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Kia ora from Lisa at the Farm. We want to share our beautiful Maori culture, and introduce you to our simple, sustainable, organic, permaculture way of living.
If you want an authentic Maori experience then our Farm is the place to be. If you are passionate about the environment, and would like to learn or practice your organic, sustainable, permaculture gardening skills then this is the perfect opportunity to do so. There are also numerous ongoing projects on the Farm, such as eco building renovations of yurts / roundhouses, and many opportunities to express your creative artistic design skills.
You will have the opportunity once a week to experience gardening in our Maori language speaking school in Taupo, and see a real Maori haka performed. There are also opportunities to visit and help at our local Marae (Where the tribe gathers).
My name is Lisa and I am from Aotearoa (New Zealand). Tongariro is my mountain, Rotoaira is my Lake, and Ngati Tuwharetoa is my Tribe. I am also a qualified Permaculture Design Consultant. I have been given the chance to use this beautiful Maori land, and would love to share it with you.
Our Farm is a developing Education Centre for Sustainable Living on four hectares in Turangi, establishing organic gardens, orchards and small experimental buildings. Our sustainable practices include eco-friendly building, growing nutrient rich food, using solar energy, and applying permaculture principles whenever possible. We do not use herbicides or pesticide sprays, and only use natural organic fertilizers. Now that New Zealand is no longer recycling soft plastics, we have adopted a what you bring in you take out policy.
We have been farming here since March 2010. We love to help in our community and we would love to share a real view into our Maori culture.
We are also a small animal sanctuary. Come and meet our rescue animals, Honey the dog, Kune the pig, and our free range chickens. Naumai haere mai (come you are welcome).
PS: if you want a Ta moko ( tattoo ) by an original Maori tattoo artist we can connect you to all of it.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Our farm is the main project. We welcome interested people from everywhere to come and learn about permaculture, sustainability, and regenerative land use.
We have a strong relationship with our local Maori school in Taupo.
We have whanau (family) that are willing to take you fishing, hunting if you are interested.
It would be great if you can bring your own gardening gloves.
Maintaining the organic gardens
(planting, weeding, pruning)
Harvesting veges and fruits from the garden
Feeding the animals (chickens, pig and dog)
Building maintenance and fixing around the farm
Eco building projects
Gardening at the school with kids
Helping at the Marae if needed
Sharing your cooking skills
Cleaning (community kitchen, huts, and bathroom/compost loos)
Expressing your art
The workawayers share a village which includes 9 huts, each with 2 bunk beds. The huts are a cute but simple and basic design. Please note there is no electricity in the huts. We have two solar showers, and use compost toilets. There is also a community kitchen / dining area where you can charge your phones and get free wifi.
Food: We provide delicious organic fruits and veges from the garden (changing with seasons) and vegan basics (rice, pasta, oats, flour, etc). You are also welcome to bring your food to share in our community meals. You can also make your own tea with the plants around (eg. mint and lemon balm).
Tokaanu geothermal hot pools are 4km away. The Tongariro alpine crossing is not far, also known as Mount Doom, if you happen to have read The Lord of the Rings or seen the movies! There are nice walks around the farm and in summer we often go together to Lake Taupo which is just a 10 minutes drive away or walk to the Tongariro river just up the road for a swim.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours per day, 5 days a week. Take some time to visit our beautiful region on your days off
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