Help at our animal sanctuary and to start a food forest in Waimamaku, New Zealand


New Zealand

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  • Description


    We are a vegan same-sex couple running an animal sanctuary with 16 cows and calves, 2 sheep, 2 ducks, and 16 chickens currently. We are also starting a food forest and restoring the farm with native bush. Our end goal is also to have a sanctuary for females that need a safe space from the world to heal for a while, using the animals, garden, and forest to help them heal. Because at any time we may be helping someone vulnerable, we are only looking for females that have good emotional intelligence, communication and calm demeanors.

    Both Emily and Zara work part-time. Emily studies part-time as well and otherwise, we are busy with the sanctuary and restoration projects.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can teach many things like living sustainably, low-carbon lifestyles, vegan cooking and food, basic permaculture, English, basic French, basic Maori, building skills, gardening, propagation of plants, how to look after animals, sustainable grazing, up close relationships with ducks, cows and chickens. We love card and board games.
    We are also a nurse that is working in forest restoration and studying climate change strategies and a Zara does websites and social media marketing.

  • Help


    We would expect help 4 days a week for 4 hours in exchange for a room, amenities (internet, bathrooms etc) and food. Depending on the situation at the time this might be cooking, gardening, propagating plants in the nursery, planting plants, helping with the animals (feeding chickens, counting the cows, looking after any that need special care), weeding the paddocks, helping make fences or troughs etc. There are opportunities for artists of any medium to also contribute that way, making the farm more interesting and fun. We have project ideas that we just will never get to that artists can also help with.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Maori: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    People coming here would need their own car and be ok eating and cooking plant-based food while here.
    You would have your own room in the house with us, or a caravan that is about 2 paddocks away. The house has electricity, tv, unlimited wifi, 1 toilet and bath/shower inside and hotwater. The caravan is located away from the house by its own little pond and has a small solar unit for lights and charging. It has a sink and running water and an outside toilet (should be finished by then). Those using the caravan could come to use the house and its facilities when needed.
    The farm has some cellphone signal, but only a few bars here and there. In the house there is good Vodafone reception.

    Food is provided and we assume you would eat with us, but you may do whatever suits you best.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    No smokers. Our 80 acres are partially forested, set at the end of a gravel road with beautiful NZ rainforest hikes only 2kms down the road. We are close to Tane Mahuta, beaches, Kai iwi lakes, the Hokianga and giant sand dunes.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 4 days a week

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