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Thursday August 27, 2015

Time-banking founder to speak in capital By Sam Duff

The well-known founder of the international timebanking movement is set to speak in the capital for the first time thanks to the Wellington Timebank. Self-declared humanitarian Dr Edgar Cahn will speak in Wellington on September 1 on his way to join the Lyttleton Timebank for their 10th anniversary celebrations. Dr Cahn has spent his life fighting injustice and poverty. He is a legal professor, former speech writer to Robert F. Kennedy and the founder of time-banking. Timebanking uses time as a medium of exchange; one hour earns one time credit which buys one hour of someone else’s time. The Wellington Timebank, based at the Newtown Community Centre, was started in 2011 and is now a community of 600 members trading more than 400 hours a month. Members exchange their time and skills, including everything from companionship to haircuts and fishing lessons. Wellington Timebank joined the effort to get Dr Cahn to visit New Zealand for Lyt-

VALUABLE TIME: Anna Porter and Renee Rushton from Newtown Community Centre demonstrate skills that some locals contribute to the Wellington Timebank. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Top place Te Papa has been named one of Lonely Planet’s top 500 places on the planet for people to experience. The national museum is one of nine New Zealand destinations named on the list put together by the popular travel guide book series. Te Papa chief executive says he is delighted that the museum made the cut. “It’s especially exciting to be the one manmade place in New Zealand on the list,” he says. “When you find yourself in the company of Fiordland National Park and Waitomo Caves, you know you are doing something right!”

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tleton Timebank’s birthday festivities, according to Renee Rushton from the Newtown Community Centre. Air New Zealand sponsored Cr Cahn’s visit with free flights to New Zealand and Wellington City Council has organised the venue for his Wellington talk.

“It’s really cool to have him coming to New Zealand,” she says. “It’s amazing to have the guy that came up with the whole concept visiting.” Renee says the great thing about time-banking is that everybody’s time and skills are thought of as equal. Dr Cahn will speak about

time-banking and co-production as a principle for strengthening the social sector during his talk at Mac’s Function Centre on September 1, 5.30 till 6.30pm. You must RSVP by Friday August 28 at events/edgar-cahn-timebanking-founder.

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