— Looking for help 15-23 August. Plan to take the week off work —
I descend from tribes in the Bay of Plenty region from the ancestral canoes - Nukutere, Mataatua & Te Arawa. I work in Conservation and bought a property in late 2017 with 14ha of protected native bush (forest). Unfortunately my work schedule is very unpredictable and I am away most of the time working around Aotearoa/NZ ecology surveying. When I am home I try get as much done as possible.
My vision is to live a simple, self-sufficient life connected to land and sea. Creating a safe space where people can be high on nature.
We are looking for energetic, self motivated, environmentally conscious people who have skills and experience to help with these current projects:
- earth wall building for garden edging
- deck building
- animal pest control (possums, rats, musterlids, cats, mice)
- potting up native seedlings
- roof prep/painting
I can offer volunteers Māori culture, NZ flora & fauna info, NZ music, a peaceful place to be away from the stresses of travel & the city.
I strive to live a waste free life, so if you bring any plastic products (or any other waste) with you, I kindly ask that you take them with you when you leave.
Also prefer people who don't rely on substances like drugs or alcohol
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Connecting/reconnecting to land and sea, conservation/ecology info, Maori culture/language, NZ music, native plants & birds, rongoā (Māori natural medicine), offset carbon footprint from traveling by helping with conservation - giving back to nature.
I love exchanging culture, music, recipes/cooking/food, language, dreams, stories, positive vibes.
Painting, gardening, sustainable construction, scrub cutting, conservation work, general maintenance, lawns, cleaning, building/carpentry, firewood, pest control, art, eco-tourism, computer & internet, marketing, GIS, animal care, electrician, gas fitter, builder/carpenter, sustainable energy experts, permaculture experts, water experts, tiny house experts
I live in a small 2 room self-contained cabin. The cabin is pretty cold in winter and hot in summer. We live on rainwater so guests must be conscious of water consumption. The other dwelling on the property is occupied by a couple (sister & partner) with their 7-year-old son (who has autism).
You will get a bed in a private room. Shared kitchen & bathroom. Compost toilet. Hot shower. Wifi. Breakfast & dinner provided. Share the cooking and clean up. I ask that volunteers organise their own lunch as its not always guaranteed I will be around in the middle of the day.
Prefer guests to take their 2days off during the weekdays so I can work with them during weekends.
Property is located 7min drive to nearest beach (Hukuwai) and 10min drive (30min bike) to Ōpōtiki township.
The area offers bush walks, glow worms, camping, sea swimming/surfing/diving, cycling, bike trails (Motu Trails), hiking, rafting, paddling, yoga, meditation, gardening, organic food, sustainable living, reading, environmental protection/guardianship, NZ birds, Ōpōtiki Library (books and free wifi), cafe/restaurants, arts & crafts stores, opshops, Motu river jetboat, skate park, White Island (Whakaari) tours, kayaking tours, orchards (kiwi fruit, macadamia, avocado, citrus), fishing, hunting, beach walks, sunrises/sunsets, fires, star gazing, river swimming, rock/bridge jumping (bombs), chilling.
Transport to and from Ōpōtiki - hitchhiking, bus, plane to Whakatāne, yacht/vessel, bike.
From Auckland you can fly with Air Chathams to Whakatāne or bus to Ōpōtiki with Intercity.
Its about 4.5 hours drive in a car from Auckland.
From Whakatāne - 45 minutes drive.
From Hamilton - 3.5 hours drive.
From Tauranga - 2 hours drive.
From Rotorua - 2 hours drive.
From Gisborne - 2 hours drive.
From Te Araroa (near first place in the world to see sunrise) - 2.5 hours drive.
From Taupō - 3 hours drive.
From Wellington - 7.5 hours drive.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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