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Working for Watties Factory
Hi all!!, My name is Gonzalo Barnes and I am from Argentina. I have 24 years old and I applied for the workig holiday visa last year. I have arrived to Auckland with two friends last December and I have worked in many different places. During the first days was difficult to find work but after some days of going to every place and sending ours CVs to all the emails that you can imagine we decided to go to Waiheke Island, near Auckland. Good place to start if you have just arrived to NZ. There I worked in a restaurant and my friends in vineyards. We worked like 6 hours the 3 of us at least and it was great after expending so much money in the city of Auckland. My work was excelent! I passed a great time their and the payment was good enought because I didnt have many expenses. After Waiheke I went to Tauranga but we couldnt find any work the first week so with my two friends we decided to go to Napier. After some days we started in vineyards again but now we were only putting nets over the plants. A hard job, because you should we fast to get some good money. After finishing with the field work we moved to Watties Factory. We worked their as a grader for 2 months but the job here was really hard. We worked their 8 hours a day looking after the bad fruit. We couldnt hear anything in the factory and I generally worked with my mate nearby. So I dont recomend to do this for long time although the pay is good.Despite this, we have a great time in Napier because we leaved with lot of Argentinian people in the same house. After work we usually go to Waipatiki beach and we have fun. Finally, we went to Mt Manganui and we found a job in a packhouse during the night shift. We worked 12 hs a day, 6 days a week. I worked as a tray pay making the boxes where the packers put the kiwis. It was very hard but after 5 weeks we made very good money and we decided to go to Coromandel and Samoa. Now, after 2 months of relaxing we are trying to find some work in Auckland to earn some more money to go to Asia.
I hope you can enjoy my experience, NZ is excelent!! See you
Submitted by: Gonza Barnes Date submitted: 24/10/2011 2:53:12 a.m.