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Area (ha): 1-2
Persons: 1-2 males
Host ID: 47504
Region: Far North
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Last Updated: November 15, 2017
I'm after one or two strong males to trim tall trees and shrubs, a couple on hill slope in awkward positions!! Hence at least one taller person would be good for reaching up and out!! Plus some general gardening and housework occasionally.
My name is Sue, and my husband, Brian and I live at Coopers beach on 3 acres of lawn, bush, a pond and many shrub and tree borders which all need continuous upkeep. Ability to ride quad bike would be handy, plus using a chain saw to cut up small firewood.
We do wedding receptions so love the gardens looking immaculate.
If you're happy to eat beef and chicken as well as fresh fish in summer, that would also be best! We are a meat and potatoes type couple. (But have rice and stir fries) when visitors offer to cook that way!!)
Food is very simple and healthy. I make all my own sourdough bread, kombucha and kefir(fermented yoghurt) which you are welcome to try. We love the kombucha as its a healthy but fizzy and flavourful tea drink. And so do most of our visitors!
Coopers Beach is 30 minutes from Kaitaia and 50 minutes from Kerikeri. It is very picturesque. We're only a few minutes from Mangonui where there are lovely eating places and all essential services. There are buses to Coopers beach from Auckland which drop you just a couple of kilometers from our home. Intercity is the name of the bus company when booking. Can get dropped off at Coopers beach or Mangonui or Cable Bay drop off.
Husband Brian works at tiling bathrooms, kitchens, etc. I do some relief teaching, but mostly spend time talking to people everywhere about God and His power to love and heal us.
I love my keyboard, guitar and ukelele and you are welcome to use them too. I play mainly worship and school stuff and I'd love you to show me your music preferences and skills!!
We love to meet new people and learn from each other. We have a boat and really enjoy fishing when Brian is not too busy. You may come with us too!
On your first day here you can relax and settle in and maybe just help get dinner going.
After that you can work 20 hours per week, maybe 5 days of 4 hours and then 2 days off. As we ask minimal hours compared to others we'd love you to help prepare meals too.
We are flexible in your timing of work hours. Eg one helper worked 20 hours over three days, from Monday to Wednesday and went away sight seeing in his van from Thursday to Sunday with another mate. All good with us.
If you like to cook, Wednesday and Sunday evenings are great evenings to do so,especially when we have been out to do our prison ministry on a 4th Sunday and come home hungry!!
Feel free to relax at beach, and enjoy spa on the deck and lovely sea view from house and local walks etc. A car is a big help as the beach is only a minute away by car, but there's a big hill to walk back up to get home if on foot! There are great beaches and day trips nearby too, and especially to Cape Reinga, the very top of the North Island.
We have Internet and unlimited Wifi which you can use and most cell and Smart phones work well here. If you love movies, we have a good collection. Brian has put in a movie projector which gives a pretty cool picture onto a big pull down screen. We also use chrome cast on a new TV which makes it like a Smart TV. (But please don't have day time movies on in lounge where we hang out!!)
PS I should add we are a Christian couple involved in Sunday morning worship and music at the local church and out also 7 till 9 on Wednesday evenings...
(You're also very welcome to come to church and meet a great crowd of people and be refreshed and energized in Gods presence too!!).
If you are interested we are happy to share why we became christians and do all the things we do. God is very real to us so please don't be offended eg when we pray God's blessing on our food!!
Looking forward to meeting you sometime soon!!
Until then my prayer for my helpx friends is from Psalm 121 “The Lord will keep you from all harm — He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8
Have a blessed time travelling,
Sue and Brian