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About Taranaki Timebank

Taranaki TimeBank is a community network where individual and community group members come together to exchange skills, time, resources and knowledge, to foster relationships of trust and generosity. We began our journey in 2012 in New Plymouth, Hāwera in 2016, and we are growing timebanking communities around the region from Waitara (and further north) to Waitōtara. Taranaki Timebank is committed to enhancing the lives of members and the wider community through our wide range of trade opportunities, activities and events. 

Taranaki Timebank Team

We are part of a growing world-wide movement that was popularised in USA by Edgar Cahn in the 1990’s. Taranaki Timebank is driven by the values shared by all Timebanks worldwide:


  1. We are all assets. Every person has something to contribute.

  2. Redefining work. Important work isn’t always paid work. All kinds of work need to be honoured and rewarded. 

  3. Reciprocity. Relationships are about giving and receiving. “You need me” or “I need you” becomes “We need each other.”

  4. Social networks. People looking out for each other helps to weave communities of support, strength and trust. We embrace diversity.

  5. Respect. All of us matter and are accountable to one another. 

Our Vision

Our Vision: “Rarangahia Tātou - Putting the Unity back in Community” - by exchanging skills and experience for time, rather than money, to enhance the lives of Taranaki TimeBank members and our local communities.  

Our Mission

Our 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. Everyone has something of value to share and some forms of work are more valuable than the cost associated with them; like building strong families and safe, connected neighbourhoods.

Taranaki Timebank NZ Opportunities

We respond to the interests of our timebank community to provide experiences that enhance their wellbeing, and opportunities to learn new skills and give back to our communities. Living sustainably is a passion of many members which led to the development of our kai resilience programme and Upsewing Taranaki programmes.

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