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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): section
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 27415
Region: Auckland

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Last Updated: February 27, 2017

Wow I have just had 2 very very bad Helpx experiences .
The first one caused me $900 damage- broke my $500 steam iron by burning right though the plastic onto the tank... and gauging a $300 fry pan I had asked her to be very careful with. So disrespectful.

the other girl was left in charge of my children and babysitting to her meant she sat at the table with her ear plugs in and watched her computer..... no idea what my kids were up to. She did not feed them... they fended for themselves getting ice cream, brandy snaps, rice paper, crackers.

However if you are responsible and a hard worker we'd like to hear from you.


We are a young couple with 3 children 9, 8 and 5

My husband has a plumbing company and I'm a mother and Interior Designer with a small home staging business. We also have an importing business.

We do not want anyone who wants to come and see how little they can get away with doing because we are a busy family I certainly do not want to nag you to help...please smile and look like you want to be here. ..... If you only want a place to sleep and eat this is not for you!!!- we want our children to be in a positive environment while we are away!!!- HAVE FUN!!!! Enjoy the experience and don't be afraid to play with them!!- they will respect you for caring about them and it will result in them listening to you! Just remember this is their home so it can be difficult to have different people be in charge... but they are used to it. They will be a huge help to your english!!

Smiling helps kids feel comfortable too!

help around the house which would be a variety of things like folding laundry,Dishwasher loading and unloading... I will do the cooking while I am home but you certainly can help with the dishes, tidy kids rooms/toys, and minding kids when I need to go to appointments..some ironing maybe. Just generally being an active family member helping where needed. Its not likely to be straight work but more an integration into the family and so a bit of everything with no strict schedule. NZ Family life... if that's not what you want don't email ... we are happy to treat you as part of our family but it's a two way street.
we have been lucky to have some fantastic girls and have made friends for life with some. Last year we visited 2 of our helpers in France which was so fun!

You will enjoy your own bathroom and have a waterfront room with a queen bed.

We look forward to meeting you.... Please make sure you have a profile photo before emailing as we will not reply otherwise.

We also do no take vegetarians because we don't want our children to be fussy with food so it's better that they see other people just fit in.

great hope to meet you soon!

Happy to collect you at the train station the nearest stop to us is Papakura.

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