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We need 3 volunteers
We live and work on a coastal, family run 50 acre orchard called Pouwhenua Orchards. We grow, harvest & pack feijoas and avocados for local, national and international markets & are seeking people to assist us with the avocado season which runs from start of September through to December 2017. We are also seeking help with the 2018 feijoa harvesting season which lasts from 1 April until the end of May (approximately). Once feijoa harvesting is finished we then have 4-6 weeks of pruning ending around mid July. We are interested in other cultures and keen to sample other ethnic cooking and would invite those who stay with us to share occasional cooking duties and assist in gardening as we grow our own veges & to help with lawns (if needed). We invite you to stay a short while & if the work suits you & you find it enjoyable, then maybe stay a little longer, If you prefer to work longer hours & maybe save for further travel, then we are also open to negotiation as long as you have a work visa. So, Naumai, haeremai (welcome).
We are the parents of two grown sons who live & work overseas & are also the proud grandparents of two young grandchildren who live in Australia. Family & fostering friendships (new & old) is important to us. Shane is a full time orchardist & when time allows enjoys kayak fishing & the outdoors. Faithe is a retired teacher with involvement in a variety of community volunteer groups including involvement in foreign exchange programmes. She also enjoys reading esoteric & metaphysical books, researching family genealogy worldwide, music & overseas travel exploring other cultures. Both affiliate to the indigenous people of New Zealand (Maori people) as well as acknowledge their Irish & Scottish heritages.
The arrival of warmer weather is a great sign! Trees respond and before you known it the orchard is a mass of red flowers and hopefully lots of birds and bees. All are necessary to a successful Feijoa fruiting season along with enough willing hands to help with harvesting this delicious fruit. Also known as pineapple guava we grow, harvest & pack 6 varieties and hopefully some of you will be here to help us do this.
Open for offers, contact us
There is a small fully furnished 2 bedroom cottage with 3 beds in one room and a double bed in the other. If you have a tent or campervan & would prefer to use those, then you are most welcome to do so as there is plenty of room to 'park up'. Television and wifi are freely available. If you enjoy the outdoors, then you will enjoy our valley, as we live near the sea & access to the beach is easy & enjoyed by locals for beach walking, swimming & fishing activities. A national cycling track is also on our front doorstep along with many bush walking tracks. Bicycles are available for personal use. The nearest town of Opotiki is 10kms away and there is a small general store 5 minutes from us.
Breakfast, morning & afternoon tea & lunch will be self catering and dinner shared with us at the main house.