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Hi, my name is Martin Muerza, and i have worked in lots of different places. We arrived to Auckland, the 24th of December of the 2010. That was not a good time to come to New Zealand because of all the non-working days they have for christmass and new year. So, after 15 days, we didnt find any job, and we decided to go to Waiheje Island, a Beautiful place with incredible landscapes. There we worked in vineyards, 8 hours a day under the hot sun, but with amazing views. The job was good, the payment too, and after work we went to Palm Beach with some friends and we really had a good time.
After a month in Waiheke, we moved to Napier, where we picked apples at first. Its a hard work to do in summer, and its worst if you do it by contract, and in our case most of the apples were green so they were not good for picking. After two days we quit and we started putting nets in Vineyard. A good job, and if you are fast and organized you can get some extra money. While we were working in the vineyard we applied for Watties Factory, and in a very rainy day, they started calling us from the factory, so with a huge smile we went home in order to be prepared to work in Watties.
The job in the factory was not so good, because you have to be dressed with an overall, 2 pairs of gloves, ears protectors (you couldnt hear ANYTHING!), boots... We looked like Teletubies!. Also we were grading 8 hours a day wich is not a sane job to do for a long time. The good part of the job was that we worked 40 hours a week and the pay was good, and as we were out at 2pm, we could go to Waipatiki beach everyday to swim and have some fun.
When the season finished in Watties, we moved to Mt Manganui, and after a week of going every day to the packhouses, we found a job at Apata packhouse, where we worked 12 hs a day 6 days a week, and at night shift. It was really hard, but after 5 weeks we made very good money. With some of that money we decided to go to samoa to relax a bit!!
Now I am in Christchurch, working not so frecuently, we worked 2 days in furniture moving, which is a bit hard, and two days cleaning a reconstructed school. That was a really good job, no preassure, we listened to music, Bob Marley...
Its the first time that we are without work for more than 2 weeks, luckyly, we made the paperworks to recover our taxes, so we have some backup, but if anybody has work in christchurch give a call please!!!

Submitted by: Martin Muerza
Date submitted: 23/07/2011 9:38:38 PM

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