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North Hokianga
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 400
Persons: 1-4
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 26569
Region: Far North

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Last Updated: October 12, 2014

We require a helper on the beef/dairy support property we manage. Hours may vary with the season, needing an honest, reliable person of good work ethics. The adjoining dairy property can also be included, should you wish to help on milking(though not a criteria) . A sleepout supplied. Duties could include carpentry, house cleaning, painting , tractor work, fencing, general maintenance, , building, stock work, calf rearing or milking ..... Among anything else that may need to be ventured.

We manage a North Hokianga hill country property in Broadwood.
Broadwood being under the munga-muka range typically receives around 2000 to 2500 ml of rain a season! Meaning typically our winters/springs are wetter than that seen 'over the hill' in Kaitaia, however droughts are less frequent!

We are 5 mins Broadwood area school, local store and gas station, 20 min Herekino Playcentre/school, 45 min Kaitaia, 1 hour to Kaikohe or kerikeri.

NOTE: there is no cell phone coverage here, but we do have broadband.
If you haven't been to the far north then you’re missing out; good fishing / hunting and good people.
Please email us and have a complete profile and provide references.
there is a fully insulated sleepout for 2 or more or a room in the house may be available and closed fire place. Bath and shower. dish washer. The property was previously set up as a B&B so is reasonably set up for guests,
lovely views of the farm.

My background has been primarily, farming and construction. I have worked with street kids, gangs and youth groups in my earlier years. In 2002 I volunteered with Habitat For Humanity and built a house for an under privileged family. I was made a paid supervisor and was with[HFH] 3 years and was part of hosting 7 teams a year from the U.S.A.

I then moved to America with my wife, then Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, a month later, Hurricane Rita hit as well, devastating 3 states along the Gulf Coast. After making contact with an old team leader, I joined his team and we went into Biloxi, Mississippi. There we began the clean-up and the rebuilding of a devastated city, along with the help of thousands of volunteers, some from the far reaches of the globe. I had the pleasure of working alongside with people of all race, creed and religions, young and old, male and female, with the common goal, to give our best, to restore the home the family had lost and to comfort the families the best we could, in a situation that was beyond our comprehension.
While in the States, my wife and I was also fortunate enough to be able to travel and tour a good part of the States and saw many wonderful and beautiful National Parks.

Now back in New Zealand and back farming, I have had a few woofers spend time working on the farm and it has reminded me of the joys I have had working with volunteers and the people I met through the churches and N.G.O.s. and I would like to rekindle that spirit of love and laughter and commitment, that can only be found by those that truly give of themselves.

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