Enjoy Exploring our Collection of Resources

(We are currently (Nov 2016) gathering these resources and appreaciate your patience. Contact our co ordinator with your suggestions.)

Timebank Educational Resources

Here are some links to blog posts, podcasts and videos about timebanking and related topics.


Blog posts/ News Articles

2017 Stuff Article on Timebanking




An Episode of 2c worth called Banking on time - approximately 20 mins

A 2019 BBC Programme called Banks that run on time instead of money - 23 mins long

Check out this series of 50 shortish stories (2-10 minutes each) about timebanking.







Timebank Educational Resources

Here are some links to blog posts, podcasts and videos about timebanking and related topics.


Blog posts




Check out this series of 50 shortish stories about timebanking.







Boyle, D (2001) Timebanks - a radical manifesto for the UK. Accessed July 2020

What makes an active timebank - an article outlining some quantitative research comparing timebanks across the world. She develops models to try to get an idea of the features that make a timebank more active.  Common to both models was more requests and fewer offers.   There were others.  Having a paid coordinator might be one factor that would not be immediately visible given then approach she has taken.   The researcher has future plans so with luck will produce more insights.  


Benefits of Timebanking

Timebanks need to be able to talk about the benefits that they bring to the communities they serve if they want funding - however small or large the following provide some information  on this

 Here is a page written by the University of York looking at the benefits of Timebanking.

Boyle, D., Clark, S. and Burns, S. (2006) Hidden work. New Economics Foundation.  Accessed July 2020

Knapp, M. and Bauer, A. and Perkins, M. and Snell, T. (2012) Building community capital in social care: is there an economic case? Community Development Journal, online ISSN 0010-3802.  Abstract available here

New Economics Foundation (2011) In this together.

Seyfang, G. (2002) The time of our lives. New Economics Foundation. A summary document of an evaluation of Timebanking in the UK Accessed July 2020

Slay, J. and Robinson, B. (2011) In this together. New Economics Foundation. Accessed July 2020

Tempero Time Credits Evaluation of impact - report featured on this page

Coote et al (2008) The New Wealth of Time: How timebanking helps people build better public services. New Economics Foundation. Accessed July 2020.


 Other possibilities if you have access to a University library

Kimmel, S. (2009) Beyond Volunteerism: Timebanking as a Catalyst for Community and Economic Regeneration. Social Policy, Vol. 39 Issue 3.Powell, K. and Dalton, M. (2003) Co-Production, Service Exchange Networks, and Social Capital. The Social Policy Journal,Volume 2, Issues 2-3.

Sacha, L. (2012) Bank on it. Mental Health Today, March/April, 28-29.

 Letcher, A.S. and Perlow, K.M (2009) Community-Based Participatory Research Shows How a Community Initiative Creates Networks to Improve Well-Being.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 37, No. 6 Supplement 

Seyfang, G. (2003) Growing Cohesive Communities One Favour at a Time: Social Exclusion, Active Citizenship and Time Banks. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Volume 27.3 September 2003, 699-706.


Video Resources

Global Mutual Credit: Is it time for a Co-op coin?

One of the main objectives of TimeBank Aotearoa New Zealand is sharing resources.

Information for individuals / groups wanting to start a TimeBank i.e brochure templates, draft job descriptions and more. (Our apologies, we know this is an important category. Our volunteer coordinator has more work than time (ironic we know). If what you want is not yet uploaded then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly. She will almost certainly have what you need.

How does Tax work with TimeBanking in New Zealand?  

Since 2005 until current date (2016) members of TimeBanks within New Zealand do not exchange skills that provide their main form of taxable income ($NZ) for Time Credits. This is in response to advice received from the Inland Revenue Department (IRD). It is important to note that this is not the result of an acutal ruling. 

Our Wellington TimeBank has a saying - "it takes a difference to make a difference". TimeBanking is different and it really changes lives, builds and connects community. How? Read some of our heartwarming stories and example here. Prepare to be moved. 

No More Throw Away People, the Co-Production Imperative by Dr. Edgar S. Cahn. Have you been meaning to read the 'TimeBanking Bible' but not been able to find the time?

Emma McGuirk (who founded the Dunedin Timebank) did her PhD thesis looking at 7 North Island Timebanks in 2017.  The full thesis is not available online but her abstract is available here:

McGuirk, E. (2017). Timebanking in New Zealand: Academic and Activist Discussions of its Challenges and Pleasures (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7445

McGuirk, E. (2017). ‘Timebanking in New Zealand as a prefigurative strategy within a wider degrowth movement’ Journal of Political Ecology 24:595-609.

McGuirk, E. (2012). ‘Studying Time Banking: Exploring Participatory Action Research in Aotearoa New Zealand’ Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies 9(2):142-171.

And here is Emma in person with Matt Slater and Arthur Brock talking about the idea of a Co-op Coin on YouTube.


A growing collection of publications on TimeBanking in New Zealand, featuring the reasearch of Lucie K Ozanne. Lucie is the Associate Professor of Marketing at Canterbury University. Lucie has been involved with TimeBanking from its early beginnings in New Zealand. 

New Zealand TimeBanking in the media, both here and overseas.



"Time banks” build economies and communities without using money

An article in Philanthropy Daily that outlines how Time Exchange works


The Guardian - a British national daily newspaper

Pay it forward: the New Zealand town where your time is a currency. When the port town of Lyttleton was devastated by a series of earthquakes, time banking helped the community harness the resources to rebuild. Article published December 2015.

TV3 - a nationwide New Zealand television channel 

Modern Day Bartering in the form of TimeBank. Broadcasted October 2010.


TEDxTalk - a international social media channel consists of influential videos from expert speakers  

In addition to resources directly related to TimeBanks, here are links to other complementary organisations.

Living Economies

Transition Towns

Bank of Real Solutions