Experience East Coast life connected to bush and sea (Eastern Bay of Plenty, NZ)

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  • Description

    Description

    — 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
    - fencing

    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

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    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

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Maori: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

2017 After moving in and mowing the hay paddock long lawns
Painting house with Canelle and Bob
View from my bedroom window
painting finished ready for Winter
Moutohora/Whale Island sunset
East Coast
Brazier under crescent moon
Workaway guest room
Sinhue sharing his tortilla (Spanish omelette) recipe
Full moon rising
Gathering harore with Gabby and Nikita
French crepes!

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