Experience Maori culture and simple sustainable living by helping on our eco friendly permaculture farm in Turangi NZ

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  • Description

    Description

    Kia ora from Lisa at the Farm. We want to share our beautiful Maori culture, and introduce you to our simple, sustainable, organic, permaculture way of living.

    If you want an authentic Maori experience then our Farm is the place to be. If you are passionate about the environment, and would like to learn or practice your organic, sustainable, permaculture gardening skills then this is the perfect opportunity to do so. There are also numerous ongoing projects on the Farm, such as eco building renovations of yurts / roundhouses, and many opportunities to express your creative artistic design skills.

    You will have the opportunity once a week to experience gardening in our Maori language speaking school in Taupo, and see a real Maori haka performed. There are also opportunities to visit and help at our local Marae (Where the tribe gathers).

    My name is Lisa and I am from Aotearoa (New Zealand). Tongariro is my mountain, Rotoaira is my Lake, and Ngati Tuwharetoa is my Tribe. I am also a qualified Permaculture Design Consultant. I have been given the chance to use this beautiful Maori land, and would love to share it with you.

    Our Farm is a developing Education Centre for Sustainable Living on four hectares in Turangi, establishing organic gardens, orchards and small experimental buildings. Our sustainable practices include eco-friendly building, growing nutrient rich food, using solar energy, and applying permaculture principles whenever possible. We do not use herbicides or pesticide sprays, and only use natural organic fertilizers. Now that New Zealand is no longer recycling soft plastics, we have adopted a what you bring in you take out policy.

    We have been farming here since March 2010. This is a Maori word meaning to embrace or care for. We love to help in our community and we would love to share a real view into our Maori culture.

    We are also a small animal sanctuary. Come and meet our rescue animals, Honey the dog, Kune the pig, and our free range chickens. Naumai haere mai (come you are welcome).

    PS: if you want a Ta moko ( tattoo ) by an original Maori tattoo artist we can connect you to all of it.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our Farm is the main project. We welcome interested people from everywhere to come and learn about permaculture, sustainability, and regenerative land use.
    We have a strong relationship with our local Maori school in Taupo.
    We have whanau (family) that are willing to take you fishing, hunting if you are interested.

  • Help

    Help

    Numerous projects such as:
    Maintaining the organic gardens
    (planting, weeding, pruning)
    Harvesting veges and fruits from the garden
    Feeding the animals (chickens, pig and dog)
    Building maintenance and fixing around the farm
    Eco building projects
    Gardening at the school with kids
    Helping at the Marae if needed
    Sharing your cooking skills
    Cleaning (community kitchen, huts, and bathroom/compost loos)
    Painting
    Expressing your art

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Maori

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The workawayers share a village which includes 9 huts, each with 2 bunk beds. The huts are a cute but simple and basic design. Please note there is no electricity in the huts. We have two solar showers, and use compost toilets. There is also a community kitchen / dining area where you can charge your phones and get free wifi.

    Food: We provide delicious organic fruits and veges from the garden (changing with seasons) and the basics (rice, pasta, oats, flour, etc). You are also welcome to bring your food to share in our community meals. You can also make your own tea with the plants around (eg. mint and lemon balm).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Tokaanu geothermal hot pools are 4km away. The Tongariro alpine crossing is not far, also known as Mount Doom, if you happen to have read The Lord of the Rings or seen the movies! There are nice walks around the farm and in summer we often go together to Lake Taupo which is just a 10 minutes drive away or walk to the Tongariro river just up the road for a swim.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week. Take some time to visit our beautiful region on your days off

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