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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 160
Persons: 1 to 4
Category: Other
Host ID: 5172
Region: Coromandel

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Last Updated: December 3, 2017

NON SMOKING + LGBT friendly + Bi-cultural

Dec2017/ Jan 2018: If you are travelling in a van or with a tent and are just want to stay in ONE spot for some weeks over December and January, we might have a deal for you:
Pitch your tent or park your van on our property. We have a composting toilet in the orchard and the stream is great to go for a dip. Potable water comes straight out of a creek. A nice beach to swim (Big Sandy) is 30min walking distance north of us (5min drive). A beauty (Waikawau Bay - 20min drive by car south). We supply a cooker and LPG gas bottle and you get a little bit of space for chilled/ frozen bits (by arrangement) in our fridge. We will supply breakfast supplies and we will have three dinner meals a week together. The rest is on you...
In exchange; Help for two Hours a day with tasks like weeding, mulching, watering, - Or do a couple of long days and have the rest of the week off.

From end of January on +++ we are looking for one person or a couple for a week or so, who would like to help with some gardening, weed control on a property scale, track maintenance and developing an area for planting and potting natives ... We are happy for you to stay longer and also help in the conservation project below. You need to be happy to working in wet weather!
If the weather is fine, you might be accommodated in our VERY big tent in the orchard.
Or, if mainly working for Moehau Environment (MEG) Projects, you might stay in the self-contained volunteer accommodation. (That accommodation will be only from after Easter onwards available again!)
You will mainly be working in Port Charles, but on occasions, be going with the field team out to other areas between Coromandel Town and Port Charles, for some work. You can find maps of MEG's project areas on the MEG web page.

PLEASE only get in touch if you are sure this kind of HELPx is for you. We do not have much time for endless "communication ping-pong" or announced coming and then pulling out. Neither do we appreciate blind mass applications with total mismatch of expectations.

... Thanks for your understanding. I am not answering bulk emails you sent to hosts...

General information/ description for helpers:
... we are looking for helpers on the property with maintenance, track clearing, weed control and gardening. Somebody who is happy to work hard - digging weeds and helping with clearing fences, mulching, track maintenance and clearing and many more other tasks.
We provide accommodation in a spare bed room in our house or [possibly in our BIG tent in the orchard]. Repairing a caravan could also be a task - the caravan will hopefully become long-term an independent helpers accommodation. Preferred would be helpers staying from 7-10 days, possibly longer, depending on weather, tasks and with mutual agreement. All work is outdoor work!

To you - the Helper: Ideally I am looking for you to do longer work days, but then time off while you are still having the meals with us but time to go out and explore the surroundings for a day or two. We do expect the helper to be independent and not to sit "on the couch in our living room" when time off. The property (outdooors)is very spacious. Heaps of opportunity for taking photos, going bush, going for walks.

Having your own transport would be helpful. But we can help to arrange transport from and to us.

Internet is available in Colville at the Social Service Office for a small fee or with a weakish signal on Telecom/ Vodafone for smart phone owners here in Port Charles.

For up to 4 people:
We are also involved in a conservation project in the northern Coromandel. It is community based and can host volunteers all year round. Most of us (MEG - Moehau Environment Group - team) are volunteering our time ourselves.
This is more a volunteer opportunity/ position than a help exchange because we have the accommodation but need your input for a whole days work (5 days work/ 2 days off). Normally between 8.30am and 5pm (breaks included :-).

Minimum stay is a week depending on the projects "needs" and time of the year.
We expect you to be enthusiastic and interested in conservation/ restoration projects. You are keen to work outdoors and and you are reasonable fit. You are weather proof and have your own comfy work clothes, rain gear and proper shoes (boots preferably).
We can accommodate people here in Port Charles or at Waikawau Bay, 30mins from Colville (25mins north of Coromandel Town).
When you are volunteering for MEG, we will supply accommodation and can help with some funds for food.

Your own transport would be great. Mainly for yourselves, because of the remote situation but there are plenty of nature things to do in "walking distance" for your days off...

If you do like camping/ have a caravan: Having more than one volunteer at a time makes the logistics for us more easy so do not hesitate to ask if you and your bunch are welcome. We could accommodate quite a lot and set up a
working bee.

We offer insights in hands-on conservation work with other locals, who love what they are doing.
Projects are
+ general kiwi habitat restoration
+ rat/mustelid trapping
+ possum control
+ plantings
+ weed control
+ wetland restoration
+ bird monitoring (kiwis are especially active
calling in the winter months!- call monitoring)
+ helping with day to day tasks around the MEG
team members houses you are staying with (might
be the vege garden or the fire wood)

and much much more....

I am looking forward to hearing from you,


P.S. birds around here: North Island Robin (Toutouwai) - kereru - tui - fantail - kaka - kiwi - banded rail - pateke - quail - morepork - silver eye - bellbird - heron - shore birds (incl NZ dotterel), shining cuckoo - ....and many introduced birds

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