Experienced handy people urgently needed for building projects. Christchurch NZ


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    At this moment there are a lot of finishing jobs which would benefit from people who have experience in building, painting, or general experienced 'handy around the house' people. Outside there is a dry wall building project waiting for some one who is strong and knows what they are doing with boulders which came from the foundation of the cottage. There are also some internal walls which need lining and skirting. And then there are some eves that still need cladding. Interior walls and ceilings need painting as well as some outside walls.
    We are not a farm, but a cottage with earthquake repairs still to be finished. In the meantime we have built a studio and cabin with recycled materials. There are 12 chickens in a large perma-culture garden. The Gardener's Cottage is situated in a sunny bay across the harbour from Lyttelton Christchurch. If you are interested to spend some time here you can expect a warm welcome and comfortable lodgings in a character cottage. There is plenty of time to explore the surrounding peninsula, climb a nearby mountain or laze in a cafe. We apply perma-culture principles in all we do and are happy to teach you about this. PLEASE CHECK THE CALENDAR BEFORE YOU MESSAGE US. In your message PLEASE CONFIRM you are a NON Smoker and are happy to volunteer 5 Hours a day. We provide you with a comfortable bed, 3 healthy meals a day, a hot shower and internet access.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We aim to teach you about the particular way we develop our garden according to perma-culture principles, so if you are interested in living sustainably, come and check us out. We are developing our thoughts and actions on zero waste and are always open to new ideas how to reuse, up-cycle and do with less.
    At the Cottage we have a piano and ukulele for muso's, lots of books in English and Dutch, comics, board games. We aim to show you some of the sights if you do not have your own transport. This will depend on the season, how busy we are and the length of your stay. There are many walks and a good tramp up mount Herbert on our doorstep, the cafe's are close and we now also have a little supermarket. The Saturday farmers market and the Harbour Coop are just a ferry ride away and the bus takes you into bustling Christchurch with the transitional Cathedral, Art Gallery, Gap Filler, Community Gardens, Regenerate, Otakaro Project, Libraries, Markets, Canterbury Museum, Botanic Gardens with the Curator's Garden, to name but a few of the numerous attractions.

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    At this moment especially carpentry, painting, general handy work. we are building with recycled materials, tasks would include sanding, cleaning materials, fitting insulation, painting, putting in skirting,finishing off windows etc.etc. We have a perma-culture garden which needs maintenance and development. Tasks include gathering seaweed, weeding, planting, mulching, building beds, making liquid manure, digging trenches, worm farming, composting, pruning, There are also housekeeping jobs like vacuum cleaning, window washing that occasionally need doing. There are maintenance and upkeep jobs going on in the house and there is quite a lot of painting to be done, inside and outside. If you are experienced and handy with a hammer, or know about water systems, we especially invite your input at this time.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, Little French, German, Achterhooks.

  • Accommodation


    You will be staying in the Gardener's Cottage which has comfortable beds. We provide 3 meals a day and are happy to cook for any diet including GF, DF, vegan. We offer one hot shower a day and internet access for emails. We cook mainly with vegetables from our garden.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Diamond Harbour is a small village on Banks Peninsula, 30kms from Christchurch at the sunny side of the harbour. It can be reached by bus (there is a direct service from the airport) and ferry or by car. At the cottage there are several vegetable patches, fruit trees, chickens, a cottage garden, a glasshouse and a little artichoke grove. It's quiet and peaceful here and your entertainment would include walking, running, biking, swimming, reading, using internet at the library, meeting the locals, attending a (yoga)class, having a drink at the cafe, fishing off the jetty, climbing Mount Herbert, exploring Orton Bradley Park with its high ropes course, Victorian Cafe and many walks to Rock, Waterfall and Mount Bradley and Herbert. We are only a 7 minute ferryride away from Lyttelton, the port, with its cafes and shops and Farmers Market on Saturdays, then a bus ride to the centre of Christchurch with it huge array of attractions, from the Cardboard Cathedral to the Museum, from the Art Gallery to the Botanic Gardens, all its Community Gardens, the inviting Public Libraries and the library fridges on the way. In between the leftover rubble of the earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks you'll find some real gems of community resilience.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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