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Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Reptile(s), Farm Animals
  • Yes
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in New Zealand

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50, Consultant (Wellbeing and Community Development) and Musician/Artist/Writer

***I have some contract work lined up in Auckland for the three weeks from 24th Feb - 14th March so I'm keen for any opportunities to sit anywhere in the city while I am visiting.

I work in a variety of settings as a consultant in health, wellbeing and community development, making money from training, auditing, and mentoring, while also having fun as an artist, writer and musician. I spend much of my summer months helping to coordinate various music and arts festivals where I exchange my work (stage management, set building, organisation) for accommodation and food......but in the colder months I like to take the opportunity to do more "desk work" - which I'm able to do from anywhere. I live a down-sized, simple life and house-sitting fits nicely into the flexible and interesting nature of my lifestyle.

I have been a member of work exchange programs such as WWOOF (Willing Work On Organic Farms), Workaway and HelpX for many years and in various countries and this has been an amazing opportunity to meet a huge range of people living in lots of different ways, from farms to intentional communities, from lifestyle blocks to suburban gardeners. As a result I have a wealth of skills that I can add in to the simple mix of looking after a house......if there's a job needs doing, I will happily do it!

I am comfortable and capable with most animals - from the domestic cats and dogs to more rural mainstays like chooks, pigs, sheep etc, I'm good in the garden and love to get my hands in the soil, and I'm handy around the house. I am a tidy, trustworthy and mature professional with a wide range of skills and interests......and I will happily provide any number of references to back that up and to assure you that I am more than just a safe pair of hands.

Reviews (7)
No rating We couldn't have picked a better house sitter. It's nerve wracking to entrust your beloved fuzzies to a stranger, but from our first email communication, Steve was open, friendly and immediately inspired trust. He gave contact details for a previous referee who emailed me a glowing endorsement and it is easy to see why. He is certainly anintelligent, capable and practical person who has a wealth of skills and experiences to draw on. After meeting us the day before we left, Steve respectfully ... MORE
DIANNA (Motueka South Island, Dec 2017 - 1 week 1 day)
Steve was a wonderful, trustworthy housesitter who did all he could to care for my cats and home. The house was nice and clean when I came home and he mowed the lawns when he could. He communicated well with me. When he asked if there was something he could do I gave him a small building project which he undertook. I can highly recommend Steve as a house/petsitter. Thanks again Steve.
 
JENNIFER (Nelson Lakes South Island, Oct 2019 - 1 week 3 days x 2)
Thanks for house sitting for us Steve, Dawn and I never once worried about the pets. Regards Carl & Dawn
 
CARL (springfield South Island, Oct 2019 - 4)
Steve was a great house sitter. We came home to happy cats and tidy house & gardens - exactly what we needed:)
 
PENNY (Christchurch South Island, Sep 2019 - 1 month 2 weeks)
No rating HELLO everyone, I am writing a reference for Steve Carter. We went away for winter and got Steve to look after our small farm. He and my neighbors got on well together and he looked after the place very well. We came home to the same warm family home . We are very happy with the handling of the garden and the house and the farm and the property. We will try to get Steve to do it all again. Every body liked Steve very well. A good guy.. If you have ... MORE
GLENN (Canvastown , Jun 2019 - 3 months)
Thanks for the feedback Glenn....I appreciated the opportunity to hole up at your lovely place and meet a few of the locals. A super quiet, relaxing spot to spend a winter staying warm, being creative and checking out the region. In case I can't do it next time, everybody out there should know ... MORE
Steve was a very reliable sitter, he arrived when he said he would and left the home in the condition he found it. The main test of a sitter is honesty and reliability, and Steve was both. I recommend him.
 
SIMON (Nelson South Island, May 2019 - 18 days)
Steve did a great job looking after our kitty and our house. He also made us an herb garden and did other garden/ property chores which was great. We kept regular communication and Steve organised everything brilliantly. I highly recommend Steve as a trusted house sitter.
 
MANUELA (St Arnaud South Island, May 2018 - 6 months)
 
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