Help restore a piece of history in Whanganui, New Zealand


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    Hi all :)
    Feel like learning some carpentry/building skills while relaxing in a house you can make you own home during your stay?

    My name is Braden, I am a qualified builder who specialises in architectural homes.
    I am looking for eager and fun spirits to join me at my home to help with the gardening, building and restoration of a piece of Whanganui history!
    It is a large property, close to the city, beach and river; yet in a quiet location.
    The house itself has a lot of "character". Built in 1914 there is a lot of work to be done both inside and out.
    Don't be alarmed if you have none or little experience building. I will guide any projects and we can work out what will suit you best.

    Things to do include:
    -Building a chicken coup
    -Building an outdoor bath area for a cast iron bathtub
    -Building a deck
    -Renovation projects inside.
    -Setting up and tending to vegetable gardens.
    -Planting trees
    -Building a fence for the lambs
    And more! There is lots of fun to be had.

    I will be coming and going due to work. I am a very easy going and inquisitive guy. I have been a workawayer myself as I traveled around Europe and found the experience very rewarding. I came across some places I loved and learnt a lot from and places I found were a bit too exhausting.
    When I am not busy I am socialising, listening to as much new music as I can find, reading or trampling along any bush path.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be living in the heart of Whanganui, a little town with a lot to offer. There are great fishing spots on the river and at the beach nearby and plenty of ourdoors to explore.

    There is a bicycle you are free to use.
    And a fishing rod too.

    You will be working at your own pace with clear guidance on building projects. You will learn as you work, working with more tools as you display your confidence.

  • Help


    The most help will be tending to building projects. But there are other things to do around the place. You can help by cooking, or even by cleaning and looking after the place.

    Food will be provided. Each week food will be delivered to the house. If I am there I will be there to cook, however you will be at the mercy of your own culinary skills when I am out for work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Like I say the house has a lot of "character". The kitchen has an old wildfire oven, there is a large dining area, a living area and four large bedrooms. However the kitchen is the currently being revamped as is the bathroom. The word 'luxury' has not been said in these two rooms for decades I would say. But with some elbow grease that is going to change. First thing first is to get hot water going!
    The house has four bedrooms, one is being turned into a larger bathroom though. The living room faces the sun which streams in all day.
    There is a large section with plenty of area to chill. A bamboo thicket for example which will soon host an outdoor bath.
    I would prefer those who are independent and trustworthy as some days I will be away for work.

  • 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

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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