We are Daniel and Rashel, a home educating family of three, sometimes four, or more, (when the other family comes home from overseas) who chose to immigrate to New Zealand. We have a cat, chickens and ducks and plan to add animals as we can. We originated in California, but that was another lifetime ago. We used to work in the movie business, have lived in several countries, have traveled extensively and chose Mangawhai, New Zealand as our little patch of paradise. Our dream is a permaculture food forest and a peaceful place to create interesting art and projects and to make a difference in the lives of others through connections and community. We are working at making a self-sustaining, creative, healthy and serene life for ourselves and others on our property.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are mostly interested in hosting those with experience and knowledge in permaculture, forest gardening or food forests design, and building and Eco projects. We require help with preparing the land and soil for food trees, vegetable gardens, chickens and other useful contributors, as well as future accommodation structures. Gathering and cutting firewood, building fences, maintenance and repairs, on the property, landscaping and tree trimming, digging, hauling, spreading wood chips, expanding the pond, organising, building, help in the house, etc. We would welcome help with the above and other jobs as they come up, 4-5 hours a day, five days a week or we could do a more flexible arrangement of 3 full days on working, with 4 off. Please note: the tasks of cooking and clearing up are also SHARED.
Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner
We offer a single room in the house, camping on our land, or? With your help we will expand our accommodations. We are mostly organic and really love good, healthy food.
We are rural and it is very quiet here with lots of native birdsong. We enjoy the peaceful and serene environment of the native bush and spring on our block. There is a swimming hole in the brook, or you can walk up in to the forest and follow it for a longer hike. We are on the fringe of the Bryndewyn hills and one can tramp right out into the bush and to the kiwi reserve.
For some fun and exploration off property, there are a lot of choices:
We are located in Magical Mangawhai. We are only 10 minutes drive from 3 villages, Mangawhai Village, Mangawhai Heads and Kaiwaka. Our area is know for its beaches, the estuary and surf beach, fishing, a great Saturday market, fabulous walks, art, wine, cheese shop, good food, avocados, olives, chocolate factory, etc. Off State Highway 1, Mangawhai is just 80 minutes north of Auckland Harbour Bridge, but a world away.
You can read a lot more information from the local community website, if you google magical mangawhai.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week