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My first job in vineyards was stripping

As far as I remember, I always dreamed to travel. I thus stopped my studies and worked during 6 months as dishwasher in an old peoples home to pay my trip and realized this dream. The only hard thing was to buy the flight ticket because its really expansive from France (about 1000€ = 2000$!!). It only took one week to receive my WH visa.

I arrived on June 27th to Auckland, where I had a friend who waited for me for two months. When I arrived, this friend already had an apartment where I was able to live for $100 on K road!
 My friend was obliged to keep his job as barman till the end of the rugby world cup and wanting to travel with him, I thus decided to stay in Auckland waiting for him. Meanwhile, I made all the necessary administrative procedures to work in New Zealand (IRD Number, Bank Account). Make sure to have all the necessary papers to do that (they ask to proof of ID: Passeport and International Driver Licence or letter from your employer...). It took only one week for me to have everything I need to work.
 But the thing is that I never really looked for work as I didnt really want to stay in this huge city that is Auckland.
 Thats why, instead of earning money to travel, I spent all my money in 1 and a half month.
After that, as I was really pissed of Auckland, I left to Blenheim (where I am at present) to work in vineyards.
I found my first contract thanks to one of the numerous backpackers you can find here, in Blenheim. Then, I found all my other contracts by myself (friends, internet...) because fortunatly, I bought a van in Auckland so I was able to stay in there for free (only 3$ the shower in Blenheim community pool) instead of paying rent for a backpacker...
My first job in vineyards was "stripping". It was in a huge vineyard and the boss wanted us to make a minimum of 60 plants per hour (1 per minute). It was the very first time I was doing this job and the second day, I made 54 plants per hour. In spite of this, this guy fired me (and the three other guys working with me) because we wasnt fast enough haha!
 After that, I found another contractor thanks to a friend of mine, and I worked for him during 1 month, until the end of september, when there isnt a lot of work in vineyards anymore.
 Now, I am still looking for a job around Blenheim and in the South Island, and its really difficult because I think all the jobs starts at the end of october or on november...
 So if you have some informations about works on october, you are welcome ;)

Submitted by: Denis Cassius Castelot
Date submitted: 24/10/2011 2:38:32 AM

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