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Via Pahiatua
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): .5
Persons: up to 6 or so
Category: Other
Host ID: 61292
Region: Lower North Island

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Last Updated: August 10, 2017

Hey there. My name is Dean, from New Zealand, i normally live 6 months of the year in a wee gypsy village in the foothills of the Balkan hinterland in Bulgaria, and 6 months in India... but in some strange twist of fate i have just done the unthinkable..and whilst visiting fam and friends in NZ, drove past a dilapitated old tavern , fell in love with it..and bought it!
Now i have a quite mammoth task ahead of me working on restoring this old iconic building back to her former glory, but it is a job that is giving me great joy, and appreciation as well from the local community, who are very happy to see the place being loved again.
It is a all timber building over 100 years old, and was built with lovely native NZ timbers throughout.
Time has started to take its toll on the old girl, but her "bones" are good and the potential is enormous.
Yes, the tavern is a beautiful, (and big) restoration project that I have taken on. You will see and feel the appreciation that the locals have for undertaking this mamoth task, if you come to help me out. there is a lot of love for this beautiful old building and many memories for many kiwis emanate from these walls.
We have come a long way in the last year..but there is still much to do..many steps to take..
i really need a good team here from mid october 2017 , when i return from bulgaria, through to the end of january , over summer..to help move the project along.
i would love and appreciate your help...espescially if you bring skills...or at least the desire to make a difference, and work hard on a worthwhile project.
I ask people to commit to a at least 2 week stay..as otherwise the disruption/ induction/ training up etc, becomes untenable, and most projects require at least that duration..and i like to match people with projects so that they can get a good sense of completion ...last season i actually had some lads stay with me for over 2 months..and that was great...and i am open to this.

Just to clarify things, and to ensure that there is no confusion or problems arising when you are here, I will explain how things have to work from my end…and if you agree to these terms, then we can talk more.
I am offering free accomadation..i have 4 rooms available..one a big dorm like one..and the rest ok for singles and partners…
And I am offering food.
To clarify that…:
I am not a vegetarian…and will provide the ingredients for a good, wholesome healthy meal each evening.. with fresh seasonal vegetables, and like chicken, pork, mince, fish…Sadly my budget does not go to Beef steaks and Lamb chops…or specialty foods…but you will be fed well and ample.
I have a proper expresso coffee machine!!..
Occasionally, we are blessed with some local venison..thats very nice!
There is a variety of cereals for breakfast…(weetbix, corn flakes, porridge), but any other designer cereals are not provided. There is always mixed grain bread for toast and a variety of spreads, jams, peanut paste, vegemite, cheese etc .
We have chickens..and as long as they are on the lay, we have lovely organic fresh eggs.
Occassionally for a treat we can have bacon and eggs for breakfast…
I try to keep a variety of seasonal veges for eating..(and want to grow some ..have built the green house..need help with all that stuff!)... in summer i like to keep fresh tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, and capsicums etc in the fridge for salads etc. Maybe nice for lunch. Recently lunches have been meat pies..pizzas, toasted sandwiches..left overs refried..sandwiches..salads…
I provide tea/ chai, coffee…Hot chocolate, milk and sugar…
There are typically bananas in the fruit bowl…

But other Foods… like special cereals..special cheeses..(brie?..camembert..smokey blue..whatever..) olive oils, snack food..chocolates etc..i unfortunatly dont have the budget for..
I also do not provide your:
Alcohol…I enjoy a drink and am happy for you to drink here…but I do not see that it is my job to provide your drink. There is a supermarket 4 klms away, with cheap wine and beer..and a bottle shop as well for spirits there…and I expect people to bring their own alcohol and mixers. Happy to throw in to share a cask of wine..a carton of beer..a bottle of whiskey..and hope / expect that you also will be happy to do so too.
I do not provide your personal cleaning products: Your soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc is to be provided by you.

I provide unlimited WIFI, (have a good connection for nz really!) your electricity..(but please turn off lights when you are not using them..my electricity bill here is horrendous), a cold water washing machine, hot water for your showers, cooking gear,

When you arrive your bedroom/ sleeping area will be clean and tidy, and prepared for you..
When you leave, i ask you to please leave the room in the same condition. Vaccummed, sheets in the washing machine, blankets folded etc.

The communal areas..Kitchen..dining room, hallways, bathroom etc, need to be kept clean and tidy.
Sweeping the floor, Vacumming the lounge room, doing the dishes, and food preparation, and other general duties around the house ARE NOT part of your 5 hour work schedule..they are part of your community responsibilities and are expected. If someone cooks..the other people clean. Standard community stuff..
All dishs are to be washed up before the end of the night..I cant handle waking up to last nights mess to start my day with.

I am a builder, and I have a lot on my plate at the moment. I am perhaps 2 people? When I am at work..and in charge of a crew…I am business like..and will expect a good effort from you. When i have finished work, I am a gentle soul who enjoys a laugh and a relax..a drink with friends..company, good times, a chat, a sense of community…but when at work..i am at work..and you will need to understand that and appreciate that.
Whilst you will be working 5hrs a day 5 days a week for your food and lodgings…..i am presently working very long days and almost 7 days a week,,as my project is soo big and I am one man alone with soo much to do. I reserve the right to start early..and may make noise from 7 am..wood working tools etc..and these may well be making noise later into early evening if the task I am working on requires that. You have to accept that too.
I need people to understand that this is an important project, (to me), and that it is not a sheltered workshop…or somewhere where you do not apply yourself. When you work for me, you work…you apply yourself, do your best, take instruction, and take pride in your work.
When I have a team here, to try to ensure a flow of work, and manageability, I will probably be getting everyone to be ready to start work at 8 am…/working from 8 till 10 oclock.. have a half hour for coffee and biscuits..then 10.30 to 1.30..(approximately)… for 5 days every week..

During that time it will be mobile device free..(ie no facebooking/ ringing Europe to mummy for half an hour/ you tubing etc..he he..dont laugh..this happens quite a bit??? !!!)


I do not tolerate fools lightly, and reserve the right to pull you aside and talk to you if you are not pulling your weight..are not doing work to a good enough quality, or are disrupting the flow in any way. I am the kind of person that if I have a problem I will express it..rather than hold it in..and once expressed its over…*??(as long as behaviors are adjusted accordingly)…

So..basically..off the top of my head….thats the rules that I have to work with..I haven’t liked to be so regimented in the past..but for logistical reasons and the desire to be conflict free here , I have found that it is best for me to outline my situation up front…

I think if you reflect on the above, that really I am not being unreasonable here…but of course..if you feel that it doesn’t suit you to have these things laid out like this..thats also your choice and no harm done…I would rather that we not have conflict here, so best to sort this stuff out now…

If these understandings are acceptable to you, please let me know, and we can discuss the story further.

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