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We are a small young family. I am a media artist, working in photography and film, I work from a studio in the city and love living in our paradise only 30 mins from town. I'm Kiwi born with an Italian mother. I speak basic German (my son is half German) however I don't speak Italian, I love the Italian culture.
Our friend Victor is one of a group of friends who own the land, he is a film lecturer at Unitec. We are social and value family, and our land ;o)
We are set in the Bethells Valley amongest the Watakere Ranges Auckland, New Zealand. A small certified organic farm on 10 acres of vegetable gardens, fruit trees, farmed and native bush land. There are three houses on our land, one of which is free for the workaway guests to stay in.
The land is owned by a group of friends, of which only one lives on it. We love the community and have good connections with people and the resources at Bethells.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are an artist family with great connections to the land and community. We frequent the Bethells beach cafe Friday night music night, and have friends around for dinner. I am a media artist so going to an exhibition or music gig is something I like to do. Victor is of Maori decent and have strong cultural values, so you will learn about the contemporary Maori way if you feel like. Our farm is certified organic so we can teach you the way of the land in exchange for getting your hands in the earth.
Well maintained, we need help with lawn moving, weed eating, gardening, and small domestic tasks like repair work, cleaning and painting. We will provide separate accommodation and rooms for sleeping, and food for two meals a day, no meat. Feel free to help yourself from the garden too. We are not vegetarian and are happy if you would like to buy your own meat. We try to limit our plastic usage, we grow and buy fresh produce. NB: we don't need baby sitting help, and can only accommodate one person if we have other work awayers here :)
English and basic German
We have a lovely 3 bedroom beach house. With surround deck. Clean and tidy, cosy and sunny. There are four separate rooms available for our workaway guests.
The three bedroom house has a sunny surround deck with a bbq, it over looks the Bethells Valley. Fully equip kitchen, TV, DVD. Each room is equip with a bed or mattress. We even have a pizza oven. There is no wifi at the 3 bedroom house, only at Serena's small cottage, which you can use, it is limited to checking messages, emails, skype calls etc, but not for streaming movies. There is no cell phone reception at Bethells.
Set in the Waitakere Ranges, only 5 minutes drive from the Bethells Beach and lake. and 30 Minutes from the inner Auckland City. The Swanson train station is 10 minute drive, if you don't have transport we can pick you up and drop you off at the station.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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