What is TimeBanking?

TimeBanking is a way of gifting skills in a community. Every member of our community has valuable talents and abilities to offer. Timebanking allows you to record and swap these talents with others in a non-monetary system. Members of a TimeBank share their skills and abilities with other members within their community and are given “time credits” for the contribution they make. With the credits they gain, each member can request someone else’s time and get the services they need.


Member A shares their skill of gardening with Member B by working in B’s garden for two hours. A earns two “time credits” for her work.


Member A uses her time credits to have Member C drive her to the airport.

Needs Met

Now, Member B has his gardening done, Member A made it to the airport on time, and Member C now has time credits to use for help with tax paperwork.

TimeBank Benefits


It creates and promotes well-being, helping communities flourish and thrive. It’s about having vibrant, healthy, interconnected New Zealand communities, which are acknowledged as the life force of our country.



It offers not only a sense of belonging that benefits everyone, but provides much needed help to the community. From small to large tasks, everyone can be supported by and support others with their own skills and talents.



It attracts people who might not normally be interested in traditional volunteer work and, therefore, creates a large network of unconditional sharing and care between neighbours and members.



It allows members to learn from one another and share skills and talents that normally would not be used. It creates classrooms outside of schools and learning opportunities in everyday lives.

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