Winning on a working holiday

LOVING IT: Natalie Zimmawoda from Germany, and Iida Olinpoika from Finland, are loving their first New Zealand farm experience spending some of it picking asparagus for Sally and Joe Loffler on Piritaha Station, Ngatapa. Picture by Paul Rickard

TWO young EU nationals are loving their first ever New Zealand Farm experience on Piritaha Station at Ngatapa, just out of Gisborne.

Natalie Zimmnawoda from Germany, 19, and Iida Ollinpoika from Finland, 20, arrived in New Zealand independently two weeks ago and met at an Auckland hostel.

Realising they were both here on the Helpx and WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) programmes, they headed to Gisborne together.

They are living and working on Piritaha Station, at Ngatapa where Sally and Joe Loffler lease his parents’ 515 hectare breeding and finishing farm and have introduced a small sideline — growing asparagus on .8 of a hectare.

In exchange for accommodation and meals, the girls work on the farm and help with childcare of the Loffler’s three young children.

For both the Lofflers and the visitors, this is a win win situation. “We love meeting and getting to know all the different people who come. We keep in touch with them and they have all contributed in different ways to our home and farm,” Sally Loffler said.

At different times on the farm, it is busy and the extra help is appreciated by the Lofflers.

For the two young women, it has been perfect. “We are loving it. We feel part of the family and are getting to know the local lifestyle. The Lofflers have taken us to see a lot of the district,” said Natalie.

An amazing part for both women has been seeing all the open space.

“It is something I did not even imagine. Our farms in Germany are much more intensive and the animals don’t have all this space.”

The European travellers are not sure about their future plans except they will be here for about another two weeks before heading to their next destination in the country. They plan to be in New Zealand for about a year.

TWO young EU nationals are loving their first ever New Zealand Farm experience on Piritaha Station at Ngatapa, just out of Gisborne.

Natalie Zimmnawoda from Germany, 19, and Iida Ollinpoika from Finland, 20, arrived in New Zealand independently two weeks ago and met at an Auckland hostel.

Realising they were both here on the Helpx and WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) programmes, they headed to Gisborne together.

They are living and working on Piritaha Station, at Ngatapa where Sally and Joe Loffler lease his parents’ 515 hectare breeding and finishing farm and have introduced a small sideline — growing asparagus on .8 of a hectare.

In exchange for accommodation and meals, the girls work on the farm and help with childcare of the Loffler’s three young children.

For both the Lofflers and the visitors, this is a win win situation. “We love meeting and getting to know all the different people who come. We keep in touch with them and they have all contributed in different ways to our home and farm,” Sally Loffler said.

At different times on the farm, it is busy and the extra help is appreciated by the Lofflers.

For the two young women, it has been perfect. “We are loving it. We feel part of the family and are getting to know the local lifestyle. The Lofflers have taken us to see a lot of the district,” said Natalie.

An amazing part for both women has been seeing all the open space.

“It is something I did not even imagine. Our farms in Germany are much more intensive and the animals don’t have all this space.”

The European travellers are not sure about their future plans except they will be here for about another two weeks before heading to their next destination in the country. They plan to be in New Zealand for about a year.

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