The Wairarapa Green Dollar Exchange Inc began in 1991 offering a LETS service to members. Markets were held in members gardens every month or so and "chits" (cheques) collected and processed by an administrator on a computer database.
In 2006 the Exchange joined CES and moved the database on-line where members can logon and enter their own transactions and maintain their own lists of offerings and wants.
In 2008 the Exchange launched the WAIS Voucher Scheme. These Vouchers enable the whole Wairarapa Community the opportunity to use a community currency.
Our mission is to facilitate the exchange of local goods and services amongst the Wairarapa community, using a complementary mutual credit currency. Our aim is to strengthen local community and social climate.
For over twenty years our group has run markets and provided locals with a community currency they can use to supplement their limited New Zealand dollars. We have provided an outlet for local goods & services where members can make profitable use of their time, skills and resources.
We want to get more businesses and the public involved in using our vouchers. We are also keen to support the establishment of a local Time Bank.