loved the pieces of art Fey brought with her and only hope I captured something of her response towards them. A truly creative exchange.

Finally, I met up with Clarissa – another Timebanker whose trade I had covered earlier in the year. My tutor suggested I now needed to widen my repertoire of ‘locations,’ and knowing Brazilian born Clarissa as a photographer, she said this was an ideal opportunity to go ‘urban!’ So we set off into the streets of Wellington one Saturday afternoon! We had an exciting time and the clock certainly ran away with us before we were done.

Did I say ‘finally’? Well my tutor had other ideas – pointing out that all my ‘models’ had been female! I needed to widen the repertoire once again, this time to ‘male’ and ‘urban.’ Luckily, Russell, a Timebanker I had met in another walk of life, was kind enough to oblige. This time I set off into the streets of Wellington with Russell … and his violin. Classically trained at the age of 5, he now concentrates more on improvisation with the fellow musicians he meets. I hadn’t counted on musical accompaniment, but it was beautiful and certainly caught the attention of those passing by.

My thanks to all the ‘models’ I met up with. Your patience, generosity of spirit and positive vibes have really helped me to develop my skills. I am becoming more adept at reading the light, utilising technical features and framing my subject. My tutor is certainly pleased with my progress, but most of all, through the co-operation of these Timebankers, I continue to learn about Timebank values. We are generally eager to give, but sometimes learning how to receive can deepen your understanding of a better way of giving.

Story by Sue Jenkins


Fermenting food, drink and … ideas!

Many a successful idea is ‘fermented’ in the kitchen … and this may well have been the case in the creation of Timebank’s recent successful ‘End of Winter Potluck!’  

Not so long ago Faye Tohbyn was present at a fund-raiser to help a friend’s son make a trip to Cambodia. She ended up – as you do – chatting to three or four friends in the kitchen and these friends just happened to be Timebankers. They chatted about how good it would be to have another Timebank event and the idea of a potluck meal was muted. Faye really wanted to follow through on these discussions, had even begun considering a theme of ‘fermentation’ but hadn’t got a concrete way forward in mind. She liked earlier events, where people had sat around tables and talked about ideas and subjects that they were passionate about, but didn’t want the occasion to be formal.

Faye was still mulling over possibilities, when she arranged to meet up with Chris, the Timebank Co-Ordinator. This meeting really illustrated the power of sharing ideas and as the theme of ‘fermentation’ took hold, a notion, larger than the sum of its parts, came into being. Immediately the Sustainability Trust seemed to be the ideal venue, as its ethos would be completely in accord with the developing theme, and the central location would also be accessible for people across the suburbs, in Lower Hutt, Johnsonville, Brooklyn and Newtown.       

This event then, would give people the opportunity to listen to those who have expertise in fermentation, sample fermented products from some key commercial outlets and bring their own ‘fermented’ contributions to a shared potluck meal.  

The very healthy potluck items, brought along by the guests, included: salads, curries, hummus and beautifully flavoured vegetables and sauce with kimchee to add a fermented touch. There were several kombucha drinks, including ginger lime, coffee and mulled wine which gave an aromatic touch to the ‘End of Winter Potluck’.

CoYo (coyo.co.nz) produce dairy-free coconut yoghurt and ice cream and on the night provided generous tasters of Natural, Berry and Chocolate yoghurt and some beautiful coloured cards containing recipe ideas for people to take away. Brooklyn Deli (www.thebrooklyndeli.com) supplied sour-dough bread, which included gluten-free varieties, and all were very tasty. Both of these companies’ delicious products were included with the potluck meal and many present said they would not only buy these products in the future, but would recommend them to others.

The event was held on Saturday 27th August and afterwards Chris commented, ‘What amazing food, drink and conversation we all had at the Sustainability Trust. The food was diverse, healthy and from many cultures. We had passionate experts on alternate food and discussion about everything under the sun’.

By the end everyone had so enjoyed the evening’s happy and supportive atmosphere that they all pitched in with the cleaning-up - even before the offer of Timebank credit for their efforts!

Faye felt that there had been some awesome conversations and a real interest in the ZingBokashi bucket, available from Sustainability Trust. The latter is a form of fermenting food-scraps as opposed to composting. This is a really interesting system of fermenting with minimal odour and there is a good website for finding out more.

The ‘End of Winter Potluck’ meal was so successful and enjoyable, that there has already been talk of a possible Timebank initiative to organize a ‘Fermenting Festival’ for next year with more companies supporting the event. As Faye commented, ‘How’s that for fermenting ideas?’   And I think she may well be on to a winner!

Story by Sue Jenkins

Wellington Timebank Celebrates 5th Birthday

We are celebrating on Saturday 12 November with a Barn Dance at Seatoun Village Hall

The event is free and children are welcome

The evening begins at 6pm with a shared Potluck meal  

Please RSVP if you are coming and can help in any way

Childhood Memories of Grandmother’s Patatas Rebozadas

Childhood Memories of Grandmother’s Patatas Rebozadas

Leticia moved to Wellington from Zaragoza, a Spanish city located between Barcelona and Madrid, over 4 years ago. Like many others new to this city, hearing about Timebank during a gardening class she was taking, she thought it would be an excellent way to get to meet people. Having carried out her research, the Timebank project interested her because people could pay for services with their time and skills rather than by using cash.

An active member for over 3 years now, Leticia has regularly encouraged others to become members. She feels that Timebank has helped her to meet friends, both during the exchanges and at the numerous community events.  Services and products are becoming increasingly expensive, but she points out that as this project is ‘more about time, everybody can access the services.’

Whilst Leticia is enjoying her time in New Zealand, she also misses home. In these exchanges she likes to think of herself as offering a little bit of ‘Spain on a Plate,’ for those wanting to experience authentic Spanish food!Leticia involves herself whole-heartedly and counts massages, physio-therapy treatments, nutritional advice and sewing as the trades she has benefitted from. Her own offers certainly have a Spanish flavour with Flamenco dancing, Spanish language and cooking (both classes and cooked meals) as well as offering lifts for people needing transportation.

Her earliest memory of food is the home-made cooking of her grandmother, with whom she spent lots of time as a child. Her grandmother was a very good cook and Leticia thinks that it was probably here that she developed her love for cooking. Patatas Rebozadas was a particular favourite that she learned early on. The sliced potatoes are coated in flour and egg, fried and then boiled in a special sauce made with milk, parsley, garlic and paprika. Leticia also likes Spanish Omelette, Paella and, of course, fish. She generally eats healthily as it’s very important to her and thinks that people don’t really eat enough fish here in Wellington.

For her trades she has given cooking classes and also prepared and cooked meals for special family occasions and birthdays. Sometimes she cooks for people who are busy at work or for those who are entertaining guests from out of town. On one occasion she was asked to attend a farewell party to make Spanish Cocktails!

The satisfaction that Leticia gets from cooking for her Timebank exchanges, comes from sharing healthy food with others, whilst showing how good Spanish food can be. Even if people ask her to cook particular things, for example a favourite cake, she will ask them to try a Spanish variety so that they can experience something new and different.

Although Leticia only gets to visit home occasionally, she will be welcomed with her favourites; fish and tapas. These days in Zaragoza, socialising is more about going out to restaurants for food, but she knows that ‘home’ really means her mother’s food … and that’s still very hard to beat!

Grandmother’s favourite: Patatas Rebozadas

Story by Sue Jenkins

Timebankers Support Aro Valley Community Hangi

On Sunday 14th August members of the Aro Valley Community came together to share a Community Hāngi and performances by local school children and other groups. This event was an Aro Valley Community Council Initiative.

When I went to Aro Hall on Friday to find out a little about the forthcoming event, I was met by boxes, bags and cartons of a wide variety of vegetables donated by locals. Such a constant stream of people, were still delivering their produce, that I was quite taken aback.  

Lexi Taylor, the event’s facilitator, told me that a series of community meals have been partially funded by Compass Health as a way of bringing community members together. Food, having that power to draw people in, in an act of sharing, is seen as a focus for this innovative opportunity. Volunteers from different ethnicities and cultures are involved in hosting the meals, the first had been an ‘Indian Pot Luck,’ which ensures that each event is correctly anchored in its culture.

Timebanker Angela Foster and her daughter Charlotte, amongst many others, were involved in behind-the-scenes preparation to provide 200 meals for the occasion; peeling a mountain of different vegetables and setting up the meal-packs to go into the kai cookers. Also on hand to serve the meals and tidy up afterwards, this stalwart effort has been essential to the success of the event. 

During Sunday evening excellent musical performances, including song, dance and piano were delivered by members of Te Aro School, Aro Valley Pre-School and local artists.    


Lexi commended the amazing contributions of Daniel Brown and Andrew Dalziel, from the Maori community, who had organised much of the event and the cooking feat! They had ensured that there was provision of Vegetarian, Halal Option and Combination Meat meals for all those attending. Daniel and Andrew were guarding the huge kai cookers all afternoon. Andrew said the event was important to him because, ‘it was bringing the people of the community together.’ He also hoped that all of the people who had given their time in the preparation on Saturday, would return later on in the evening to share in the meal.

Serving food to Maria Paiva, are Angela Foster and fellow Timebanker Mark Bayly. 

As the darkness gathered outside and the chilly wind cooled the air it was certainly time for the serving of steaming-hot food! And in a quiet moment there was certainly a sense of gratitude and a coming together, that all could be proud of and everybody could share.

Story by Sue Jenkins



Banks and exchanging – with a difference!

Banks and exchanging – with a difference!

Thanks to the Education Team at Sustainability Trust, there has always been a close relationship between this non-profit organisation and Wellington’s Timebank.  

Staff at the Trust are always keen to spread the word about Timebank and their volunteers can take the opportunity to attend Timebank recruitment drives in the Trust’s purpose built Meeting Room. This is certainly where I learnt more about Timebank and joined up back in January, although at the time I wasn’t really aware of this connection or how it had been developed.

On Wednesday Vishal, the Trust’s volunteer co-ordinator, introduced me to a group of Sustainability Trust’s volunteers who, I soon found out, were also Timebankers. The volunteers can receive Timebank credits for the work they do, which can then be spent in the usual way on exchanges published in the Newsletter. The group I met were all volunteering at the Sustainability Trust’s Curtain Bank (another ‘bank’ I was soon to learn all about) and were delighted to have exchanged their well-earned credits for hair-cuts, a compost bin, Marion’s famous muesli, wood-stacking, massages and even a vegan chocolate cake.  And if they accrue too many time credits, and they often do, they can always donate them to the Community Chest!

Vishal explained that reciprocation works well between the two organisations. The Trust often needs more volunteers than it currently has, especially in the Curtain Bank and when doing external work and waste audits, and this is when Timebank will put a shout out on its media network for volunteers to offer their help in exchange for - yes, you’ve guessed it … time credits. Faye, one of the volunteers, told me that she had initially seen the advertisement to help out at the Curtain Bank in the Timebank newsletter – proof of the good working relationships.

By this time the volunteers were eager to show me around the Curtain Bank, and so it was that Jane and Faye led me through the building to a veritable curtain emporium! A massive warehouse with materials of all colours, textures and sizes stacked on shelves far above our heads and reaching as far as the eye could see. And Lynely, the Curtain Bank Coordinator, the machinist Gollett, and a small group of busy volunteers, stoutly hold the towering bolts at bay.

The Curtain Bank began in Newtown about 6 years ago as part of Sustainability Trust and is now housed at its HQ in Forresters Lane, off Tory Street. I met Cathy Trewby, another volunteer, who assesses the quality and recycling potential of all the curtains and materials donated by the general public, hotels, rest homes etc. She is generally bowled over by the generosity of people and commented on the often huge donations from hotels and the end-of-roll donations from fabric suppliers, which are brand new. Cathy works with machinists, who make up the curtains, and a group of volunteers. When curtains or material are donated they are assessed, measured and folded. They cannot wash dirty materials, so these will not be passed, but they do make every effort to detach usable linings from decaying curtains or vice versa and cut out moulding patches into shorter drops. In addition, they can cut out/off and re-cycle tapes, plastic and metal hooks and tracks. Cathy appreciates that some of the material has been woven by women in the third world for a pittance and so she wants to give the material as long a life as is possible.  

The Curtain Bank generates some money which is fed back into the process of providing curtains for families holding community service cards or for those requiring special care due to risk of particular illnesses. Small amounts are generated from recycling metal, spotting vintage or special interest material that can be sold on Trade Me and from the alteration service Curtain Bank offers to the public. Generally, curtains are provided for the living room in a house, although depending on need, provision might extend to a child’s room or the whole house.

For community service card holders, applications for curtains come into Curtain Bank specifying measurements and describing some element of choice and the co-ordinator selects appropriate fabric. The curtains are then made up and lined, although lining can be provided separately if people have suitable curtains already (as a paid service.) When couriers transport curtains for a whole household or mobile banks deliver multiple orders to a community centre for pick-up a real sense of excitement is generated, experienced by the team as well as those receiving the deliveries.

The Curtain Bank is generously supported by Genesis Energy and Wellington Community Trust.

Jane felt that receiving time credits for her voluntary work at Curtain Bank was a great idea and it had enabled her to have a builder construct a compost bin for her as well as giving her the opportunity to make moisturisers. She really appreciates the Timebank ethos, especially because she knows it is so much easier to give time, than it is to ask for help oneself. Both the give and take are equally important.

Faye has been a Timebanker for a good few years now and although her initial involvement was through a café social, in order to meet people, she soon got into the collecting and exchanging credits culture. In fact, she offered a Pilates session during the Island Bay Festival and earned credits for the development and planning of her initiative and for taking the sessions. In addition, the money paid for the classes was donated to Timebank to help raise the money needed to rent the premises.

The enthusiasm of these volunteers and the efficiency of the whole process was remarkable. Long may this style of ‘banking and exchange’ continue!

Story written by Sue Jenkins

Timebank Creativity works for Alpha Art Studio and Gallery

Alpha Art Studio and Gallery offers a bright, inviting space in central Wellington, where a group of creative adults can meet in an accessible and safe environment to practise their art. The individuals, all with Intellectual Disabilities or Sensory Impairment, are able to participate in a wide range of workshops including, scrap-booking, jewellery and print making and 3D. Eryn, the co-ordinator at Alpha, explained how experiencing a variety of different art-making mediums enables each person to explore their own creativity and learn new skills.

Voluntary work is part of the ethos at Alpha and the artists volunteer for a variety of organizations including, Wellington City Mission and Meals on Wheels. To be active in the community Alpha gets involved with a whole range of groups and projects, not least Wellington Timebank. So how does this work out in practice?

Alpha, as an organisation, is a Timebank member, which means all of the artists can offer their services and also benefit from trading exchanges. The creative working relationship between the two means that the artists at Alpha can get involved in a huge amount of meaningful community activity, that might not otherwise present itself. For example, says Eryn, ‘We can all go for a walk because we enjoy it, but going for a walk whilst delivering pamphlets is still enjoyable, but has an added purpose.’

Jamie and David enjoying their art work

She added, ‘Money, being an abstract concept, can be one that the artists struggle to understand, but doing a favour and getting one in return makes sense and gives worth.’ And the time-credits give the artists a sense of being valued for the work they have been involved in.

Timebank also has benefits for the staff at Alpha. As Alpha’s funding provides for Monday to Friday 9-4pm, this can present something of a challenge. It is difficult to continually ask hard-working staff to volunteer their time, unpaid, to attend the organization’s many successful weekend and evening events. This is where Timebank has almost become another staff-member, helping to support projects and individuals by providing one-off volunteers for after-hours activities. Eryn appreciates this very real contribution, saying, ‘Timebankers are community-minded and in our experience are always lovely human beings.’ Additionally, Alpha’s staff, being Timebankers themselves, can always be ‘paid’ in time-credits.

Alpha’s most active Timebanker, Matthew, photographed with the chair he re-vamped, has helped people move house, delivered flyers for Newtown Community Centre, assisted with recycling and dump missions and worked in a number of gardens. I am also reliably informed that he is great with DIY around the studio.  

Some of their more recent notable trades include felting and card-making workshops, help hanging the exhibits, having the computer ‘fixed’ and receiving professional light and sound expertise for one of their art shows.

Alpha has had Christmas Markets for the last two years now, the first being heARTS and crafts and the second, ho ho homemade. Timebank uses this venue for its Christmas No S*** Giftshop, paying for the hire with time-credits and volunteers who ran the gift-wrapping station. These events have been hugely successful, generating publicity, interest and bringing lots of people to the studio and gallery who had never visited before.

The gallery, as well as being available for hire by the wider arts community, is used to actively promote the work of the artists practising here: seeking to share with the public both the pride and the happiness experienced whilst creating.

I was certainly aware of the sense of creativity and celebration on my recent visit, and also recognised the mutual benefit these organisations derive from such collaboration.

Story by Sue Jenkins

WTB Newsletter - Why TimeBanking is good for us! Trading Tales: Thomas & Cathy


Lamp Base gets New Lease of Life!

Having met Cathy before I knew she had a real passion for re-cycling … and that is exactly what happened when she saw a lamp-base on Trade Me, masquerading as a vase!

She had wanted a particular lamp for the corner of her room and the colours of this base were just the right match. Having made her purchase she put out a request for someone to do the re-wiring and soon worked out a trade with Thomas. Cathy visited Thomas’ workplace, a veritable cavern of interesting mechanical fixtures and he worked out the fittings she required. Luckily he had a spare piece of flex and she only needed to purchase the fittings for the shade, so the re-cycling pattern Cathy so appreciated, continued.

Cathy has been a member of Timebank for about 2 years now and has volunteered at the Curtain Bank, taken rubbish to the tip and several other small jobs. She likes the idea that everybody’s skills are recognised in an equal w

ay and feels the time-credits are a wonderful way of acknowledging that. Cathy sees Timebank as a kind of ‘community reciprocity’ – even if two people don’t have a mutual exchange, the links of a chain in the network are begun and the communal benefit multiplies.

Thomas moved from France to Wellington, with his wife, just over a year ago and they both joined Timebank shortly after arriving. Although he was able to get a job almost immediately, his wife Clem, found it harder and she thought Timebank would get them involved in a variety of activities and be a way of meeting new people.  They found the whole concept an interesting one and were very surprised to find how many people were keen to be involved in voluntary work.

Thomas’ skills repairing and fixing all sorts of household items have kept him busy, and although both Thomas and Clem used a number of time-credits in the Christmas Gift Shop, he admits to still having a heap to spend. He says it was really useful to use his credits to borrow some power tools shortly after he arrived, before he was properly set-up. Creative he certainly is and, having worked as a swimming pool technician, one of his more unusual trades has been to transform a spa pool into a duck pond!

Thomas would certainly encourage people to become Timebank members because you definitely meet some interesting people and it is not just the same type of person. They have been to a number of social events now and on one occasion ended up meeting a man who invited them to join him on his boat. An opportunity which they wouldn’t normally have expected to happen.  

Thomas was happy to help Cathy with the lamp base and fittings as he believes it is good to give your time to help others with things that they cannot do. And Cathy is equally happy, she says, ‘It looks really good in its place and when I find the right shade it will look brilliant.’

Story by Sue Jenkins

Peoples Coffee Roastery - Exclusive TimeBank Event

The Wellington Timebank and Peoples Coffee come together on 30 July to offer an event exclusive to Wellington Timebank members!

Kick off your weekend with a behind-the-scenes look at Newtown's own coffee roastery and learn about the background and ethos of one of only two New Zealand businesses to gain certification from the World Fair Trade Organisation. Enjoy the talk and tour with delicious home-baking and hot drinks, get to know other timebankers from your area, and take the opportunity to pick up coffee husks, sacks and pallets for timebank credits

Places are limited so RSVPing is essential!
Contact Chris at the timebank for more information or book your spot online.



Saturday July 30, 11.30am - 12pm

Peoples Coffee Roastery, 22b Newtown Ave
(please note that this is NOT the same venue as the Peoples Coffee Cafe on Constable Street)


$10 waged, $5 unwaged

The Art of Story-Telling


I hadn’t realised when I arranged to meet up with Viv Askey, that she, too, had been a Timebank reporter! 

She joined Timebank early last year and wrote the blog for about 6 or 7 months. Interestingly, Marion Leighton, whose Pancake Party I covered earlier, was Viv’s first interviewee. Viv decided to take up the voluntary position because she appreciated the concept of Timebank and she also wanted to get a hands-on approach to learning more about the art of story-telling. 

Viv remembers going around to Marion’s house to pick up a kilo of her famous healthy, sugar-free muesli and ended up staying for dinner. Talking to Marion and Quentin about Timebank and the good food they were eating, Viv also learnt about the draft version of Marion’s Recipe Book focusing on recipes for a healthier eating regime. It soon became obvious that Viv could exchange trades by doing some proof-reading. 

Viv says she doesn’t offer that many trades as she earned lots of credits through writing the blog, but she has done some proof-reading and some writing for other people. In return she has received some delicious home-made Indian meals, chakra balancing and of course … the muesli.

What Viv really enjoys about Timebank is the interaction she has with people beyond her own immediate community. She recognises that she has built up a rapport with people of different ages from a variety of living situations, far greater than is usual, because of this involvement. She would encourage people still considering joining to take the plunge. ‘Don’t think you have to have excelling or unique skills … what is unique is your involvement,’ she adds. She also feels that the tip she was given at the beginning, ‘it’s ok to get into (Timebank) debt,’ is a number 1 rule.

Viv has been really happy with her involvement: it has always felt really good, it’s a nice way to meet people and, loving food, she has received some great food transfers. You certainly get to access whole areas that you might not otherwise come across and there isn’t the money boundary, which is so often a limiting factor in other walks of life.

Volunteering to write the blog turned out to be an excellent decision for Viv. She was really interested in listening and telling people’s stories and she met numerous warm and inviting people. She certainly learnt a lot about the story-writing craft and discovered her own talent. So much so, that she has become increasingly involved in writing and blogging and now writes for Enspiral Tales. It was great to meet Viv and be able to share the creativity and satisfaction we have both discovered through sharing people’s stories and, of course, I’ll have no problems finding someone to proof this story before it hits the Wellington Timebank Newsletter.

Story by Sue Jenkins

Finalist - Wellington Airport Community Awards 2016


Exciting News ! Wellington Timebank is a Finalist in the Wellington Airport Community Awards 2016.

Well done Timebankers - it is your Time and efforts that have contributed to the communal impact we make on our city. Keep it up. 

Pancake Party

Pancake Party! 


Marion Leighton and Quentin Abrahams’ Pancake Party has become something of a legend in Newtown …

but how did it all begin?

Marion says that back in the UK she had always celebrated Shrove Tuesday with close family and friends, but when she moved to New Zealand each Easter would arrive and she realised she was missing pancake day, which isn’t really celebrated out here. The tradition of Shrove Tuesday goes back millennia, with European cultures having a party six weeks before the lunar Easter festival and then an enforced fast, because of the scarcity of food. As Christianity spread through Europe, the church appropriated this holiday and the fasting period became known as Lent. For Christians, Lent symbolises the 40-day period that Jesus fasted in the desert and, accordingly, they try to give up something they like eating during this time. Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent, was the day to eat up all the luxury foods in the house, like eggs, flour and milk, before the fast began. Pancakes, therefore became an obvious party food and pancake competitions and races are still held all over the UK at this time.

To get the celebration on their calendar in New Zealand, well in advance, Marion and Quentin arranged to have a party with a small group of friends. ‘Everyone had such a good time and there was a great demand to do it again the next year, so we did and we invited some more people and … it seems to have grown and grown,’ says Marion. They have had about 12 parties now, and they always coincide with Shirley’s, (Marion’s mother) annual visits to New Zealand: Shirley being head-chef!

Although, they have always had help from friends, Shirley has been central to the party, so when she was unable to visit last year, Marion had the brainwave of asking Timebankers to step into the brink. She had Timebankers, including Viv Askey, preparing, cooking, greeting guests and washing up and it certainly helped the evening run smoothly and proved to be a lot of fun as well!

Marion says, ‘It worked brilliantly and so this year, even though Shirley was back at the helm, I asked for help again.’ It certainly must have been a success because, on average, for the last 5 years they have used about 45 eggs during the parties, but this year they cracked a record 72 … and that’s a lot of pancakes!  

Viv responded to Marion’s advertisement to lend a hand, offering to greet guests and do some washing up and ultimately ended up eating quite a few pancakes! She remembers being impressed with the organisation of the event and the way in which people from different walks of life, nurses, dancers, Timebankers all intertwine. She also feels that the children have a safe environment, with a toy room and loads of entertainment. Marion admits that some of her neighbour’s children have been known to turn down other parties in order to attend the pancake party, partly because the food is so good and there are lots of toys, games and other children.

The party usually starts at 4pm, so friends with small children and shift-workers finishing work can pop in around tea-time and then goes on with music, dancing and the party buzz until it finally quietens down to conversations. The cooking continues until everyone stops eating – usually about 9-10pm. By that time between 150-200 people have chomped their way through oh-so-many pancakes! The most popular fillings tend to be spinach and tofu, mushroom and feta and potato masala, although the children love cheesy mash. Berry coulis and lemons are always on hand for the more traditional toppings, and guests generally bring their own personal favourite.  This tends to lead to some interesting combinations and taste trialling – some impressive imaginations are also revealed!   

 Viv took a friend along to the party as she had just moved back to Wellington after 3 years away. She was hoping it would help her friend get to know a few people, but her hopes were far exceeded: during the evening her friend got a new job and a place to live! That’s what can happen when you involve yourself with Timebank!

Great fun, but a lot of organizing and hard work so how can we be sure that the pancake party will remain on the calendar? Well, Marion and Quentin love to be able to invite all their friends around and not worry about how many chairs they have and how much food to provide. Marion says the pancakes are made with cheaper ingredients and they only make as much as they need so it isn’t expensive. They have seen their friends become expert pancake-chefs and the newbies come up with some exceptional shapes and sizes with their first attempts. The best things about the pancake party are that there are always things for people to get involved in and everybody can make new friends and talk to interesting people.

With the hosts’ enthusiasm and the willingness of the Timebank volunteers, I think we can safely expect to see the Pancake Party put in an appearance on the calendar, for some considerable time to come. A moveable feast indeed!  

Story by Sue Jenkins




Enduring Friendship

Enduring Friendship

What might have started out as a simple trade - a drive around the Bays of Wellington - has certainly stood the test of time and turned into an enduring friendship. Bakhtawar and Dorothy have been taking their three-weekly drives out to Shelley Bay and the surrounding area for just over three years now, and they are still enjoying each other’s company.

Although they sometimes visit the shopping malls, Pataka Art Museum in Porirua or the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt; stopping off at a café for a drink and a bite to eat is always on the menu! And they find plenty to talk about what with their families, work and the activities they have been involved in during the intervening weeks. One very strong link in common is both having family overseas: Dorothy’s in Australia and Bakhtawar’s in Mumba, India. Bakhtawar has lived in New Zealand for 16 years now, but has recently been back to India to visit her family and carry out meditation in Rajasthan. Dorothy comments, ‘It is interesting to find out about different cultures and their customs.’   ut as a simple trade - a drive around the Bays of Wellington - has certainly stood the test of time and turned into an enduring friendship. Bakhtawar and Dorothy have been taking their three-weekly drives out to Shelley Bay and the surrounding area for just over three years now, and they are still enjoying each other’s company.

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Bakhtawar, who has a very busy and demanding job, has received sewing trades and had meals cooked for her fairly often. Dorothy also remembers a couple of times when she had the car cleaned, but Bakhtawar says that request doesn’t get a response very often! Dorothy enjoys exchanging her proof-reading skills; looking at CVs and sometimes checking Hannah’s writing after her trips to India.

And after 3 years getting to know one another what qualities do each appreciate in the other? Dorothy says Bakhtawar is kind, friendly and generous; she often wont take the petrol money offered. And Bakhtawar finds Dorothy easy to talk to and is interested in the things that she does, especially her community involvement and membership of the church in Newtown.  Dorothy, a Timebank member for 3 years, recommends the organisation as it has helped her get to know people.  She, along with her cat Samuella the second (a good mouse-catcher) have 2 other regular visitors from Timebank, providing her with much-valued company. As she has never owned a car she enjoys the drives which get her out of the house and, of course, the lovely companionship of Bakhtawar. Bakhtawar, also on her own, joined when it started and agrees that it has helped her to meet new and interesting people.


Another interest in common is Chocolate Fish! The café, busy in summer and winter alike, is where we end up today and where Bakhtawar and Dorothy are well known by the café staff. It’s a firm favourite with Bakhtawar because it can be relied upon to serve up healthy veggie options. The rather impressive-looking Coconut Chia Pudding, which she tucks into with relish, is definitely a testament to that! Meanwhile, Dorothy has ordered a cheese-toastie, which I later discover comes with a free ‘chocolate fish.’ And so I get to find out about another Kiwi tradition. The popular fish-shaped confection, pink or white marshmallow covered with a thin layer of milk chocolate with ripples for scales, was commonly given to children for a job well done! Dorothy also tells me that it used to be ‘old-time New Zealand lolly!

As I leave these friends chatting about the bathroom and kitchen windows Dorothy is having replaced and hear Bakhtawar’s caring concern as she acknowledges the disruption that it will involve, I have to agree … what better to do on a sunny Saturday afternoon than take the scenic route around the Bays, with your friend.

The Great Maiden's Blush - Movie fundraiser

Shelali’s Home-made Indian Cooking

It was great to catch up with Shelali at her home on Monday morning, especially as she had already started cooking and the aromas that were emanating from the kitchen were conjuring up many memories. I’m not sure why so many of my memories of India are provoked through wafts of cooking fragrances … maybe it’s just because the food is so good! Anyway, this provided a lovely backdrop to hear all about the Timebank trading between Shelali and Andrew.

Shelali joined Timebank when she arrived in New Zealand in June 2013. Initially, working in a voluntary capacity, was a good introduction to finding full-time employment and Shelali has volunteered at the Sustainability Trust and in an administration capacity at Timebank. Shelali’s help in signing people up for Timebank has been invaluable; interviewing prospective Timebankers, completing the reference and police-check procedures, setting up profiles and answering questions to do with registering and using the website. It was at my own interview that I first met Shelali, learning so much about the organisation and encountering the enthusiasm that people share about the concept and the numerous types of exchanges.

Shelali generally offers Indian cooking as her trade and it was one such offer that caught Andrew’s eye. Although Andrew has since moved to the South Island he said, ‘It was amazing, probably the best offer ever put on Timebank.’ From the end of June 2014, Andrew who was busy with work commitments, started to receive a weekly meal, which Shelali had cooked in her own home. This trade proved the test of time, lasting for about 6-8 months, although there were gaps whilst either of them were away from Wellington for short spells. Andrew really appreciated the cooking because, as he says, ‘I got to have delightful home-cooked Indian food, the sort of stuff you wouldn't find on a restaurant menu. This was because India has so many different regional cuisines and Shelali was usually cooking things from her home region.’

The dish of the day today is Pandengi Kajipu; literally translated that’s sprouts curry! Shelali ticks off the ingredients as: coconut oil, mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves, garlic, tomatoes, sprouts (which she normally soaks overnight,) coconut milk and salt … oh and that ‘secret Indian ingredient’ – garam masala made by Shelali’s mom … for that touch of magic! Shelali always explained to Andrew the ingredients she had included in each meal and, as he remembers, She was also very nice about warning me if something might be hot, although I reassured her that ‘hot’ was preferable.’ 

When I asked Shelali what had made her decide to offer cooking as her trade she admitted, ‘In all honesty I hated cooking.’ However, when she first met Shri, her husband, she found that neither of them cooked and she didn’t enjoy eating out all the time. She says that, slowly, she picked up on it and, increasingly, started cooking and baking for others. She soon realised that more than cooking for herself, it was cooking for others that made her happy. ‘There are just so many ingredients that you can make meals with, that I just never stop cooking…’ Like that old adage ‘sharing is caring’ that she learnt at school, Shelali believes that if you think you have a little bit more of a skill than is required for yourself, then you should simply share it with others.   

Shelali has really valued the sense of ‘togetherness’ at Timebank; she feels that whatever people’s background there are no judgements and everybody is accepted for who they are, with all trades being given equal priority. She has enjoyed engaging with people, giving a helping hand and making friendships.

Perhaps the last few words should go to Andrew, who writes, ‘I hadn't imagined such a situation when I joined Timebank, but I'm really glad that Shelali posted the offer and that I responded to it.


I think there will be a lot more people willing to respond to this trade in the future and maybe we might even find out more about ‘Mom’s garam masala!’

Mark & Belinda and the Bees

Honey Bees, Hives and More!

Having joined Timebank just after Christmas as a volunteer to cover stories of people’s trades, it seems fitting that my first trade should be a fact-finding mission delving into the lives of bees with Mark and Belinda Hodson. Why so fitting? Well … it was during a conversation with Mark, as we walked around the city shortly after my arrival here, that I was first introduced to the concept of Timebank. I remember editing a very short book on bees, years ago, and finding it interesting, but this was nothing in comparison to what I learnt last week.

Belinda and Mark of Tawa have been members of Timebank for 2 years and their knowledge and enthusiasm about bees has led them to give a couple of public talks, raising money for Timebank.  They have offered Timebank members advice on bees and bee-keeping, and growing fruit and veges.

Mark remembers when, as a young child of 10, his father bought a couple of hives as a hobby. Mark helped work the bees when he was still at school and then during holidays from University; his father having become a commercial bee-keeper by then.  When Belinda and Mark met bee-keeping became a shared interest. Once they married and bought a property, they got beehives of their own. They have developed their garden so it is particularly bee and insect friendly with plants flowering all year round so that the bees always have plenty to eat.

I was fascinated to learn that whilst the colonies of bumble bees generally consist of fifty individuals, with honey bees we are talking thousands! In fact, during the winter the honey bee hive requires about 2-3 thousand bees to keep it going, but in the summer, when the nectar is being produced this figure swells to anything between 60 and 100 thousand bees. Mark says, ‘Just think, thousands of them and they never collide as far as I can tell. They must have their own traffic-control system going on!’  With each worker bee’s life span being typically about 42 days - that’s some air traffic-control system, in my book!    

It is quicker to just buy hives complete, but you can increase hive numbers organically. Mark explains that if you think of each hive as a living organism which reproduces by swarming, it can then organically be split into two. The bees raise a new Queen themselves; the mother of the hive who will lay the eggs which become worker bees.  The existing Queen then takes half of the bees from the original to establish the second hive.

Maybe, you might be interested in keeping your own bees? Belinda and Mark calculate you need to be able to set aside about $1,000. That will cover the cost of the colony, woodwork for the hive, a smoker and protective gear. Joining the Wellington Beekeepers Association is also really important. The Association gives monthly talks and potential beekeepers can develop expertise without actually owning their own hives.

Belinda and Mark joined Timebank originally after visiting a friend in Wanaka who was heavily involved in setting up a similar scheme there. They were interested in the ‘community-building’ aspect and meeting people who share an interest in community values. They also liked the radical idea that an hour of their time was worth an hour of someone else’s time, regardless of the nature of the skills on offer.

As well as benefiting from trading with others, being Timebankers has saved them around $300 per year on their power bill after having a full energy audit on their home. They also learned that their garden is full of edible and delicious weeds, learned how to make lip balm and deodorant and more recently got advice on developing a website for Belinda’s business.


I found this hour’s discussion really fascinating and I think I’m well on my way to being able to distinguish the bumble bee from the honey bee … can you?

Crafting with KJ and Beeswax


Why might you grab your iron, some pretty material off-cuts, a roll of greaseproof paper and … some beeswax? Read on reader, read on, for beeswax-wrap-knowhow!

When it comes to crafting I think KJ is a bit of an expert; not only does she seem to be a dab hand at most things ‘crafty,’ but her problem-solving ability (she’s not an events’ manager for nothing!) means that she is always looking to improve upon suggested techniques.

My brief described what seemed to be an intriguing trade and, although I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, after chatting to KJ for half an hour I was all in favour of sustainable and very decorative cling-film. That might be ‘glad-wrap’ to all you readers – and certainly a suitably attractive name for KJ’s colourful home-made gifts!

Initially, a friend spotted these home-made gifts and suggested they would be a great thing for KJ to try out. Not one to refuse a challenge, she made some for the No Sh*t Gift Shop last November and they sold out within the hour! Being so popular, she agreed to hold a workshop. 

Just before Christmas Heather Brown attended this workshop. She said, 'KJ was very organized, welcoming and generous with her home and resources! Not only did I learn a great new skill and make some excellent presents, but I also really enjoyed spending the afternoon crafting with two lovely ladies!’

According to KJ the wraps are relatively cheap to make. Apart from the beeswax, you can use left-over material off-cuts (she uses 100% cotton) and the necessary equipment – iron, greaseproof paper, grater - is generally found at home. Because the beeswax moulds really well when it is just warm, it will wrap ingredients like cheese or mould over bowls and jars of food. The wraps wipe down and can make stunningly attractive presents.

KJ loves learning through experimentation and finds that Timebank is a great way for traders to pass on their knowledge and expertise. Of the numerous trades she has made in her 4 years’ membership she particularly values the ones involving skin-care products and making jewellery. Both of these were areas that she wanted to get involved in but realised that, without experience, the initial outlay might be unnecessarily expensive. Expertise and a little encouragement from a couple of Timebankers gave her confidence and that friendly helping hand to take the plunge! 

If you have been intrigued by the beeswax wraps and you now feel the urge to roll up your sleeves and have a go … contact KJ, through Timebank, and she’ll do another workshop! My advice: plunder that box of material oddments and – book early!

Story by Sue Jenkins

Trading Tales: Unique Timebank


Pip Payne and Sylvie Froncek are both long-time Timebank members.

Pip, a graphic designer, remembers helping to design some of the original forms when the project started back in 2011 and Sylvie joined in 2013, when she first moved to Wellington as a way of getting more involved in the community. Both really value what they consider to be unique aspects of Timebank and have benefitted from the trades and the more hidden gems it offers.
Pip is in the process of doing up his house in Aro Valley and Sylvie answered one of his requests for help with exterior painting. Sylvie soon found herself enjoying a couple of hours during the afternoon painting, whilst listening to ‘moth radio podcasts’ and consuming ‘large pots of white tea.’ (That’s black tea with milk and no sugar - as the British would say!) She says it is a really pleasant feeling to know you are making progress with something, even if it’s someone else’s project. Pip says he feels that the window that Sylvie painted has almost become hers, as she really owned the work.
He says he could have taken on students on job-search to do the work for say $15, but there is something different about Timebank trades. People can develop, maybe just for the duration of the work, a relationship that is strong and real – something that, were money introduced into the equation, would subtly change its nature. 

Offering help with CVs has proved very popular and it is Pip’s way of giving back to the community. He has received so many things as a Timebank member, but amongst those that immediately spring to mind is the special paella cooked and delivered by a fellow Timebanker, which was shared with his daughter to celebrate the birth of her baby.  He values all of the contributions he has had whilst renovating the house, as he feels it is a daunting task to be alone with such a project. Having someone to share the work and challenges, even for short periods of time, is a real bonus. And the highly-prized wooden structure, shoring up the earth bank under which I am, safely, sitting in Pip’s sunny garden, was the result of another trade, where the builder’s structural knowledge helped Pip carry out the work. He knows he wouldn’t have done it without her!
Bicycle enthusiast, Sylvie, is more than happy to offer anything related to cycles. That includes; repairs, repair lessons, riding lessons and trouble-shooting any kind of biking-problems. In return she’s received salsa-dancing lessons, which she says ‘in numerous ways shaped my love of Wellington.’ She feels she has learnt more about Wellington’s culture, politics, activities and events through dance lessons than through anything else.  
Pip believes that there are a lot of people out there with skills and knowhow that they have learnt over the years that they don’t even realise they possess. Some are tricks-of-the-trade that will be lost if we don’t pass them on.  He would encourage people to go ahead and offer what they can, even if it appears really simple.
Whilst Timebank seems to be unique in the simple exchange of one hour’s skill for another hour’s totally different, but equally valued skill, both agree that it also helps people come together as a community and is a ‘beautiful way to meet people and learn from each other.’ 
Story by Sue Jenkins

Hi-Five for Friendship!

Hariata is a firm believer in serendipity and so it came as no real surprise to her that someone in the timebank was offering photographic skills just as she was looking for someone to take a much needed yoga photograph.

Meeting up with Clarissa at the Botanical Gardens, a backdrop for the photography trade, Hariata discovered an earnest photographer and also a brave and energetic young woman setting out on a new life in the city.

Hariata’s enthusiasm for Wellington and desire to help, led her to enthuse about all the fun and interesting things to do, suddenly realising that Clarissa’s first language was Portuguese. Hariata arranged a ‘Café Crawl’ with other timebank members and made Clarissa’s welcome to the city official! Hariata really enjoyed Clarissa’s company, recognising a ‘terrific person with lots of skills.’ The introduction to café-culture Wellington-style, certainly ‘blew Clarissa out of the water.’ She reminisced about the café crawl, Hariata’s friends and meeting up with a woman with ‘tremendous energy, who has listened to her through difficult times and heard her recount her nostalgia for her home in Brazil.’ 

Whilst a lovely friendship has formed between the two, they are meticulous in still logging their trades through Timebank. Hariata explains that this is all about being a good Timebank member, remaining loyal to the Timebank community and ensuring that the Wellington City Council will continue to support the Co-ordinator’s role financially. She says it’s not uncommon to build friendships through Timebank, but it’s important to acknowledge that you probably wouldn’t have met up in the first place if it hadn’t been for the trade.

Their most recent trade has helped Hariata to improve her website design. She was initially going to attend a course, but there was a waiting list and it proved more helpful and rewarding to have someone you know work with you. Clarissa has benefitted from the life-coaching she has received, becoming more calm and grounded. Putting the trade through Timebank, continues to show how much they still value the project and each other’s skills.

Hariata has received tomato plants, her first scoby for making Kombucha, computer help and a million haircuts, through Timebank trades, but she couldn’t single one out in preference to another as each have held their own special value and helped her to learn. Clarissa, who joined Timebank almost as soon as she arrived in Wellington in September 2014, has really valued the organised events, like the ‘Conversation Dinners.’ She remembers the first occasion when she volunteered, where the tables were set out and everybody brought a dish. The menu on everybody’s plate listed a series of questions, one each for entrée, main and dessert. And everybody just started eating and talking. A real ice-breaker and a great way for strangers to meet and get to know each other! 

Hariata feels that people have been trading skills informally for generations, but the computer and Timebank have made it so much easier to get the skills you need when you need them and widen your circle of friends and associates within the community. Clarissa believes that her involvement has enabled her to meet up with so many different people, but feels that Wellingtonians have a strong culture for volunteering which has impressed her since her arrival. 

Mutual-trades might not happen all the time, but the mutual friendship flourishing between this pair of enthusiastic traders was great to see!

Story by Sue Jenkins

'No Place Like Home' treasure hunt


On Saturday 13 Feb Newtown was home to a very special kind of Treasure Hunt, revealing, to residents and visitors alike, some hidden treasures lying at the heart of the community.

A beautiful, sunny, Wellington afternoon and children and adults assembled at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre to register for the event; picking up a map with essential clues and preparing for a fun day out! Many of the participants had risen to the challenge of donning fancy dress costume for the occasion. 

Along the route there were many ‘have-a-go activities’ such as: energetic hula-hooping at the Wellington Circus Trust, learning a new dance move at the NZ School of Dance, and the slightly more sedate, but very creative, art-workshop pasta-style at Cicio Cacio Osteria. Some particularly talented youngsters were observed giving it their best shot and certainly enjoying themselves into the bargain.

The Treasure Hunt introduced participants to some of Newtown’s older historical sites such as the older Fever Hospital now the how to the SPCA. The were introduced to the world behind the rising stars of Toi Whakaari and New Zealand School of Dance and tickled their taste buds with a new cold nitro brew at the Peoples Coffee Roastery. Whether it was a visit to the Carrara Park Community Gardens or a sneak peek at Te Kaahui Kohanga Reo, there was certainly something for everyone. 

And a lovely idea at St Anne’s Place of Peace, where the wishing tree could be found. Here, everyone was invited to write down their wish and hang it on the wishing tree. From the very understandable wish for ‘a special pet’ to an extremely poignant wish for ‘the bullies to stop,’ everybody had a chance to express their heartfelt wishes in that lovely, quiet spot. 

The afternoon was rounded off with a free BBQ at Newtown Workingman’s Bowling club and a live performance by Sendam Rawkustra.  

Everyone learnt something new about ‘this place called home,’ during a very well organised and adventurous afternoon. A well-deserved vote of thanks goes to the many people volunteering their time to ensure that the event ran smoothly and maintained a high level of safety. Radiant smiles on the faces of the people positioned at each of the stations along the route and encouraging comments from those assisting with road-crossing helped the participants! A newcomer to Newtown, I certainly enjoyed the tremendous sense of community.   

Fianlly, a big thanks to the event sponsors including Newtown New World, Commonsense Organics Kilbirnie, the Wellington City Council and Thankyou Charitable Trust.

Story by Sue Jenkins

Wellington Timebank job vacancy

The Newtown Community & Cultural Centre is looking for a coordinator to manage the Wellington Timebank and build on past success in an empowering environment with support from a committed steering committee.

The coordinator will manage this young but growing innovative community initiative, under the guidance of a volunteer steering committee. The coordinator will contribute to the Timebank’s strategic direction and use their creativity and initiative to fulfil the mission and vision of the Timebank.

Vision: In our community we look out for each other and embrace diversity.

Mission: Through exchanging skills, time and knowledge we foster relationships of trust and reciprocity. We harness the real wealth of the community and the value of each individual.

We invite you to apply if you have:


  • Experience working in the community sector 
  • Great communicator – written and spoken
  • Passionate about building community
  • Ability to relate to people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and ethnicities
  • Sensitive and compassionate
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and a high level of integrity
  • Good organisation skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Meticulous record keeper
  • Flexible and creative 
  • Great networking skills
  • Good at seeing links and building connections
  • Able to set and maintain good boundaries
  • Strong initiative 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


This job will be 25 hours a week based out of the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre. This role can be shared.

A full job description can be found here

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter to newtown.community.centre@paradise.net.nz

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Interviews are scheduled between 19 - 23rd February. Our preferred start date is Tuesday 29 March 2016 

No Place Like Home volunteering opportunities

We're organising a grand ol' treasure hunt through Newtown offering peeps an adventure that will open doors and take you behind the scenes for a sneak peak at some of Newtown's amazing places. To make this day of adventure a success, we need volunteers!

(all for Saturday 13 February)

Email Hannah at wgtn.timebank@gmail.com if you can help out.

Set up crew x3 from 11.30am - 1.30pm

Help us chalk the streets and greet the peeps! We'll need 3 people to help chalk directions on the footpaths and set up the registration table at the Newtown Community Centre.

Crossing buddies! x12 from 1pm - 3pm

We need 12 volunteers to greet the  treasure hunters at various spots along the map to make sure that they cross the road safely. You will need to be available for the duration of the hunt from 1 - 3pm. You'll be stationed with a buddy. Let me know if you'd like to be partnered with a friend.

Wishing Tree guardians x2 from 1pm - 3pm

One of the activities will be a wishing tree in a local sneakret park. We need 2 volunteers to help treasure hunters take part in this activity. You will be supplied with all the materials.

Photographers x2 from 2.30 - 4.30pm

We'd like to take photographs of the treasure hunters as they return from their hunt (hopefully in fancy dress!) It would be ideal if you had some experience (or a knack for) taking portraits or photographing people.

BBQ helpers x4 from 2pm - 6pm (can be split into 2 shifts)

We'll be hosting a post-adventure BBQ with live music at a local bowling club. We need a few extra hands to help us set up, host and pack up. There will be lots of friendly faces and happy adventurers to keep you company :)

All volunteers are welcome to join us for the free BBQ event with live music.

Wrapping up 2015

This year we hit 650 members at the timebank & been part of 27 events - it's been quite a year! Top of the list was the opportunity to host the founder of timebanking, Dr. Edgar Cahn in Wellington. Hearing his stories and his determination to uphold his lifetime commitment to challenge injustice where ever he saw it was an inspiration for all of us. Earlier in the year we also had a sneaky visit from Martin Simon who established timebanking to the UK. Both of these men were really excited about the form that timebanking has taken in New Zealand and our approach to building community.

We've linked up with some more awesome organisations in Wellington. This year Kaibosh joined the timebank. They do amazing work rescuing food that would be discarded and re-distributing it to those who need it most. Now their volunteers can earn time credits for their hard work sorting food. We also started working with the Soup Kitchen who also work to deliver food to those most in need. It's been so great getting to know more about what these organisations do and meeting the people who work behind the scenes as well as all the awesome volunteers.

Timebankers have been trading up a storm helping each other out with everything from driving lessons to backyard haircuts. I notice a lot of coaching and mentoring being exchanged as people learn to seek help from those with more or different life experiences. Often very practical daily tasks are shared such as cooking meals for people or helping out in the garden. I had three timebankers cook me meals at my busiest time of the year which meant that I got to eat healthy food rather than just toast (my usual food on the run!)

Next year there will be some changes as Hannah will be leaving the role of Coordinator in April. Having been in this position since the day the timebank was launched, we're looking forward to handing it over and seeing what energy and direction someone else will bring to the role. We will be advertising the position at the end of January 2016 so keep an eye out!

In the meantime, have a wonderful summer break. 

Pop Up Gift Shop - 28 November 2015

Film Fundraiser: Ever the Land


Wellington Timebank annual film fundraiser presents...

For those of you who missed Ever the Land at this year's Film Festival, this documentary is a must see.

Ever the Land is a documentary that explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand's most passionately independent Māori tribes, Ngai Tūhoe.

“...Gorgeous, elegant, and breath-halteringly profound.” Flicks.co.nz

Lighthouse Cuba
Thursday 5th November
Welcome from 5.30pm. Movie at 6.30pm
Tickets $25

Tickets can be bought from the Newtown Community Centre – 389 4786 or renee.nccc@clear.net.nz

Edgar Cahn, Father of Timebanking, visits Wellington

I had the pleasure of spending a few days traipsing around with Edgar Cahn as he proceeded to inspire people from all walks of life around Wellington. At a dinner with the Steering Committee on his first night in town we each introduced ourselves and I marvelled at how he took the time to reply to each person picking out parts of their story that were relevant to him and then returning a tale of some aspect of his long and adventurous life.

When he was little his father told him that “Justice” is a concept that is too hard to define, however injustice is something that we are all capable of seeing (or feeling, as it may be). From a young age he has been committed to fighting injustice wherever he sees it. As such, he is a true believer in people being trouble-makers as long as you’re causing trouble for the right reasons. It also means that he has many, many tales to tell.

While here he spoke with interested folk at the In Good Company co-working space and met with the wāhine of Kahungugu Whānau Services - an organisation that supports whānau in Wellington. There was a firestorm of ideas that came out of that small hui and I'm excited about the potential pathways for working together resulting from that.

Edgar Cahn has set up timebanking as a way to encourage a movement of people who respond to injustice, who believe in true democracy and who are committed to the principles of kindness, generosity and love. He says that life is not about what you do while you are here, but about the things that you set in motion. 

In Wellington he spoke to an audience of about 250 people. Afterwards he told us with great excitement that it was the single largest audience he had ever spoken to on the topic of timebanking. He was thrilled with the opportunity to come to Aotearoa and see his vision in action in a place so far away from his home. He already has plans to bring his wife back here.

You watch a video of him speaking in Wellington here.

We waved him off at the airport as he headed down to Christchurch to celebrate the Lyttelton Timebank’s 10th anniversary and learn about the power of this social tool in building resilient communities when faced with large-scale disasters.

Big thanks to the ever generous Marion & Quentin for hosting our famous guest in their home. And to the Wellington City Council & Paul Eagle for supporting the event.

Which Supplements?

Are you keen on having the best health possible? Feel bewildered by the wall of supplements at the chemist or health food shop? Do you have specific medical problems and wonder if supplements coud help?

Come along to this talk and find out the evidence behind the hype. Learn how to make a discerning choice in the supplements aisle.

Presented by Dr Marion Leighton
Specialist Physician with an interest in well being, prevention of illness and management of chronic diseases.

When: Tuesday 15 September, 6pm - 7.30pm
Where: Newtown Community & Cultural Centre
Cost: $10

RSVP here: https://chalkle.com/wellingtontimebank/which-supplements/11920

This talk is a fundraiser for the Wellington Timebank.

Public Talk: Edgar Cahn, Founder of Timebanking

Widely known as the father of timebanking, Dr Edgar Cahn is visiting New Zealand for the first time. 

Tuesday 1st September, 5.30 - 6.30pm, Mac’s Function Centre (Taranaki St Wharf)
RSVP by Friday 28 August at: http://attending.io/events/edgar-cahn-timebanking-founder

A self declared humanitarian from birth, Edgar Cahn has dedicated his life to fighting injustice and poverty. A distinguished legal professor, former speech writer to Robert F. Kennedy and the founder of Timebanking and the Co-production principle, this man has a remarkable story. 

The Wellington Timebank, with support from the Wellington City Council and Air NZ, is delighted to be hosting a public talk with Dr. Edgar Cahn. His talk will introduce and deepen your understanding of both Timebanking and Co-production as a principle for strengthening the social sector. There will be a Q&A and a chance to mingle afterwards.

Eloquent, passionate and with a spontaneous sense of humour, Edgar Cahn is renowned for inspiring audiences with a powerful vision of a compassionate and fair society.

Contact: wgtn.timebank@gmail.com

A place to stay

Imagine if we all had the philosophy of asking others in our amazing timebank community to help first, before asking anywhere else.

Sarah from the Lyttelton Timebank lives by this philosophy, and so when she and her family wanted to visit Wellington during the school holidays to escape the winter of the South, putting up a request on the Wellington Timebank for a house to stay was a no-brainer.

Joe lives in Newtown and was heading away for a week. She saw Sarah’s request and thought Sarah and her family would be great house-sitters, as well as dog and chicken-sitters. Chutney the dog loved having Sarah’s two kids to play with too! The trade was a fantastic one, Chutney had friends and didn’t go hungry, and it gave Sarah and her family the opportunity to visit Wellington without paying for a week’s accommodation.

The Lyttelton Timebank has been around for ten years, and is a fantastic model of how a timebank functions when it is fully integrated within a community. Sarah is one of the co-ordinators for the Lyttelton Timebank. She joined two years ago and started by offering up the simple skill of editing, a skill she had always had and overlooked. She soon fell into editing and reviewing books for the Lyttelton LIFT (Living Economies Inspirational Facts Transition) library. It may not have been a unique or fancy skill, but it was sure useful and helpful to a lot of timebankers who wrote stories and needed an editor.

This small start burgeoned into a full-on immersive timebank life for Sarah and her family. Sarah now works to connect many of the local schools around the Lyttelton and Diamond Harbour to the Timebank. This is a wonderful way for the school kids to connect with different members of the community they may not otherwise have the opportunity to know. Sarah is inspired by the Wellington Timebanks Feast for Strangers conversation dinners, and would love to see a similar thing bringing people together in Lyttelton.

Getting back to the philosophy, it connects directly to Sarah’s vision of collaboration between the Lyttelton and Wellington Timebanks.  Imagine if we could always have another community in another part of New Zealand to turn to.  This successful house-sit trade shows the capacity of trust and honesty that timebankers have; we literally invite people into our homes (for not just a cup of tea, but to stay for the week!). This might be the start of a great new friendship between the Wellington and Lyttelton Timebanks. 


This trading tale is brought to you by Vivienne Askey 

Timebank to the rescue!


Lisa loves cooking for people. It’s her way of getting down time from her job. She can spend hours in her kitchen, cooking and staring intermittently out over Island Bay. She realised that while she loves to cook, she often doesn’t have people to cook for, and what is the point of having cooked food in the house if there is no-one to eat it?

Anj and Kiri use the Timebank as a duo. Kiri puts the offers up on the website, and Anj organises the trades. This saves them time and they get to mutually benefit from the trades. Earlier this year, Anj was scheduled for foot surgery with a six week recovery time. Unfortunately, Kiri was going to be overseas at the time and unable to help Anj by cooking meals for her. Kiri pictured Anj going hungry, with legs in casts, sitting on the kitchen floor, desperately trying to open a can of baked beans with her teeth…

...until... Timebank to the rescue!

Anj and Kiri put out a request for cooked meals through the timebank, and Lisa’s two messages of “yes please!” won them over. They sent Lisa through a list of dietary requirements. In exchange, Lisa emailed a list of meal ideas, listing ingredients and with photos. Three meals were chosen and Lisa cooked them all up on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Anj provided Lisa with containers and a bag of fresh walnuts from the tree in her garden.

Lisa loved the trade, it felt like a challenge having to think outside the square and cook creatively when there were dietary restrictions. Anj and Kiri were stoked with the three delicious dishes, and Anj definitely did not go hungry. The three dishes made twelve meals, and there are still some in the freezer (I even got to take a meal home when I visited Anj and Kiri and it was delicious!).

This trade shows that you don’t have to have a unique or special skill to be part of the Timebank. Even the most simple thing - cooking somebody a meal - can make a huge different in someone's life. Being able to help someone when they need it is a way that everyone can contribute to the Timebank, and you are bound to feel happier by helping others out!

This Trading Tale is brought to you by Vivienne Askey

Neighbourly Love


Do you own a small patch of outside space in suburbia and long for a bigger space? Maybe you wish your kids could have a treehouse or a sandpit to muck around in? Perhaps you’d love that extra space to grow some vegetables? If you get on well with your neighbours then there is the potential  to create a great community  resource. Collectively you could decide to get rid of  fences which separate your properties and share some garden space and  resources. For example, garden tools, storage sheds, tree huts,etc. Through sharing part of your outside space with others everyone can get a little more of what they need. 

Want to know more? Click on this link to read an article full of suggestions for sharing  your outside space and resources with your neighbours.

For some like minded individuals the values of sharing, sustainability and supporting community development can be actioned on a daily basis  through the concept of cooperative housing. People drawn to this way of living experience a greater sense of safety, belonging, and social connectedness.

One of the  main features of co-operative  housing is homes are re-configured so their backyards flow out to a large common area. Residents still retain some private space. Shared facilities such as vegetable gardens, beehives, compost bins, tool shed, picnic tables, bike shed, laundry and a  common lounge become part of the community landscape. Social aspects often involve regular dinners and shared childminding.

In New Zealand two successful working models are The Peterborough Housing Co-operative in central Christchurch and EarthSong Eco Housing in West Auckland. The Otakaro Land Trust was formed in 1981 and owns the five houses on the land which form the Peterborough Cooperative. The residents rent their homes from the Trust and have the opportunity to become participating members of the Trust.  Residents self manage the co-operative which also involves deciding on  potential new residents.

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Eco Housing Earth Song is situated in Ranui, West Auckland  and comprises of thirty  two  homes. This Eco neighbourhood is world famous being a finalist in the 2009 World Habitat Awards and UN Habitat Awards. Earth Song residents are keen to share their knowledge about  co-housing  and sustainable living with the public and offer tours four times a year check out 

 Earth Song is super energy efficient with features such as passive solar design and solar water heating. Rainwater is collected and gravity fed for various uses within the community. Permaculture principles underpin everything from site design to edible and companion planting. Organic waste is composted by the residents and provides nourishment for the garden. There is a shared common room which has a large kitchen and dining area. Teams of residents cook meals for the village twice a week,but it is optional to attend.

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EarthSong has featured on New Zealand television, click on the following links and you will get to see  these  stunning eco homes in their surrounds.  Including  an insight as to what  motivated some of the  residents to choose  Earthsong as  their home.   

My House My Castle
Earthsong Eco  Neighbourhood


2500 hours

It's National Volunteer Week; and 2500 is the number of hours that volunteers have given to the timebank. So, I want to (metaphorically) shout from the rooftops and take this opportunity to tell you about these amazing folk.

The faces in the photos above are the people who volunteer weekly doing everything from admin to membership support to organising events and supporting timebankers to trade. They tune in with those most isolated in our communities just to say hi. They encourage people to use their skills to help others and to ask for help when they need it. From a personal perspective, they make all the difference in a job where I would otherwise be working alone. These guys rule!

 I'm lucky enough to be supported by a volunteer Steering Committee - a group of 10 community members who put aside time from their very busy lives to help direct the timebank and provide governance support to my role as the Coordinator. We get together once a month and eat soup, laugh and plan for the day when timebanking is the biggest thing since sliced bread in Wellington. 

The timebank is also used by an increasing number of organisations that also wouldn't exist without the help of volunteers. This year we have welcomed Kaibosh and the Soup Kitchen to the timebanking community. Their volunteers now earn time credits for their volunteering efforts which they can then use to trade in the timebank. They've used their hours for all kinds of goodness including tree trimming, carpet laying and massage - just the ticket after a days volunteering.

So I just want to say a big YOU'RE AWESOME! to all the volunteers out there and thank you from the bottom of my big beating heart.

How Marion changed Richard’s life

Within the Timebank, time can either fly or go slow, but an hour remains an hour. For Richard, his two hour meet with Marion a year ago has provided him with invaluable advice that he is still following today.

Richard is gluten-intolerant, and a year ago was having trouble finding foods that wouldn't upset his tum. He switched to eating foods that didn't contain gluten, and ate a lot of 'gluten free' products, such as bread and breakfast cereals. However, he found that still his old problems were returning...it was like he hadn't stopped eating gluten at all.

So he contacted Marion, a physician by trade and a Newtown local. Marion offers her skills as a health professional to the Timebank by way of nutrition and sport advice, and also makes her infamous muesli. The ethos behind her contribution to the Timebank is based on a few different things: it is centred in her neighbourhood, it fulfils her wish of getting to know people in her suburb, and in turn she feels “happier and healthier to be connected to her community”. The Timebank also enables her to contribute skills that aren't always easily accessible. She specifically offers diet advice to people who are already living healthily, and can offer ways to improve their health within achievable parameters.

The consultation was a two hour meet at Monterey, with many notes on the brown paper that covers the tables there. It involved a breakdown of Richard's food and health history, a lesson on what makes up a healthy diet, and suggestions of what to eat and what to definitely avoid. So, with a new approach to eating greens, Richard went away to change his eating habits for a second time.

And did Marion's advice work? Yes! Richard had such a change in his life (and his digestive system) that he wrote a blog post about it: “I feel like I’m much more aware of what’s going on in my body and what I can do about it too.”

The conversation Marion and Richard had has a far more intrinsic value than simply swapping an hour for an hour. It shows how simple connections and sharing knowledge between people who are willing to share can be incredibly meaningful. The Timebank gives us the unique opportunity to get to the heart of a person quickly and learn a little bit more about the people living in Wellington.

Marion wanted to know if her advice to Richard was still being followed a year on, commenting that making nutrition and lifestyle changes are only truly worth it if they are sustained. Richard says they are. His breakfast is now leafy greens and seeds, and the “lasting change is that Marion's knowledge and advice has given me more control of my own digestive health. I'm now more self-aware and know what to try if I'm not feeling well.”

Read more on Richard’s blogpiece: Happy Guts 

Story by Vivienne Askey

Pedal Power – Inspiration from New York and Wellington’s Bicycle Experts


Advocating for improved biking conditions is nothing new for an environmental group based in New York City called Time’s Up! These avid bike enthusiasts are all about living in a less toxic and more sustainable environment. They are community minded and are particularly concerned with protecting public spaces from increasing privatisation. The members of Time’s Up! believe that biking is a great way to promote community spirit and sustainability. Here are just a few of their creative group rides.

The Doggie Pedal Parade: promoting the ways that bikes can be adapted to allow your pet to travel on board, as well as spreading the message of “adopt a pet”.

The Graffiti Ride: a bike trip showcasing street art, including some of the not so well known. There is also a discussion regarding street art history and its implications.
The Green Apple Ride: An eco-road-trip which explores greenways, riversides, green building sites and solar energy projects.
For Time’s Up! members, riding in a group proved a safer way to bike, but also became an effective tool for collective action. Pro-biking celebrations known as “critical mass rides” originated in San Francisco in September 1992, and it was not long before they started to gain popularity worldwide. A year later in NYC, hundreds of bike enthusiasts began to gather on mass at Times Square on the last Friday of every month.  Their intention ws to promote the idea of non-polluting transport, cycle safety, more bike lanes, and green-minded infrastructure.  At times these pro-bike gatherings were intercepted by the police and they often turned confrontational. The bikers persisted with critical mass rides and eventually safer and greener infrastructures were incorporated into the environs of NYC.
Critical Mass has also spread to some main New Zealand cities such as Wellington & Auckland but has lost some momentum in the last few years.
If you are interested in knowing more about the history of Critical Mass, check out this YouTube clip called "Still We Ride

Time’s Up! also run a bicycle co-op, consisting of  two workshops staffed by volunteer mechanics.  These bike mechanics offer free classes and instructions on how you can fix your own bike. There is also a bike recycling programme, where bikes can be purchased at an affordable cost.
Find out more about Times Up! and their bike workshop at www.timesup.org.
Did you know the Wellington suburb of Te Aro has its own bike champions? Mechanical Tempest DIY Community Bike Shop supports sustainability and biking by recycling and repurposing bike parts. Below is a photo of an amazing chandelier that these bike artists have fashioned out of a bicycle rim and chains.
At Mechanical Tempest you can learn to fix and maintain your bike from the volunteer bike mechanics. You can even borrow a bike!!!  Their workshop is based at Abel Smith Street and    here’s the link to their website http://www.mechanicaltempest.co.nz/about/
The suburb of Newtown has a specialist bike shop called Bicycle Junction. They are the only suppliers in NZ to stock the Brompton folding bike, and they also import cargo bikes. Check them out at http://www.bicyclejunction.co.nz  
Bicycle Junction also supports the “Need For Tweed” group ride in Wellington. The concept originated in London in 2009 – participants must don a tweed item of clothing for the ride. Registration is required and there are prizes for the best dressed.

Timebank Spotlight: Sarah Shore


Sarah makes soft toys out of recycled materials. She wants people to have a really special toy that will be loved and cherished, just like any toy should! 

It was not long after her daughter was born that Sarah joined the Timebank. She liked the concept of time being shared, and the fact that “an hour is an hour” of equal time regardless of the skill.

Two years on, Sarah is still a Timebank member and trades weekly with her neighbour who provides home help and child care for her two little girls. As a teacher at Hataitai Primary, Sarah initially offered her teaching skills to tutor kids after school. However, it is her toy making skills that have been really popular in the Timebank. 

One of Sarah’s favourite trades was when she taught Kaya, the youngest member of the timebank how to make her own toy.

Recently Sarah made a cat for fellow Timebanker, Kate. Kate loved the cat, and Sarah loved knowing the toy she made might live on to become somebody’s favourite toy.

Sarah’s craft of making soft toys has expanded to include a range of animals. When I spoke with her, I was surrounded by a menagerie of cats, dinosaurs, pigs (with detachable piglets), and bunny rabbits, all looking cuddly. Some of the toys are made with a sewing pattern, and some, like the bunnies, have been created from scratch. One bunny takes about four hours to make, she could create a family of bunnies in no time!

Sarah can create toys or teach you how to make your own. She also has a clan of pre-made toy animals ready to be loved. She loves being able to share her skill with others and continue to contribute to the Timebank. If you’re a member of the timebank and you'd like to set up a trade with her, you can contact her through the Community Weaver website.

Story by Vivienne Askey

Love riding your bike?


Love riding your bike? There are plenty of initiatives in Wellington and around New Zealand that promote pedal power!

One such initiative is Go By Bike Day. This annual event encourages everyone, young and old, to ride bicycles. It also promotes the benefits of bike riding.  Yummy free breakfasts (for the bikers!) are often provided as part of this event.

Check out their awesome video of the 2015 Go By Bike Day held recently in Wellington.

Frocks On Bikes is a movement that aims to encourage more women to take up cycling. There’s no pressure to wear lycra as it's not about the speed! Did you know Frocks on Bikes originated in Wellington? They often have days where you can cycle stylishly and casually around the bays. Keep an eye on their website for more info.

Wellington City Council wants to make Wellington a bike friendly city. The council is committed to creating new cycleways, and to upgrade existing cycleways to parking protected kerbside cycle lanes. A feasibility study commissioned by the Wellington City Council found that Island Bay is the most efficient route, and The Parade is the most practical location. The study revealed that a safer bicycle infrastructure would triple the number of cyclists during peak travel time, the flow on effect being less traffic congestion. Once this first stage of the cycleway is established, other destinations along the Southern corridor can be connected.
The cycleway has been a contentious issue, as not everyone supports the proposed changes.
Some councillors have questioned the rationale as to why the cycleway should commence at Island Bay, as opposed to other locations closer to the city centre.
The first round of community consultation closed in May 2014, with the majority of respondents in support of parking protected kerbside cycle lanes.
A second round of consultation began in September 2014, and resulted in some minor changes to the proposed cycleway. 
A third round of consultation, surrounding the legalities required to alter parking spaces & bus stops, took place in December 2014.
As at February 2015, The Transport and Urban Development Committee have passed the proposal onto the full council to consider, as the committee does not have the authority to make the legal changes recommended.
A cycling strategy master plan is now being developed in order for councillors to understand the wider picture. The draft strategy will be considered for approval at a council meeting to be held at the end of April 2015. Once the wider draft cycling strategy is approved in May, councillors will then consider the current Island Bay proposal.  Acceptance of the proposal will mean the work on the Island Bay Cycleway can begin shortly thereafter. 

Watch this space next week for more Wellington cycling stories and some inspiring ideas from overseas!

Money and the Banks

Come along to an informative and engaging discussion about debt, money and the banks.

In this talk, Christian Williams will explain the links between real wealth, money and economic growth. You'll also learn a few tips about how you can minimise the damage caused by a flawed currency system.

When money is created as debt by privately owned banks, our economy is forced to grow beyond its limits, inequality grows, housing becomes unaffordable, and the majority will work hard to pay off continual interest payments. Debt is the slavery of the free.

Cost $10

This talk is hosted by Christin Williams as a fundraiser for the Wellington Timebank.
RSVP here: https://chalkle.com/wellingtontimebank/money-and-the-banks/4663

Trading Tale: Pirates of the Carribean on Piano


I spoke to Ester under the shade of trees at the Aro Valley Fair. We were taking some time out from the crowds after the salsa dancers had dispersed and faded back into the milieu. She began telling me her Trading Tale, about her son Nil and his piano lessons with Victoria...

Ester and her three sons had recently moved to Wellington from Spain. For Ester’s son Nil, the piano teaching trade was a good opportunity to learn how to play the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song and help develop his grasp of the English language. Ester has been a member of the Timebank for a year, and has given Spanish lessons and massages as well as doing gardening and house cleaning. She has enjoyed being a part of the Timebank because it creates a community. As a foreigner, she has found the Timebank a good way to meet people with similar interests. 

Victoria agrees that the Timebank connects people in meaningful ways and helps to share resources sustainably and economically. Victoria has been involved in the Timebank since it began, and she has had help with moving house and learning how to use Wordpress and Excel, as well as receiving fresh gluten-free bread and muesli. She has played the piano at Timebank events and often gives piano lessons to children. She enjoys teaching kids who are really interested in music, kids like Nil!

Victoria answered Ester’s ad for a music teacher for Nil, and enjoyed teaching him because he was very enthusiastic about learning to read music as well as having a creative ear for rhythms. For Nil, after school piano lessons were also an opportunity to learn English one-on-one with Victoria, who was one of the first people Nil had to conduct conversation entirely in English with. Nil could get away with not needing to speak much English at school because he has a Spanish friend there. Victoria and Nil would notate the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song, and Nil’s own musical creations would take flight on paper as she helped notate his freestyle improvisations. Nil has recently become a member of the Wellington Timebank himself, and is now looking to explore more creative pursuits. He is on the lookout for a hip hop dance teacher and Ester would love someone to teach the boys drawing.

Written by Vivienne Askey

Timebanking benefits the young


TY4YP  or Time  for young people was a  successful Welsh time banking model and feasibility study.  It was devised  specifically  for  youth and made possible by a two year lottery grant  which commenced in 2008. The programme  was rolled out across six South Wales local authorities. The goal  was to encourage and empower young people  aged 7 to 25 to become active and contributing citizens in their local communities; including the promotion of intergenerational connections.  

The Glyncoch youth time bank members produced murals for their local primary school, and organised a community concert, and participated in various environmental projects. As a result  their self confidence increased, and to be involved  in the decision making process of  how these community projects could be  developed gave them a sense of empowerment. Outdoor pursuits and ice -skating were just some of the  activities the youth time bank members spent their credits on. The Trealaw time bank children are improving their school environment, heres the link for  a superb clip on youtube

The project has had a major impact on  the community according to  police feedback.Six months after the introduction of  TYP4P  in one locality there was a 17 percent reduction  in  youth anti social behaviour. Participating  in  a timebank and working on community projects fostered a sense of pride and ownership  among this group,as they were able to channel  their negative tendencies in a  positive way.  The police recognised that they also needed to engage with these youth in a different way.  Click here to read The New Economics Foundation article which discusses the success of the TY4P model. 

The benefit to the community were the improvements made to the local  environment, and the development of social connections between young people, the police, and the community  members.  Time bank participation meant new foundations were laid  within the community which re-built a sense of trust  that had  previously been destroyed. 

Time banking is a  powerful tool even  for  the younger members of our communities. It gives them a voice  and encourages them to become active agents of change, and strengthens community ties. It is a  great tool for  personal growth, many timebank participants say giving back to their community  increases their sense of  value and self  worth.  The beauty of time banking is the outcome is immediately tangible, the provider and the receiver of time credits both benefit.   

Aro Fair | Saturday 21st March | Yeyah!


Come and join us this year at the Aro Fair on Sat 21st March. You'll find us down at the Good Times Stage hosted by the Wellington Timebank. 

Expect spectacular local music, seating to lounge away the day and best of all, an amazing showcase of trades on offer in the timebank:


11am Muesli Tasting
Start off your day with a taste of Marion’s famous muesli – a delicious bowlful of health.

11.30am Hummus Making Workshop
Learn how to make this tasty snack with Simone. Try some on fresh bread afterwards.

12.30pm       Salsa Dancing lesson
Join Quentin & Lisa and learn this relaxed, street dance and enjoy the rhythms of Cuba.

2pm Life Coaching workshop
Let Amit inspire & empower you to make the most of the gift of life.

2.30pm       Healthy Eating workshop
Health expert Marion will help you to make easy healthy eating choices.

3pm             Shoulder Massages  
Come on down and get a 10 minutes shoulder massage with James, Nadia and Hannah!


Andrew Armitage 
Mike Kingston & Ester Galeote 
Bhakti Shakti Kirtan Band 
Bakers Eddy 
Dale Roy Hitchcock

Magic tricks with magician Nil
Wellington Timebank information stall
Arts & Crafts with Stephen from Alpha Art Studio

Come on down, get into the vibe, experience a trade for yourself, listen to some sweet music, and celebrate the wonders of Aro Valley.

Get into the festive spirit and celebrate our communities!


The upcoming Newtown festival isn’t just about the music, the food and the chance to walk down Riddiford Street without traffic! It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the diverse people and communities of Newtown.

The Newtown Festival joins other Wellington suburbs in starting off the New Year with a celebration of our local neighbourhoods. The Island Bay Festival, Kilbirnie Festival, and the upcoming Aro Valley Fair are all about getting out of the CBD and appreciating the goodness each suburb has to offer.

The festival also gives us the chance to view the suburbs we know like the back of our hand through a different lens. We can see how visitors to Newtown interact with our treasured environment, or maybe discover a community group we never even knew existed. As Wellington city grows and changes, suburban festivals keep the spirit of the city alive. They remind us of the importance of sticking to our roots and celebrating the rich culture of our neighbours.


Organisations like the Timebank are the strings that weave our community together. If you see a fellow Timebanker in the crowd on Sunday, smile and say hi and acknowledge that they are part of this wonderful community. Of course, the Timebank extends outside of Newtown, and some Timebankers live in suburbs that don’t have a festival of their own. If you are a Newtown local, take the time to welcome visitors and include them in the celebrations, whether it is dancing at one of the street stages or in between bites of delicious roti.

By Vivienne Askey

We need you! Volunteer opportunities at Newtown Festival

This year four of us timebankers have taken on the epic mission of organising all the rubbish and recycling at the Newtown Festival:

It's a big street party and we want to show that awesome events in Wellington don't have to send heaps of waste to the dump.

To succeed, we need you - the peeps!
100 of you to be precise (did I mention it was an epic mission??)

We've organised 12 recycling stations and signage, but experience at other festivals has shown us that having volunteers to help people use the correct bins is essential.

If this sounds like you - awesome! You're a legend! You can sign up to one (or two?!) of the 2-hour slots. You'll be at the recycling stations helping people to put their rubbish in the correct bin. We also need people to help set up and pack down the stations. Timebank members can earn credits for their time.

Join us here: Newtown Festival Loves Recycling

There will be a training session on Tuesday 3rd March, 6-7pm at the Newtown Community Centre so you can be confident that you're giving people the right advice.

And if you're wavering let me assure you that it's actually heaps of fun! Here's some photographic evidence from previous years:

Thanks in advance for your contribution to making the Newtown Festival not only a fantastic cultural celebration, but also a start towards an environmentally sustainable success as well.


Vanessa, Renee, Hannah & Ben
Newtown Festival Recycling Team

P.S. Check out the awesome line up for the day here: http://www.newtownfestival.org.nz/programme-time/

Conversation Dinner: A Feast for Strangers

Once again, we're hosting a Conversation Dinner - A Feast for Strangers on 28th of February, 2015 at the Newtown Community Centre


 You can expect an evening of delicious food and captivating conversation, providing you with the opportunity to engage with new people and broaden your conversational horizons.

You will be seated with someone who you don't know or don't know well and given a conversation menu. This will guide you through your dinner. Later you will join tables with another pair to continue the conversation.

Guests are to bring a dish. Please indicate which course you would like to be assigned to - entree, main or dessert. There is a cost of $10 which goes towards running more dinners!


- feel free to pass along to fellow interested conversationalists -

There's only 30 spots so get in quick!

Garden Foraging

Christian had spent some time learning about edible weeds over recent years. What he hadn't learnt is a way to make them tasty. 

After seeing an offer of foraging guidance from Fiona Hood he took her up on the offer. For more than an hour, the two of them wandered around Christian’s house, discussing what is edible and collecting many samples for a salad. Some of the ingredients collected included clover flowers, wood sorrel, fennel, chickweed, nasturtium, wild mustard, parsley, dock, dandelion, yarrow, plantain, a type of nettle, fuchsia and some self-seeded chard (among others!)

Fiona showed how the strongest/bitterest weeds could be blended into a dressing, while the rest formed a very healthy and surprisingly tasty salad – all freely available from the neighbourhood!

Fiona still offers this skill of hers in the timebank and this is the perfect time of year for foraging. If you're a member, you can find her offer on Community Weaver.

If you haven't joined up yet but are keen, here's how you go about it:

Join one of our weekly sign up sessions. Or if you live in the Northern Suburbs, there's a member who can join you up locally.

The next sessions coming up are:

Mon 2 Feb, 12.30 - 1.30pm, Sustainability Trust (2 Foresters Lane, off Tory St)

Mon 9 Feb, 5.30 - 6.30pm, Newtown Community Centre (cnr Rintoul & Colombo Sts)

Make sure you let Hannah know which one you can make (920 6708 or wgtn.timebank@gmail.com). If you do not feel joining in a group just let me know.

You’ll need to bring with you:

Contact details of TWO referees.

(We speak to referees as one of our ways of ensuring the safety of members. Once you are a full member you could be invited into the home of any or many of them.)

TWO forms of ID for a police check. 

(Passport or birth cert AND another form of ID - e.g. licence, community services card etc. We do a background police check although having minor, past convictions does not automatically exclude membership.)

$10 membership fee ($5 with community services card).

Ideas about what can offer and what you might like to receive.

Sweet as Volunteering Opportunities at the Timebank for 2015

There are a number of challenging, fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities that are up for grabs at the Wellington Timebank. Have a squizz and contact Hannah on wgtn.timebank@gmail.com to nab one!

Job Title: Master of Communications

Purpose: To keep timebank members and Wellingtonians up-to-date with all the awesomeness that goes on behind the scenes at the timebank.

Expectations and Responsibilities: This role involves writing up a fortnightly blog piece, keeping the social media calendar up-to-date with interesting and relevant articles, snippets of info and timebank stories and gathering photos and quotes from members.

Skills Required: Good with computers, comfortable with internet research, good written communication skills

Time requirement: 3-4 hours per week. Flexible timing. Role can be shared. Can be done at the WTB office or from home. Minimum 3 month commitment.

Support: Hannah, Wellington Timebank Coordinator, will be there for all your technical and emotional needs.


Job Title: Chief Mover & Shaker

Purpose: This rewarding role involves working with timebank members to encourage them to trade. Often people are too busy or lacking the confidence to follow up on trades and all they need is a bit of friendly support and they’re away laughing.

Expectations and Resposibilites: Work with individual members who need assistance trading or who do not have computers. Regularly check listings and create opportunities for people to trade.

Skills required: Someone who is creative, good with people and enjoys the satisfaction of helping people out.

Time requirement: 3-4 hours per week. Flexible timing. Can be done at the WTB office or from home. Minimum 3 months commitment. This role can be shared.

Support: Hannah, Wellington Timebank Coordinator, will be there for all your technical and emotional needs. She’ll provide you with training too.


Job Title: Momentum Builder

Purpose: Everyone loves getting together but they rarely have the time or energy to put into organising it. This role supports Hub Curators and members to organise events and group trades. Part of the role will also be to support the Coordinator to organise creative and fun festival stalls at this summer’s festivals.

Expectations and Responsibilities: To work with timebank members helping to oprganise casual and easy events and gatherings. Encourage members to do group trades. Assist with Festival stall organisation.

Skills required: Great organisation skills, creative thinker, follows through on committments.

Time requirement: 3-4 hours per week. Flexible timing. Can be done from WTB office or home. Minimum 3 month commitment.

Support: Hannah, Wellington Timebank Coordinator will be there for all your technical & emotional needs.



2014 in a nutshell


Boom! This year we reached 500 timebank members and a record 1200+ trades.

Timebankers traded over 2000 hours sharing their vast and varied skills providing each other with the opportunity to learn new skills, get help when they need it and feel the full rush of endorphins released at the joy of helping out others. Timebankers continually amaze me with their generosity and commitment to being an active part of their community and using their skills to benefit others.

A personal favourite this year was seeing timebankers come together to build Hanaa a garden. With donated plants and several working bees she now has a fence, compost bin, a new hedge, flower garden and a vege patch, and she’s a very happy woman!

We’ve been lucky to build new connections with organisations that also work to make Wellington an awesome place for all its diverse peoples. I’ve loved the creative way that Alpha Art Studio have been using the timebank to bring more people into the lives of those they work with and share the skills of their guys with the rest of us. We’ve also been honoured to work alongside the whānau at Ngati Kahungunu ki Poneke Community Services. Later in the year we extended a warm welcome to Park Rd Vocational Services, Age Concern and Kaibosh and we’re looking forward to working with ya’ll in the new year!

Personally, I am endlessly grateful for the 800 volunteers hours that have gone into supporting me in the role as Coordinator and to helping the timebank continue to build and evolve. It would be an impossible task without you all. As a result of these hours (and heaps more unrecorded ones!) this year we’ve held our first ever Love Our Timebank week (shout out to Liz Willoughby-Martin for that one!), first successful No Sh*t Gift Shop, twelve fundraising Chalkle talks, a film fundraiser, two styly Conversation Dinners and hosted a National Timebank Hui.

And none of this could be achieved without the weekly coffees (Peoples Coffee, of course) with Anna and the monthly Steering Committee meetings (/catch ups & slurping up Margaret’s delicious soups).

I wish you all a Meri Kirihimete.

P.S. The Timebank office will be closed from Thurs 18th Dec – Tues 20th Jan. Peace out!

Nobody Gets Out Alive


Come along to this practical and fun discussion about death - something that happens to us all and we rarely talk about.

Are you hoping to die of natural causes, but not sure how to go about it? Should you be making any plans and if so which ones - wills, EPOAs, funerals, nursing care? Should you be writing an advance directive and if so what should it say? Will it make any difference? 

If you'd like to know more about what the future might hold and what choices you have, come along to this candid talk. 

Dr Marion Leighton has worked with dying people and their families in and out of hospital for many years and has seen what happens when people are unprepared for the inevitable.

Presenter: Dr. Marion Leighton
Date: Wed November 19, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Newtown Community Centre, cnr Rintoul & Colombo Sts
$10 waged / $5 unwaged / time credits

Wellington Timebank turns 3

Happy birthday to... timebank! Today the timebank turns 3. With almost 500 members and over 4500 hours traded we're super stoked at how far we've come.

I propose a toast to all you wonderful timebank members who take precious time out of your week's to help out your fellow community members.

Also, a big shout out to our Steering Committee members who keep the big stuff ticking over - Margaret, Anna, Renee, Susie, Sonya, Willemijn, Lainey

Thanks so, so, so much to the volunteers that support Hannah on a weekly basis - Anna.Gail, B G Shelali, Nisha, Bernadette

Maintaining Relationships – Who is the Fifth Horsemen of the Apocalypse?


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have been known to corrosively creep into people’s lives aka Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness and Stonewalling to destroy relationships. Protect yourself from the Four Horseman and be vigilant for the Fifth elusive Horseman.

Presenter: Quentin Abraham (Psychologist)
Audience: Anyone interested in maintaining a relationship with an intimate partner

Date: Tuesday 21 October 2014, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Newtown Community Centre

$10 waged / $5 unwaged

National Timebank Hui

Timebank National Hui 

Join Timebank leaders from all over Aotearoa at this year's hui. The Hui will be lead by ​Mary-Jane Rivers from the Inspiring Communities Trust. She is an expert in community-led development and neighbourhood strengthening. She will lead us through the day using Open Space Technology. 

This event will be useful for anyone within community organisations, gardens, or initiatives. We will be working together to find better ways of engaging people at a local level to build strong, resilient and connected communities.

Saturday 1st November, 9.30am - 3pm
Newtown Hall, Cnr Daniell & Constable Streets

$30 per person (includes morning tea & lunch)
Registrations close Monday 13th October

Special Screening: Aunty and the Star People


Special one off screening at Lighthouse Cinema Cuba
Aunty & the Star People

Wednesday 8th October, 6pm 
Tickets $25 

You are invited to our annual film fundraiser. This year we're excited to be screening Aunty and the Star People, an amazing film about an inspirational Wellingtonian who sold her house to set up a school for orphans in Tamil Nadu, India. Share the journey of this humble and generous 80-year old woman. Unmissable! 

Watch the trailer here: Aunty and the Star People

We're also very excited to announce that Producer Jo Coffey will be speaking before the film. Check out a Radio NZ interview with Jo here

Get your tickets from Newtown Community Centre: Call 389 4786 or email renee.nccc@clear.net.nz

Trading Tales: Budgeting Advice


"Never underestimate what people can offer you..."

“Time is money,” an old saying goes. Understanding your personal finances is important in this day and age (i.e. spending patterns, savings strategies). Liz has traded with three timebank members offering her passion for and experience with budgeting and money matters. One of these timebank members was Janet and this was her first trade!

As a hobby, Liz has done a lot of research and reading up on personal money management. She wants to continue to build experience and practice more. Janet wanted to learn more about budgeting and how to utilise Excel better. So, through a fellow Timebank member and colleague, they were connected.

They met twice and Liz was able to design a personalised budgeting tool on Microsoft Excel. Janet was open to talk about money and was thrilled to learn more about where her money was going and how to better navigate Excel. Looking back, Janet said“Once you figure it out – it’s amazing!” Liz found it useful that Janet was goal-oriented and had a general awareness of her personal spending patterns.

“It was also like couples therapy for money,” Liz recalled. Liz worked with Janet and her partner to establish budgets together and individually.  Talking through where Janet was spending her money was an exercise on understanding values and what values they are reflected on. Janet not only learnt practical budgeting strategies, but she also learnt to “never underestimate what people can offer you.”

For Liz, budgeting trades are usually done after working hours. And many times, she’d just want to go home; however she has found the trades to be totally rewarding,“Doing something you’re good at is the best thing ever. Everyone is good at something.”

Story by Anna Gail Caunca



Do you fall into instant slumber and wake up feeling great everyday, or do you fret about how much (or how little) sleep you get each night? Does it matter? Do you need 10 minutes or 10 hours on a regular basis? Come along to this talk and make sense of the most up to date research on how our sleep affects our health. Dr Marion Leighton works with people to improve their physical and mental health using lifestyle changes as well as western medicine. 

Presenter: Dr. Marion Leighton
Date: September 9, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Newtown Community Centre (cnr Rintoul & Colombo Sts)
$10 waged / $5 unwaged

Work Less, Save the World

Why 150 years of the 40-hour week must urgently come to an end.

Our cultural bias towards hard work comes from a time when it benefited society. With safe ecological thresholds being crossed, maximising economic growth through long hours of work no longer makes sense. Work is becoming scarce, and sharing it fairly becomes a necessity. The good news is - working less comes with a whole range of benefits!

Presenter: Christian Williams
Date: August 19th, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Newtown Community Centre
$10 waged / $5 unwaged

Trade Tale: Learning How to Drive

Learning how to drive takes time… and trust. Liz had the time to learn and Willie had the time and the car to help her learn.

Willie was comfortable to use his vehicle with Liz as they had traded in the Timebank before. Liz had helped Willie with meal preparation. They got on well, easily could meet due to their location and both had the afternoons available for weekly practice. They met 11 times – totaling 11 hours traded.

Perhaps the most challenging skill to master when learning is the hill start. During one practice day, Liz and Willie were making their way through an uphill roundabout -- everything went wrong at once. Starting, rolling back, stalling and then blaring car horns from all directions. Liz’s confidence quickly drained, especially when another driver rolled down his window and started shouting profanities at her. Liz recalls, “Willie took one quick, alarmed look behind, decided I didn't have to hear what he was saying, and coached me through getting up the hill. In no time I had made it up the hill, and he was telling me to never let other drivers' frustrations get to me. Whatever embarrassment [Willie] might have had from that experience, he put it aside to help me learn.”

Image from Cubic Film

Willie also learnt a lot on this trade. He had forgotten how hard it is to be a new driver, “this trade helped me be more aware of other cars and learner drivers. I would spot the “L” and give more space and time. Not everyone is confident, compared to someone who’s had say, 10 years of experience.” This experience also helped him reflect on his own driving and treatment of others on the road.

Both Liz and Willie feel that this trade is a part of their larger connection to the Timebank. Liz says, “I feel that [the] Timebank is a great opportunity to try new things, be part of a community, and gain confidence in your own skills. Everyone has something they want to learn, and I think [the]Timebank makes a great stepping stone to do that from.” Willie says, “I want to be a part of the community, so I make time. I want the Timebank to be part of my time.”


Would you like to know more about bees? Did you know that the pollination carried out by bees is ultimately responsible for 40% of the food we eat?

Come and hear Mark & Belinda Hodson, beekeepers of Tawa talk about these fascinating creatures and learn why honey bees and the ‘humble bumble’ are so important to our life.

You’ll learn about beekeeping and the production of honey and find out what you can do to support the bees. Suitable for all ages, children welcome.

Presenters: Mark & Belinda Hodson
Date: Tuesday 24 June, 6.30 - 8.00pm
Venue: Newtown Community Centre
$10 waged / $5 unwaged

Trade Tales – Kadie and Susie

This is a story about Kadie and Susie and their unique trade.
(22 April 2014)

Being pregnant for the first time can be quite a daunting experience, more so if you’re an ocean away from family and close friends – this is where Kadie found herself just 6 months ago. She had heard about doulas but didn’t know what role they played in a birth. After doing some research she learned that a doula is someone who provides emotional and practical support to a family during pregnancy, childbirth and after their baby is born. She determined that she’d like to have one present at her birth, but there weren’t many doulas in Wellington to choose from. Then, she saw an offer for a doula through the Wellington Timebank.

Susie had been a time bank member for a while and had responded to offers, like feeding pets whilst people were away. She had also joined the Timebank Steering Committee. However, she had never put up an offer. She had been training as a doula and wanted to offer her services to more families and thought, “I just need to put myself out there.” So, she posted her first offer on the time bank site: to be a doula.

It was perfect timing with mutual benefit.

Kadie was about 6 weeks away from her due date when she contacted Susie. She and her husband had a casual meet up with Susie, where there was no pressure to start up -- but they had such a great connection. Kadie and Susie met up weekly and got more comfortable with one another. During that time, Susie learnt more about Kadie’s history and also went to a few appointments with her. With Susie’s knowledge and perspective, Kadie felt that she was able to ask more informed questions at appointments with her mid-wife.

And so the big day(s) arrived. Though she was having labour pains, Kadie was not hospital-ready after almost 10 hours of contractions. And so early in the morning, Susie was called in to relieve Kadie’s husband and mum from an exhausting night to provide the soon-to-be-mum with much needed support. 20 hours later the baby arrived. “Susie was fantastic at the birth!” Kadie recalls. “It was helpful to have a support person not only for me, but also for my husband.

With such an intimate trade, their relationship grew and blossomed into a friendship. For Kadie, she sees Susie as not only a support person for her, but also for her son as “another person who also supports him and knows him.”

Susie has met a lot of new parents through Kadie and has built her network. She was also able to connect with another time bank member who is also a doula and they have provided support for one another. Susie has been thrilled with the follow on effects of offering her skills and encourages other time bank members to “Put yourself out there!”

On the Clock: a Wellington Timebank Art Exhibition

Would you like a beautiful clock to hang on your wall AND are keen to help support the awesome work that comes out of our Timebank? Here's your chance!

From 17-30th of March, 'On the Clock', an art exhibition & auction will run at Deluxe Espresso Bar in central Wellington.

You could score a gorgeous and creative timepiece created by community members and local artists! Contributors include Kelly Spencer Illustration and Design, Maz Hermon, Anna Porter, Phill Jones, Anna Costley, Nanz Nair, Anthony Cabraal, KJ Smith and more.

Find out more by joining the Facebook event.

Love Our Timebank : a week of celebration & fundraising (2-9 March)

Want to howl your adoration for the Wellington Timebank at the moon?
Find yourself singing Timebanking love songs in your sleep?
Do you have social currencies on your mind, all the time?

If yes, then Love Our Timebank  (2 - 9 March),  is truly the opportunity you've been waiting for: a week of celebration and fundraising  for members and supporters to share the love and help sustain the awesome work that comes out of our Timebank.

Share the love and donate to our important work here!

Activities & events include:

2 March | NEWTOWN FESTIVAL FAIR DAY | 10am - 8pm | Say hello to the Timebank volunteers on the Recycling Stations
3 March | LOVE OUR TIMEBANK | 10.00am | Online fundraising campaign launch
8 March | 'TEA FOR TIMEBANK' NEWTOWN HUB CATCH UP | 11.00am | Peoples Coffee 
9 March | KILBIRNIE FESTIVAL | 10am - 4pm | Check out the Wellington Timebank Kids' Zone
9 March | NEWTOWN ON FILM | 2 - 3.30pm | A Timebank fundraiser thanks to Newtown Community & Cultural Centre.

Contact Liz at wgtn.timebank@gmail.com for more information.

2013: What a Year!

The Wellington Timebank office will be closed from December 20th through January 13th. Keep up the trading in between, and pop into the office and welcome Hannah back when we re-open!

As we near the end of another year it's a great time to look back at all that's happened! We had some amazing trades: ranging from making Errol, "a Brachiosaurus, with a long neck, or maybe a Camarasaurus, but with spikes like a Hesperosaurus or a Stegasaurus,” to moving house, energy alignments, gardening, life coaching... the list goes on. We welcomed organizations such as People's Coffee, Village Op-Shop, Innermost Gardens, Sustainability Trust, and Chalkle onboard, and worked with them to involve more people and fundraise for our Timebank. And our neighbourhood hubs are growing and constantly welcoming new members! There have been so many wonderful memories and now so many exciting prospects for 2014!

Two Years of Wellington Timebanking

October 29th marked two years from the official launch of the Wellington Timebank! In those two years 350 members have recorded more than 1,570 trades with over 3,330 hours traded!!! 

This incredible success is all thanks to the help of a dedicated steering committee, incredible leadership from coordinators Hannah (and some other help), huge support from the Newtown Community Centre, generous funders, and the members who have completely embraced the Timebank. Volunteers have given more than 3,000 hours directly to the Timebank!

Sonya, one of the Timebank's first members (who has done more than 50 trades in the last two years) pointed out why the Timebank has been so successful.

"It's a great solution for a lot of the world's problems..." and the Wellington Timebank is now a "force to be reckoned with."

It's brought together people who would have never met, provided a sense of community and support for people who really needed it, and worked with local businesses and organizations to strengthen the entire community.  Members have formed neighbourhood hubs, organized chalkle talks as fundraisers, and worked with Civil Defense to increase everyone's safety. Anna, Newtown Community Centre coordinator emphasised that this community force is coming from the people within the Timebank who have fully "claimed the Timebank and its values."

Favorite Timebank trades in the last two years have included fashion advice, dog walking, beer brewing, garden help, giving rides, and lessons in making green cleaning products. Ryan, another longtime member, even took part in a trade where he chopped up a dead tree for Claire, and she cut his hair when he was done. A perfect example of reciprocity in action! But its the people, not the trades that really matter. "I did a trade with someone I wouldn't have met, and had an incredible time hearing about her life and how she ended up where she is now" Anna remembers. 

Ryan's favorite trade was when he got help fixing his motorcycle. "Working with Fred was like being in the garage learning from a father or a grandfather. The Timebank provides a place for people to learn those sorts of things even when their folks live somewhere else"

As we celebrate how far the Timebank has come it's also a chance to look toward the future. Ryan's excited for a greater range of skills and a more diverse membership.  Anna is looking forward to a more financially secure and sustainable Timebank, which will hopefully be achieved through fundraising efforts in the works at the moment. And Sonya's vision of the Timebank's future? "World Domination"

Marit Olson, Wellington Timebank Intern

Before I Die I Want To...

  • Win a Nobel Prize
  • Apologise
  • See a unicorn
  • Find love again
  • Read the entire internet
  • Get the kids to leave home
  • Scream from many mountain tops
  • Help make the world Glow brighter

What do you want to do?

As we get caught up in our daily lives sometimes we forget what really matters. Before I Die is a global art project that asks people to take a moment to reflect on their lives and share their aspirations in a public space. Since Candy Chang created the first Before I Die wall in New Orleans more than 200 walls have been created in over 15 different languages and in more than 40 countries.

The Wellington Timebank and the Newtown Community Centre have joined forces to bring this project to Newtown.

On a sunny Friday Hannah, Anna, and Marit and friends armed themselves with chalkboard paint, rollers, stencils, and chalk and created our own wall right here in Newtown. The first contributions were added as soon as the paint was dry, and within a couple days the wall was so full it had to be washed clean again.

So far the wall has had many visitors. Local shopkeepers are amazed at the amount of interest in the wall. Often passersbys pause to read the latest responses, which come in an incredible variety. “It’s a good idea, it gives people the space to share something about themselves” one observer commented.

"I think it's easy for people to go though their day to day life without engaging with the world around them. We want people to stop for a moment and think about what is important to them." says Hannah, Coordinator of the Wellington Timebank.

Anna, from the Newtown Community Centre says it's great because anyone can engage with it. "You don't have to be a wordsmith ... it can be just one word."

The Wall is on the corner of Wilson and Riddford Streets and will be up until the 11th of October. Stop by for a chance to see what matters to people in our community, and to share what matters to you. This wall is yours. Please enjoy.

Keep updated on the Newtown wall through our facebook page.

Movie Fundraiser for Wellington Timebank

Tuesday 24 September, 6.30pm

Lighthouse Cuba, 29 Wigan St

Tickets $25

"I've never seen anything so warm-hearted or inspiring in my life." (Graeme Tuckett - National Radio)

Sister Loyola is the main gardener at the Home of Compassion in Island Bay, Wellington. Her daily tasks include heavy lifting alongside vigorous spade and wheelbarrow work, which she sometimes performs on crutches. Loyola and the other Sisters of Compassion follow the vision of Mother Aubert to ‘meet the needs of the oppressed and powerless in their communities’.

Filmmaker Jess Feast (Cowboys and Communists) has been following Sister Loyola over the last year, charting her journey through the seasons which included her 90th birthday. Through her garden, we begin to understand Loyola’s commitment to nurture all living things, especially those which ‘don’t get a good start’. From her early work as a nurse with sick or stillborn babies, to her role as a nun raising children with disabilities, we see Loyola’s incredible energy and faith in her God to carry her through the difficult times.

Buy tickets from Newtown Community Centre, cnr Rintoul and Colombo Streets (Cash only)

Or order tickets from Wellington Timebank

Earn time credits by selling tickets! Every 5 tickets sold = 1 time credit.

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Donate fabric for tote bags

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Designing an online logo on photoshop or similar

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Observing a family with small children


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Driving Lessons Needed

Kia Ora!

I have recently joined the Timebank, and as my first request I'm wondering if anyone is available to give me driving lessons.

So far I have a learners, and I have a friend's car that I can borrow. I will also be willing to pay for the gas.

My ideal would be someone who could regularly give me lessons, but as this is a...

Electrical issues...

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Website building help


A friend and I are setting up a small business and we need some help getting a website up and running. I have found out about platforms like oscommerce and magento and looked into the hosting plan side of things as well as templates etc but my technical knowledge is a bit limited and I would love someone who knows about all that coding stuff...

Local buying co-op

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counselling/psychotherapy placement for 2013

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Funding Applications for Community Events

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Weeding in organic garden

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Personalised Clothing Modifications

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I try not to make a huge mess and have a few reciepes up my sleeve.

Please dont hestitate to contact me about cooking meals for your grandmother :)

Adminy/legaly type stuff

Hello, I'm Maria, and I would love to help you with your admin/legally problems. I'm a lawyer so have lots of admin experience as well as some legal experience :)

Drop me a text if I can help in any way - 0210 486 258.

Cheers :)

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Just get in touch with what you need - and when you need it by.

I have my own transport (and legs).

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Need a hand decluttering a room or two?

Do you need a hand decluttering a room or two?

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Whether you want someone to encourage you to "get rid"/ "let go" - or you want to...


Dorothy is an experienced proof-reader who often does this for friends. She is happy to offer her services to timebank members. It is something she enjoys.

Contact Hannah at the timebank on 920 6708 or wgtn.timebank@gmail.com

Computer/PC help

If you have a computer question or problem, virus or otherwise let me know and I'll help you resolve the issues.

Respite care

I am an experienced nurse currently working at Wellington Hospital Monday to Friday. I have experience caring for people in their own homes and would be happy to offer respite care on a weekend day. Please don't hesitate to contact me.

Clothes alterations and mending

I've got my own sewing machine and have medium level skills on it. I can take up hems, take in seams, put in zippers etc. I'm fairly confident with most things, just not fancy tailored suits. Send me a message if you need my skills!

Basic computer literacy help

Hi, I can help with setting up email accounts, surfing the net, using library catalogue from home to search and reserve items, using databases.  Basic stuff, not the tech side of computers.

Fabulous Foot Massage

I'm a qualified massage therapist,specialising in reflexology.This means I give great face,scalp and foot massages.I also do crystal healing massage and make my own oils.I am also a qualified Herbalist with over 15 years experience.I'm happy to teach massage techniques while I give you an energising and relaxing massage.I'm also happy...

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I am offering driving lessons to anyone who has their own car. I am based in Island Bay.

Trading Tales: Zero Waste Heroes save the day

THE real heroes of the recent Newtown Festival were the ones standing by the rubbish bins. A team of Zero Waste Heroes in colourful costume, volunteers organised by sisters Renee and Vanessa Rushton, assisted fairgoers to direct their rubbish into the correct recycling bins.

Renee, who is also on the Steering Committee of the Timebank, is experienced in the field of sustainability. She works at Sustainability Trust as an advisor, giving members of the public advice in the areas of waste, water, edibles and energy. Renee’s idea for Zero Waste Heroes came from Clifton Terrace Model School, where they were awarding badges to children who brought litterless lunches.

“I didn’t think they’d mind if I called our recycling volunteers ‘Zero Waste Heroes’ too,” says Renee, “For me, being a Zero Waste Hero is about championing efforts to reduce waste to landfill”.

Sister Vanessa, a new and enthusiastic member of the Timebank, agrees that using humour to make the idea of recycling fun for the public is a great idea.

“It’s about getting people to embrace the idea of reducing waste sent to landfill, whether that is by reducing, reusing or knowing the ins and out of recycling and composting”, she says.

To recruit volunteers for festival day, the sisters started by asking their friends.

“Many of them are solid recyclers and composters already and also Newtowners keen to help out on fair day,” says Vanessa, “From there we asked the wider circles of the Newtown Flat Network Facebook group, the Timebank and Newtown Residents’ Association.”

The message went even further afield, with Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown forwarding it to her networks.

On the day, volunteers assisted the public to put their waste in the correct bin, cleaning it if necessary, and replacing the bins when they were full.

“We did a briefing a few days earlier, so some of the volunteers were also giving fairgoers recycling and waste reduction tips as well, which was great,” says Vanessa.

Renee agrees, “Volunteers seemed to be really into it”.

The scheme, which had been considered a trial run due to a late organisational start, went very well.

“We diverted 10 x 240 litre wheelie bins of recyclable and compostable items. Having volunteers oversee the bins, washing food from packaging and emptying dregs into a slops bucket, meant that what we did recycle was clean and therefore a high quality recyclable product,” says Vanessa.

Of the day’s results, Renee says, “While what we recycled was less than 10% of the total rubbish collected, this year’s effort was a trial with only two recycling stations to see if it would be possible to scale up next year. We’re positive we’ll be able to do it on a larger scale next year.”

The Rushton sisters were very impressed with the public response and want to thank the team of volunteers for offering their time and expertise.

As Vanessa sums up, “We think it worked well because people want to be involved, but also want to be able to party and enjoy the day, so it was a happy medium. Watch this space in 2014!”

Jennifer Niven

Trading Tales: It’s time to meet Chalkle

BY now we’re all contented followers of the Timebank tradition – but have you heard of Chalkle and the innovative new way it’s lending the Timebank a helping hand?

Chalkle is an adult education platform where anyone can give a class or attend a class, meaning that it has the goal of community learning from community in common with the Timebank.

We are trying to encourage more Timebank members to use Chalkle and vice-versa. In particular, members can give classes, earn time credits for their time and donate the money from paying class participants back to the Timebank as a way to generate some much needed revenue.

This is exactly what Joshua Vial did.

Meet Joshua, a programmer and entrepreneur who works with early stage start ups that have a focus on social good. Three years ago he started Enspiral, a company which has a service network offering everything from web and software to animation, graphic design, legal, accounting, environmental planning, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering and prototyping services.

“That keeps me on my toes!” says Joshua.

There’s a simple project management system called Trello that Joshua uses in his day to day work.

“Often when I was working using Trello people would be surprised at how I did things – and someone once suggested I should run a Chalkle class teaching others how to use it,” says Joshua.

So he did.

Joshua offered classes to Timebankers and Chalklers alike. Timebankers could pay using time credits and others paid $15 for the class. Joshua donated his profits back to the Timebank and earned time credits for the hours he put into the class. The extra ones went to the Chalkle Timebank account and will be used to develop more classes for the community.

What a feat: by giving a class in something that he enjoys and is skilled at, Joshua earned time credits for himself, fundraised for the Timebank and created time capital for Chalkle all in one go.

“I always enjoy teaching and people seemed to get something from the class so I really enjoyed the process. I particularly enjoyed running the class multiple times and making it a bit better each time as I got feedback from the participants,” says Joshua.

Been inspired by Joshua’s success story? Do you have an idea for a Chalkle class? Email Silvia  with your idea to get the ball rolling.

Joshua is also excited about seeing what other people come up with.

Says Joshua, “I’m looking forward to seeing other people’s classes go up so I can use some of my time credits!”

Jennifer Niven

Neighbour's Day

Let’s celebrate our neighbours!

"Neighbours Day Aotearoa is about turning streets into neighbourhoods."

Neighbours Day Aotearoa is coming up on 23-24 March. Neighbours Day is a wonderful nation-wide opportunity to reach out to your neighbours. 

Sounds just right for the timebank to be getting involved!

This year Wellington City Council has made some changes to make it easier for neighbours to get together for the event. 

WCC will be providing small amounts of money that Community Centres can use to directly support local neighbourhood-based activities.  Whether it’s running a community-wide project or competition, or enabling several local groups to plan and cater their own initiatives, or a mix of both, the key is that neighbours in the area know about Neighbours Day and are inspired to get together, especially with neighbours they don’t already know well.  

Groups can be funded up to $100 and must meet the following criteria:

  1. The activity must be designed to directly lead to face-to-face connections on streets (including within apartment buildings) 
  2. Activity should create opportunities to connect neighbours who are not already well acquainted including new residents.
  3. Activity needs to be focused on a geographical neighbourhood area and should happen in or near that area
  4. Apart from Community Centre staff and supporters, activity must be lead by and involve local residents of the same area/s
  5. A budget estimate must be provided showing the costs to be covered. Depending on the type of activity, budgets should allow for around $20 per household as a guide; ideally a maximum of $100 should be shared between groups of four households or more, unless a particular project warrants more than this.  


Organise an event in your neighbourhood and earn time credits for it! 

  • Street BBQ 
  • potluck 
  • picnic 
  • Street cricket 
  • Egg & spoon races 
  • Twister 
  • Chalk art in the street 
  • Street party!


More ideas and inspiration for events you could run in your neighbourhood can be found here:http://www.neighboursday.org.nz/ 

Let me know if you are going to organise something and we can apply for funding for you. Need to know by 10 February so we can apply from the Council.

Trading Tales: Our Timebank turns one

The good cheer was undeniable at the Timebank’s first birthday celebrations with a multitude of notable successes to celebrate from the first year of community trading.

As Hannah Mackintosh, Timebank coordinator, noted, it was important to come together to celebrate these successes.

“The Timebank is now a community of 190 people who regularly help each other out. People have done everything from providing companionship to motorcycle maintenance,” says Hannah, “The success of the Timebank is all about the people who are in it and the birthday was a real indication of that.”

The best description of the birthday celebrations is ‘fun in the sun!’

“The atmosphere was very relaxed. I loved seeing everyone chatting and getting to know each other,” says Hannah, “There was a BBQ with food donated by Commonsense Organics in Kilbirnie, as well as coffee donated by People's Coffee. Timebank members brought a beautiful selection of salads and we were even treated to three birthday cakes baked by different members.”

Members and friends sat out in the sunshine on the grass, and some tried their hand at juggling with tips from Gulll, who offers juggling lessons through the Timebank. Linda the Timebank storyteller told stories of mystery and magic for the kids in the shade and a little later The Troubles, a lively jazz band that two Timebank members are part of, played and got everyone to their feet dancing to the upbeat tunes.

This was followed by the award ceremony presented by Hannah and a special VIP: Wellington’s very own Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Annette King and Paul Eagle were also in attendance, adding to the local support for the Timebank.

“Everyone was so warm and open with each other and welcoming to those who dropped in to enjoy the celebrations,” says Hannah.

So how has our beloved Timebank been going?

“The first year has been about building and responding to what the community wants their Timebank to look like,” says Hannah, “At the end of one year we have a strong, active Timebank that people take pride in being a part of”

And what of future plans?

“Next year I would like to see more social activities that bring people together, organised by timebankers for timebankers. We will continue to build connections across the community sector so that the Timebank can support other community organisations. I would like to see a membership that adequately represents the diversity of the community we live in.”

At the birthday awards ceremony, awards went to people who help with the running of the Timebank: Gradon, Kiri and Bernadette, who have all volunteered in the timebank office, as well as Lisa, who has done much of the design work, and Matt, who built the website and regularly updates it. Rex and Kim were also awarded for doing the neighbourhood hubs in Island Bay and Newtown, and Jen was awarded for the Trading Tales articles.

There were also special mentions that went out to Marion, Leonie and Renee, who all “active and generous traders,” according to Hannah.

Finally, the timebanking awards went to Bakhtawar - for providing fortnightly companionship to another timebank members.

and Maria - who often responds to requests from people who need immediate support or are in strife.

“Maria’s experience and knowledge combined with her cheerful and caring personality has been a wonderful support to Timebank members,” says Hannah.

Now for the big award (drumroll please. The Timebanker of the Year award went to... Willie Gunn.

“Willie has been a wonderful advocate for the Timebank and he often reaches out to the community. He has done this through offering to be a mentor for a young man who was doing his community service hours through the Timebank, by helping out in the gardens at Kilmarnock Heights Home, and also by helping one of the younger members of the Timebank collect firewood,” says Hannah, “He also organised a potluck dinner for Timebank members”.

At the end of our first wonderful year of trading, Hannah would also like to shout out to some special people for making the first year possible.

“Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone who has joined the Timebank, because they believe in the concept and want to be part of building their own community. You all inspire me daily,” says Hannah, “Secondly, I want to thank the Wellington City Council, TG Macarthy Trust and the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre who have all generously funded and supported us. We couldn't have done it without you. Thirdly, I would like to thank the steering committee, a team of nine individuals who have all built the Timebank into what it is today.”

Congratulations are in order and a big collective pat on the back to us all for this first year of collaboration, cooperation, success, and, ultimately, support.

Kia Kaha, traders in time, and we’ll see you next year to build on our achievements together.

Jennifer Niven

It's all in the brew...

HAVE you ever had a beer that tastes like pears and passionfruit?

Sonya has. In fact, she brewed it herself, under the guidance of old hand Ryan, who has a penchant for brewing beer. And what’s more, she describes the trade as “my most fun trade yet.”

So how did the pair get started?

Ryan says, “I placed an offer to teach people how to brew beer from a starter kit, and also offered to provide all the equipment to get going. I have been brewing beer for about a year and am enthusiastic about sharing my new-found interest with others.”

Ryan gave Sonya some tips first on what to buy – malt, beer brewing kit, hops – and then they met to brew the beer – he was welcomed into her home with fresh black coffee. Then they met again a month later to bottle the beer.

“I had said to Ryan that I like Indian Pale Ales, so we brewed to that style,” says Sonya, “Ryan has all sorts of technical expertise in terms of how to make the Pale Ale that went beyond the instructions on the kit.”

Ryan’s tips included boiling the malt for extra taste, adding hops to the boil to create a bitter taste – “I shared the advice a friend gave to me,” says Ryan - and then a couple of days later Sonya added more hops for a fruity taste.

“I borrowed Ryan’s barrel to let the beer ferment, then we bottled it,” says Sonya.

And what a success it was.

“Last weekend I tasted my first 'brew' and it is an amazing beer - despite still being very young, I think it tasted like pears and passionfruit and think it is just as good as anything you could buy.”

Sonya enjoyed the trade so much that she can’t wait to brew another batch. “I am now a convert to beer brewing and looking forward to putting down my next one!”

So if you’re keen to give it a go, why not get in touch with Ryan through the Timebank? He says, “I’d really encourage others to give it a go – it’s a relatively simple process and I’d enjoy helping someone to brew their own again”.

As they say, it’s all in the brew…

Jennifer Niven.

Wellington Timebank birthday celebrations - Sunday, 25th November

We will be celebrating our first birthday with a BBQ at the Island Bay Community Centre on Sunday, the 25th of November. Commonsense Organics is generously donating food for the event. The Troubles, a lively and character-filled jazz band, will be playing live. Kids will be entertained by a storyteller with tales of magic and mystery. There will be an award ceremony to acknowledge volunteers and outstanding timebankers with the certificates to be presented by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Over the last year we have swelled to 180 members with 450 hours traded. There is now a mighty community of people rich in skills with the desire to share them with others. There appears to be no task too small or great for timebankers.

The most popular services in the Timebank have been acupressure massage, garden advice, making green cleaning products and hairdressing. Timebank members have also supported each other in the form of companionship or going to WINZ appointments. More hands-on trades have involved DIY at home, motorcycle maintenance and learning how to change the oil in a car.

More than anything the Timebank has proven to be a way for people to connect and get to know each other. “I have noticed so many connections and friendships that have resulted from people meeting each other through the timebank. There is even a fledgling romance blooming!” says Hannah, coordinator of the Timebank. “The timebank connects people in a way that is meaningful. They know that the exchange is going to be based on mutual respect and people enjoy being able to share their skills with others.”

The Timebank has linked up with community organisations throughout Wellington. Earlier in the year, the M12 class at Island Bay School established its own timebank. “The kids were so enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn from each other”, says Hannah.

Let's celebrate! Event details:

Sunday 25 November, 3pm-6pm

Island Bay Community Centre

BBQ, The Troubles live, kids entertainment & award ceremony (with Mayor Celia Wade-Brown)

All welcome – contact Hannah with any questions

Trading Tales: It takes a difference to make a difference

There's a Timebanker in Island Bay with a difference – and he’s making a big difference too. Rex found out about the Timebank through Lindsey at IDEA Services, part of IHC New Zealand, an organisation which works to empower those with intellectual disabilities. Lindsey thought time banking would be empowering for Rex, and in turn Rex liked the idea of getting out and meeting different people.

Together they visited Hannah at the Timebank and although Rex says it was “scary” at first, Hannah made him feel very welcome.

Since then there has been no stopping Rex. He delivered pamphlets around Island Bay for a Timebank event – “That was fun, that was awesome,” he says – as well as helping Ryan, the IDEA Services Volunteer Coordinator move offices, and he also repainted a picnic table for the Island Bay Community Centre, where he volunteers weekly. During these weekly visits he earns time credits by updating the Timebank noticeboard with news for Island Bay members.

Colin, the Island Bay Community Centre Coordinator, says that one of the advantages of the Timebank is that it has given him and Rex a mutual interest.

“We find that we have lots of different things to talk about that we might not otherwise have.”

Rex agrees, and says that he really enjoys having a regular job to do each week.

“I like working with Colin and seeing what people are offering and requesting. It’s good fun putting up the notices.”

Rex has thought a lot about what else he has to offer. His offers include putting up notices, general handyman jobs, pet feeding, stuffing envelopes and cleaning cars.

In return he would like to ask Angie, a chef from the Timebank, to bake him a cake which he could share with his flatmates.

“I’d like that,” says Rex, “I’ll ask her next time I see her.”

The Timebank has made a positive difference to Rex’s life and he believes it has even made him “a better person”. He has learnt new skills as he has become more familiar with his Timebank duties and doesn’t need as much supervision.

Now Rex has a new goal. He would like to learn how to edit the Word documents before printing them and putting them on the noticeboard.

The monthly Island Bay coffee catch ups have also been great for Rex. He says that they are important to him and he turns up every month to meet new people and catch up with those he already knows. Rex says that he has a bigger circle of friends, and he now says hi to the people from the coffee catch ups when he passes them on the street.

Rex is looking forward to the Timebank first birthday celebrations.

“I can’t wait for that. I’ll be there”.

Finally, Rex hopes he can inspire other people, including those with disabilities, to come forward and join the Timebank, as he feels safe with the people he has met.

“They’re good people”.

Jen Niven

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Hook, Line and Sinker

Wellington Timebank and Torchlight Films present fundraising screenings of

Hook, Line and Sinker

at Wellington South Baptist Church, Island Bay
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of September.

Coffee and cake is available for $5 from 6.30pm, film starts at 7.30pm, Q & A with the filmmakers and actors follows.
Tickets are $15 or $10 for concession with ID.

Make a booking (tickets also available on the door)

About the film:

A film inspired by a Wellington bus driver will bring together two grassroots organisations fostering community sustainability.

Set on Wellington’s South Coast and directed by Island Bay filmmakers, Hook, Line and Sinker is the perfect film to fundraise for the growing Wellington Timebank.

Produced by local company Torchlight Films, the film was made with a unique, sustainable budget model. Director Andrea Bosshard believes that the prevalent filmmaking model struggles with issues of sustainability. Everyone involved in the production of Hook, Line and Sinker was paid the same, regardless of their position. The film was completed on a shoestring budget and was self-distributed to over fifty cinemas throughout New Zealand to maximise returns to the cast and crew.

The Wellington Timebank also has an innovative currency model, with every Timebanker’s skills valued equally and traded for time credits. The Timebank is working to build resilient local communities by encouraging Wellingtonians to exchange skills, knowledge and expertise with people in their neighbourhood.

The fundraising film screenings, the first in Island Bay, offer a chance for local residents to meet the actors and filmmakers and mix with their neighbours in the spirit of timebanking. More than 50 New Zealand cinemas have shown Hook, Line and Sinker and Island Bay Timebanker Sonya Cameron is excited to see it on home ground, “It’s set on the South Coast, and the directors live in my neighbourhood; it’s great to get out and celebrate local film in our community”.

Inspired by a chance sighting of a bus driver swimming in Houghton Bay, Hook, Line and Sinker tells the working class story of a truck driver (Rangimoana Taylor) who faces unemployment as his eyesight fails. His family, including award winning actors Carmel McGlone and Geraldine Brophy, conspire to take over his breadwinning duties. The entire film was shot locally in Wellington including South Coast beaches, the Willis Street WINZ office and St. Mary of the Angels church in Boulcott Street.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Make a booking!

Permaculture blitz

Renee is excited about the prospect of transforming her garden after getting advice from three different timebank members recently.

“My garden is really out of control! And in rebuilding it I'm keen to follow some permaculture principles which I had heard were all about making gardening easy and practical for everyday life.”

Renee has been a keen gardener for a number of years and she has dreamed of using permaculture principles to guide her gardening.

Grabbing the opportunity of linking in to other people’s knowledge and experience through the timebank, Renee put up a request for permaculture advice.

She had three timebankers contact her almost immediately: Irene, a landscape designer, Sarah, Chairperson of Permaculture NZ and Marie, a self-taught permaculture enthusiast.

Renee was thrilled with the result.

“It was great to learn about permaculture in the context of my own garden. Sarah had some fantastic tips on NZ plants that I would be able to grow in different areas of the garden … Marie noted down the dimensions of my front yard and went away and made me a plan which included the arc of the winter and summer sun, prevaling wind, microclimates, what I should plant where, composting, herb spirals and more.” 

Marie had recently learned about permaculture and was excited about the opportunity that this trade offered both her and Renee.

“Meeting Renee was for me an opportunity to share what I've learned so far and maybe inspire someone as I've been inspired. I hope to be able to go back and help her set some of the features she'd like to experiment.”

Marie has certainly achieved that - she inspired many of us at the Newtown Hub get together at Renee's house when she took us through the plan she had made for Renee's garden.  

Good luck transforming your garden Renee!

Recent offers and requests

A selection of offers and requests currently on offer at the Wellington Timebank:


General household repairs..

i can repair most things in a house im no expert but ive a good general knoweledge and im happy to help...

Baby Sitting

Do you need a break from your kids?! I'm happy to take them to your local park for an hour on the weekend. Or I can watch them at your house for an hour while you go out...

Computer Graphics Help

I generally can help with most web and print materials, photo cleaning and manipulation, as well as compositing...

Teaching Sewing

I have been making my own clothes for 46 years! I can teach you to sew or help you with your sewing problems.

Applying for funding or organising an event?

I am a theatre director and event manager so if you need a hand either organising a function or if you need some help with applying for funding...

Decluttering / Filing / Listing Help

Do you need help decluttering a room or even your whole home? Or maybe you need a hand with filing? I am happy to help!

Need a lift? Or a towbar?

I am happy to take you shopping (or pick it up and drop it off to you) or, for those that need something bigger moving I have a towbar (but no trailer) so can help there too!


Do you need a bit of help in the garden? Weeding, planting, mowing... would be happy to offer a pair of greenish thumbs to help you out. I live in Newtown...

Organic vegetable advice!

We grow vegetables, keep chooks and bees in Newtown. (Bee beginners!) Happy to share expereinces, advice, seedlings and occasional surplusses...

Flax available for you to harvest

Want some flax for weaving etc? Well we have some. You will need to harvest your self, we can show you how if you need guidance...

Child minding

Hi, I can look after children week day afternoon/evenings. Experienced 16 year old.

Cleaning products - make your own!

I can help to get rid of all your nasty chemical cleaning products. I will provide tested recipes and advice on where to source ingredients to make your own green cleaning products...

Weeding and light gardening

Weeding - I love it!!! It is so relaxing. I would be happy to spend an hour or so in your garden...

Advice on Marketing / Selling your Craft

Sonya of Copper-Red is offering help and advice with how to market and sell your craft. This could include on-line sales, advice on markets, and advice on selling to shops.


Truck Service

Hi! We are moving to a new place and getting new furnitures. But we have no means of transferring the furnitures to our new place. It would be great if you can help with picking up furnitures from couple of places around Wellington and deliver it in Newtown. Moving will be done around 20th to 26th of August. Please reply asap...

Gardener needed to give advice

Hi folks, I have a small garden with some plants in large terracotta pots. Some are doing well, some are dying - I need someone to come and tell me what I'm doing wrong...

Horse withdrawal syndrome - Please help!!

It's been over a year since I last rode a horse and I've started developing symptoms of the dreaded HWD (Horse withdrawal syndrome)...

Accountancy and/or Business Advice

I am starting up an interesting small business and would like to get some advice on how to manage my books...

Computer upgrade mac versus pc advice

Hi i currently have a PC computer i got it around 2003/4. I need to totally upgarde my computer so wondering whether i should switch to MAC. A fifteen minute phonecall might be all that is needed..

Mig welder

Hello.. im after borrowing a mig welder of someone... i have a welding mask but really could do with a welder for a day or two im building a rocket stove...

Hard Labour

I need help digging a groove up a hill to lay some pipes. More for the company than anything, but you will need to be a bit fit.

Building advice for buying a house

Hi, my friend is wanting to buy a house and would really love someone who knows a bit about building to look over it and give her some advice...

Building a computer desk riser ...

I work in visual effects and sit at least 10 hours a day, sometimes up to 14 hours straight. Since I am a contractor I am responsible for providing most of my own needs related to work. It turns out sitting so much isn't working out for me and I am interested in help creating a wooden boxed structure that will support...

Funding Applications for Community Events

I produce a wide variety of fun free public events throughout every year and would love to find that person who can do successful funding applications for me...

Weeding in organic garden

We would love to have a bit of help staying on top of the weeding. We have a shady steep section with narrow terraces, and we grow a range of vegetables, herbs and small fruits, plus have several larger fruit trees established...

Community venture

I had an idea that I would like to put out there to the community. It is along the lines of Mondragon.

I'd like to see if we have the potential to create something similar here in Wellington...

Community gardens

There is a community garen in Owhiro bay and an opportunity for more people to get involed in growing their own food...

Spare bike parts

I would be interested in any spare bike parts or old bikes which i could use to fix my own bike in the future, or to use to fix other people's bikes...

Keffir grains, sour dough starter, cambutcha

Wondering if anyone got any of those and also can teach me how to use them.

Comfrey plants

I would love some comfrey plants if anyone has any spare :)

Canna lily swap

I have bengal tiger type canna lillies.  they are tall ones with orange flowers. The leaves are lime green with white/yellow stripes. I would to like to swap some of these for other tall ones with different coloured flowers and preferally with the dark green leaves...

Ukulele lessons

Can you help me get beyond the basic Uke chords - especially strumming patterns. All help and encouragement gratefully received.

Trading Tales: First time fisherwoman

GIVE a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. And while time banker and first-time fisher-woman Leonie is yet to land the big one, she’s recently been taught the basics of fishing and is quickly becoming addicted to the meditative sport.

Obliging fellow time banker Richard was the one to supply the knowledge, imparted via a day’s time bank trade: a fishing trip to Seatoun.

“...The coinciding of availability, weather, and tide times took a little while, but soon, bag packed, I was picked up on a Saturday afternoon to be shown the basics,” says Leonie, who adds that her teacher was a natural at passing on his tips and tricks.

“Richard was great, very patient and encouraging, and he showed me how the reels work, how to bait, cast and reel in. He made the basics seem very easy.”

Armed with reels of new knowledge, Leonie remarks that she’s been out on her own since, and fishing has now become a new-found hobby, coinciding with her interest in self-sufficiency.

“I learned what I needed to and could see how addictive it was. I had fond memories of being with my grandfather as he fished in rivers in the Midlands, and with my father fishing for catfish in ponds in Uganda, but I’d never fished myself. I love being outside, and I find the sea very calming.”

Leonie also enjoyed the opportunity to make a new acquaintance.

“If someone had told me I’d spend two hours in winter on a wharf with a vicar, I’d have thought it highly unlikely, but the joys of time banking mean getting to know people outside your usual group. It gives different perspectives that challenge perceptions and stereotypes.”

Leonie’s still holding out hope of some better catches, other than a cold and some “exotic” seaweed, though she says the thought of accidentally snagging a 40 kilogram king fish is rather daunting.

She says, “I’m looking forward to the summer season, and perhaps even landing my first fish”.

Good luck Leonie!

Recent offers and requests

A selection of offers and requests currently on offer at the Wellington Timebank:


Event and Project Management Support (Advice)

I am can offer my sweet experience with community and art projects and events. Happy to provide advice and organisational support.

Te Reo Maori

Kia ora koutou. Kei te pehea koutou? Come and learn some basic Te Reo Maori and feel more confident at starting out on this journey. Ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere (Adorn the bird with feathers, so that it can fly)

Salsa Lessons

Dancing - exercise without the pain, enjoy being with people without the awkward conversations, no meditation required to be in the moment. Let me teach you the basics/intermediate level Cuban salsa so you can shimmy in the kitchen or on the dance floor.

Beer Brewing

I can show you how to make your own beer from a 'beer kit'. I have all of the gear that you can borrow for the duration of your brew. It costs about $35 for the malt extract, hops etc and that gives you 23L of yum.

Driving Lessons

I am offering driving lessons to anyone who has their own car. I am based in Island Bay.

Errards and Transport

I can help people out with transport to and from the supermarket. I can also pick up your groceries and deliver them to your door.

Housework/ Gardening

I am well-trained in household chores by my mom. And I'm a perfectionist so when I do something, I make sure that its the best that can be. If you need help in house chores or hand in your garden...

English Tutorials

I am IELTS certified and college graduate. I have also attended an English review center back in the Philippines. Most people tell me that I have an American accent.

Pet Care

I have 2 dogs back in the Philippines whom I have taken care for more than 5 years. I miss them and I would be happy to look after your dogs like they are mine…

Care for Sick/Elderly

I am a registered nurse for more than 3 years now. I have handled individuals of different ages in the hospital. If you need someone to care for your sick relatives or watch over elderly just let me know and I will see if I'm free…


I am a registered nurse for more than 3 years now. I LOVE babies and kids so looking after them would be no problem for me. I have handled kids of different ages in the hospital which I enjoyed a lot. If you need someone to care for your children just let me know...

Stage, Audio and Music Live Production

I am an experienced live sound technician, stage manager, and concert producer. Advice or services offered.

Ultimate Frisbee Coach

Yup, its true. I coach ultimate frisbee to secondary school PE classes, primary school classes, holiday programs, and similar. I play weekly and have captained many teams..

University Study Advice

I have spent 17 of the last 20 years at Victoria University, and while accumulating a silly number of degrees, have learnt a lot of the tricks of the trade as to what they want from students. I am not offering to be a tutor here - I am offering to share some good study habits for success...

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele Tuition

I am an experienced professional band bass player; and am a competent guitarist. I have had very good feedback when I have given beginner to intermediate guitar lessons, and am happy to offer this service, either guitar or bass.

Nutritional advice

I am a doctor and I have a special interest in keeping people healthy through diet and exercise. I can help you make really nutritional food and cooking choices. I can explain why you might want to make certain choices and why 'diets' may or may not work and aren't usually a good idea...

Personal Training

I am a keen runner but mostly am interested in fitness for good living. How can being fitter make you feel better and sleep better. Are you keen to exercise but lack the motivation and need someone to go with you? Or just someone to remind you and set you a program? I can walk with you, run with you or even hoola hoop with you (I can lend hoops...)

Acupressure massage / Traditional Chinese Medicine

I'm a qualified acupuncturist, registered with the British Acupuncture society, but don't practice here. I do however offer TCM (acupressure) therapeutic massage and diet, exercise and lifestyle health advice both from my TCM training, and from my MSc in health promotion.

Conversations with Claire

I am an arts practitioner with an interest and curiosity in people and community. I love to talk and share ideas and connect with people. "Shared ideas strengthen our own resolve to create change"

Hairdressing services

Woman's Haircuts (Consultation necessary), Mens Haircuts and Beards/Mustache trims, Colour Work (Consultation preferred before colour purchases), Hairups for Balls or formal events, Wedding hair

Pc Support

I can offer support with computer issues, upgrades, antivirus, PC slowness- help to speed things up, help with setting up web pages, setting up home networks


Accountancy and/or Business Advice

I am starting up an interesting small business and would like to get some advice on how to manage my books.

Housecleaning for my Mother who has recently been ill. 

My mother has recently been ill, and I'd love to help her out with some housecleaning, but I'm really busy myself.

Computer upgrade Mac versus PC advice

I currently have a PC computer and I need to totally upgrade my computer so wondering whether I should switch to Mac. A fifteen minute phonecall might be all that is needed...

Hard Labour

I need help digging a groove up a hill to lay some pipes. More for the company than anything, but you will need to be a bit fit.

Building advice for buying a house

Hi, my friend is wanting to buy a house and would really love someone who knows a bit about building to look over it and give her some advice. She doesn't know much about building so any experience with this sort of thing would be appreciated...

Building a computer desk riser ...

I work in visual effects and sit at least 10 hours a day, sometimes up to 14 hours straight. Since I am a contractor I am responsible for providing most of my own needs related to work. I am interested in help creating a wooden boxed structure that will support...

Funding Applications for Community Events

I produce a wide variety of fun free public events throughout every year and would love to find that person who can do successful funding applications for me. There are plenty of organisations that offer funding, as grants or donations, but not enough hours in the day for me to apply to many of them.

Weeding in organic garden

We would love to have a bit of help staying on top of the weeding. We have a shady steep section with narrow terraces, and we grow a range of vegetables, herbs and small fruits, plus have several larger fruit trees established...

Permaculture planning

I'd love to permaculture blitz my garden. Does anyone have time to do a walk round and give me some tips?


I work at home and am currently running a number of community projects, most of them volunteer. I need someone to help me become more organised and have a better approach to balancing the projects…

Community gardens

There is a community garden in Owhiro bay and an opportunity for more people to get involved in growing their own food. Also a new community garden recently is being established in Johnsonville and Newlands, please contact me if anyone has interested in becoming involved in community gardens.

Spare bike parts

I would be interested in any spare bike parts or old bikes which i could use to fix my own bike in the future, or to use to fix other people's bikes…

Driving lessons

i have finally decided at the age of 25 it is time to learn how to drive. I would have to admit that I have actually only driven a car about 5 times in my life, maybe even less...

Ukulele lessons

Can you help me get beyond the basic Uke chords - especially strumming patterns. All help and encouragement gratefully received.

Trading Tales: Cooking up a storm for fair trade

Tania is a dab hand in the kitchen. The talented time banker, trading since late 2011, recently cooked up a storm for A Fine Affair, a dinner and auction event held at the Newtown Community Centre as part of Fair Trade Fortnight.

“A Fine Affair was a way to raise funds for Oxfam, raise awareness about fair trade foods and generally have a great time enjoying food,” says Tania.

She has never trained as a chef and owes her tasty talents to her aunt, family friends and serious hours spent poring over cookbooks.

“Only really from age 16 on did I start to really make an effort with cooking. I was a vegetarian from age 10-20, and having to think creatively about eating well was an impetus to learn more about food,” she says.

Travel also tickled Tania’s taste buds.

“I moved to London as an 18 year old and was super inspired by my food experiences there and in subsequent travels: working in a Spanish restaurant, Nepalese dumplings, stuffing myself with tapas in San Sebastian, discovering the incredible range and freshness of southern Mexican cuisine. That was really formative for me.”

Tania’s talents shone through at A Fine Affair, where she put on a three course feast for 35 guests, who gathered to enjoy music and share wine, company and, of course, the excellent food. The sumptuous menu included a selection of hors d'oeuvres, rice pilaf with carrots and oranges, braised duck with figs, roast baby pumpkins, fennel and orange salad and – definitely not to be missed – a dessert of rich chocolate cake with vanilla roast pears.

Where possible, fair trade ingredients were used, including olive oil, rice, sugar and chocolate.

“It was definitely a challenge, mostly because fair trade products available in New Zealand tend to be dried goods, so we had to be realistic about how fair trade the meal could be. I think we struck a good balance between seasonal, local, fair trade and delicious… It was a grand success!”

Now Tania has some time banking credits to her name and though she hasn’t used them yet, she says “… actually I'm hoping to get some help mending some clothes, and maybe with a mid-winter clean up of my backyard.  We will see…”


A very fine affair

This is a Fairtrade City Wellington written by A Fine Affair organiser Renee Rushton

Today I had the pleasure of triumphantly depositing $1700 in the Oxfam Coffee Break bank account!

Guests at A fine affair

This money was raised at the formal dinner, A Fine Affair, by the amazing group of timebankers, volunteers, sponsors and guests, who worked, donated and consumed delicious fairtrade food and drink.

The day started bright and early for our star chef, Tania Sawicki Mead, along with a dedicated team of kitchen hands including Nolan Hodgeson, Karly Christ, Kate Wilson and Renee Rushton. A crisp selection of fresh food donated by Commonsense Organics and The Organic Connection was unpacked and the preparation began.

The Newtown Community Centre Theatre was transformed into a beautiful, fine-dining restaurant setting lit with fairy lights and candles and decorated with fair-trade coffee sacks. The tables were adorned with bouquets of woven flax flowers, fig branches and kawa kawa handmade by Kiri Stevens. A team including Vanessa Rushton, Hannah Mackintosh and Kelly Spencer with their attention to detail created a beautiful scene made possible by the fine cutlery, crockery and glassware loaned free of charge by Keri at Te Whare Waka.

Yealands wine

Guests arrived from 7pm and were greeted with fine wine donated by Yealands Estate – A delicious drop to accompany the hors d’oeuvres of crispy polenta with pears and blue cheese, warmed marinated olives (using fairtrade olive oil), fairtrade spiced toasted almonds and Crostini with beetroot dip. Members of the time banking community, Bobby Semau, Anna Costly and Kelly Spencer waited attentively on the guests.

Hors d’oeuvres were followed by an inspiring talk by Matt Morrison from All Good Bananas. Matt informed us of how empowering the fairtrade movement has been for the Ecuadorian banana farmers he works with. For the farmers, having the fairtrade certification means a guaranteed stable price for their produce and the ability to support their families and invest in their communities.

The main meal was served to the accompaniment of a string trio of violinists Tristan Carter and Hannah Fraser with Mostyn Cole on the double base. This local Newtown trio wooed the guests with their sweet sounds adding to the magic of the evening.

The feast was composed of fairtrade rice pilaf with carrots, oranges and pistachios, braised duck with figs (fairtrade spices and olive oil) and a seasonal salad. Vegetarians enjoyed roast baby pumpkins stuffed with puy lentils and labneh.

Dion, of The Amazing Travelling Photobooth, then kicked off a phenomenal charity auction. I’ve never come across a man with such an incredible talent to make a room of people laugh and have a fantastic time while handing over their hard earned cash. His charisma and sense of humour, combined with the generosity of the guests, meant that we raised over $1000 in the auction alone.

A huge thank you goes out to all the sponsors who donated items for the auction in support of fairtrade.


These included:

After Dion blew us all away with an amazing auction, the guests were served a sumptuous rich chocolate cake with drunken raisins (using Fairtrade chocolate and sugar) followed by fair trade tea and coffee. The sumptuous fresh, fairtrade coffee and the Chemex coffee makers were generously supplied by People’s Coffee.

The guests and the volunteers who generously donated their time and talents had fantastic night filled with fun; they learnt more about the business behind Fairtrade and about the different ingredients that are available to buy in New Zealand that they can now serve around their own dinner tables.


You can check out more photos from the night on our facebook page.