Oamaru residents, organisations and businesses are being
urged to revert to the barter system and trade with their
time rather than their money.
Following in the footsteps of the Project Lyttelton
timebanking project, the Transition Oamaru and Waitaki
District projects want to introduce a Timebank community in
Transition Oamaru and Waitaki District co-chairwoman Nathalie
Brown said representatives from the Lyttelton project would
outline the mechanics of the system, which allows members to
share their skills with other members either directly, or in
return for credits, at a Camp Iona seminar on January 26.
''Timebanking is a way of trading skills in a community. It
uses time, rather than money, as a bartering tool.
''There are about 25 timebanks around New Zealand and we are
delighted to be able to offer this service to the community
as part of the Transition Oamaru activities.''
Ms Brown said the system would be introduced at a seminar to
be held at the end of the Transition Oamaru and Waitaki
District summer school, which would run from January 12 to
She was particularly keen to attract people who had the IT
skills to run the system in return for timebank credits, she
Project Lyttelton chairwoman Margaret Jefferies said the
Lyttelton timebank, which started about seven years ago, had
more than 450 members.
Ms Jefferies said although timebanking was similar to the
barter system, it was also open to organisations.
''It is a way of bartering, but it is a bit more than that,
because you can have organisations belonging. So schools can
belong, medical centres can belong. It's more than just
individual to individual.''