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I'm a Boat Builder by trade. I have spent 17 years living and working in all sorts of places around the world
Orla and I met in Bermuda in 2000 where we lived for 3 years.
I then brought Orla to Great Barrier at the end 2002 where we resided for 18 months while I did a renovation on the House
We then moved to Ireland for 6.5 years returning at the end of 2010
We continually plug away at improving our property and participate in the local community
Our house is situated 1 minute walk from Medlands Beach. One of the most beautiful beach’s I the world
Great Barrier Islanders are the only community in New Zealand where each individual house is powered independently with their own alternative power system
We are a family of 5 -
Steve & Orla, Elliott 13 , Jasmine, 10 and Selina, 8 and our puppy Jojo
Elliott is now going to boarding school in Auckland
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are a mixture of Irish ( Orla ) and Kiwi culture
We have a can do attitude where in order to get by we rely on our own initiative and ingenuity to grow build and maintain an enjoyable healthy and sustainable lifestyle
This host offers accommodation and payment.
We are regularly seeking happy,enthusiastic people throughout the year to help us with Gardening,Landscaping
Building ( we are currently building a small Tree House ) CARPENTER NEEDED
Child care . WE WOULD LIKE A LADY TO STAY LONGER TERM IN A CHILD CARE COOKING HOUSE KEEPING ROLE
We also look after holiday houses and own a rental car business .
Sometimes we might ask for help with the houses and the cars.
You will be paid an hourly rate equivalent of the minimum wage for every hour worked for this help
The hours worked in connection with the business are separate from standard workaway hours.
Therefore we still require the standard 25 hrs a week for the normal Workaway help
In other words every hour worked that is connected to our businesses will be paid work and will be totally separate and not included with helper hours
If we find it works out and suits us both for you to work extra hours on the house you will be paid an agreed rate ( at least minimum wage ) depending on your skill set
Helping with business work and extra hours on the house is entirely optional and not a definite requirement
Do you possess common sense, inititive, enthusiasim and the ability to understand instruction easily ?
If you decide you want to stay longer term and we are all happy, that would be great.
You will have the opportunity to easily intergrate into our close knit community , have fun and adventures as well as relax on one of the most beautiful beach’s in the world
Our children are busy and fun loving and enjoy meeting and interacting with helpers
We like it if you join in with our family but at the same time enjoy your own space and tranquility that is all part the being on the Island
Everyone is expected to help with general housekeeping/cleaning and cooking or preparation of meals.
After the evening meal we like it if everyone participates together to ensure the house is clean and tidy inside and out ready for the following day
We don’t run a hotel 🙂
Afterwards we can enjoy a hot drink, a board game or whatever
WE PREFER SOCIAL MEDIA IS KEPT TO A MINIMUM in the house
PLEASE NOTE. THE LOCATION OF OUR HOUSE IS ON GREAT BARRIER ISLAND
IT IS SHOWN INCORRECTLY ON THE MAP
Well insulated Cabin with a shared bathroom
We are fortunate to live in a fabulous location. In my opinion the most beautiful beach in the world 😎
There are Kayaks,Mountain Bikes,Boogie Boards,Snorkeling gear for you to borrow and there is always the opportunity to try your hand at fishing with Steve,weather dependent
We like to eat fish as often as possible and we try to eat out of our garden and the community garden
Google Great Barrier Island and have a look at what there is to see and do.
It is all about the outdoors and entertaining yourself and mixing with locals and other travelers if you wish.
We welcome HAPPY ENTHUSIASTIC people.Who like to interact and share stories of travels etc.
Share some time outdoors together,eg fishing , diving , surfing etc, however we are not tour guides
We expect that you are keen to get out and explore the island of your own accord which is what adventure is all about :-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week (max 25 hours/week)
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