The people behind the Timebank

Timebank Coordinator

Chris Carey-Smith

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

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

Steering Committee

Sonya Cameron

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

Lainey Cowan

Margaret Crisp

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

Anna Porter

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

Renee Rushton

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

Gradon Diprose

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