Earthquake relief


Lyttelton has something to share with New Zealand.

No, we don’t wish a 7.1 earthquake on the rest of New Zealand, nor an ongoing swarm of nerve-stretching aftermath quakes. We can share some of the stories that are unfolding. And the most telling story is about ‘the how’ we are dealing with the situation.

Lyttelton has a Time Bank. Time Banks facilitate the sharing of skills within a community. Every task undertaken is measured not by a dollar value but by the time it takes to do the job. Everyone’s time is equal. Everyone is valued.


With no real Civil Defence presence in Lyttelton, the local volunteer fire brigade and the Health Centre turned to the Time Bank. Quickly and efficiently all Time Bank members (10% of the local population) were notified, tasks identified, teams organized. A drop-in point at the Information Centre was established. A check-in and chat over a cuppa eased the tension of waiting for the unknown.


Once the dust has settled and life returns to a more normal pattern, the camaraderie, the sense of connection, the care and love for one another won’t disappear. Even when the immediate needs created by the earthquake subside, the Time Bank will continue to function, to build on these human connections, to create an alive, vibrant community.


What community wouldn’t want one?


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