Waiheke Marketplace : January 5th 2011
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 5, 2011 NEWS Latino workers spice up island life By JEROME GAVELLE Latin flavour: South American band Manu da Banda takes part in the Waiheke Santa parade. ' I found a bit of work, played some gigs and even composed a song about the island. ' Argentinean musician Federico Cueto South American signs are showing that a sweet Latin feel has caught the island this summer. A New Year's Eve Latin party at Artworks, Santa par- ade entries with zumba dancers moving to salsa and cumbia rhythms, waiters in most venues with an exotic accent, and notices on the supermarket board offering bottles of Fernet Branca -- Argentinians' favourite aperi- tif -- are just some of the pointers. This trend has been going on for the past few years thanks to the working- holiday visa scheme im- plemented by the govern- ment. The scheme allows 1000 Argentineans, 1000 Chileans, 300 Brazilians, 200 Mexi- cans, 200 Uruguayans and 100 Peruvians between the ages of 18 and 30 to come and work in New Zealand for a year. More and more of them are coming to Waiheke. They make contact through Facebook, emails, word of mouth, or relatives already settled on the island. Chilean traveller Felipe Caceres says he wanted to visit New Zealand but he didn't want to work in a large city. He wanted to find employ- ment in a countryside environment. A friend of mine told me I would like Waiheke and that there was work there,'' he says. And Argentinean musician Federico Cueto, who just left the country after spending one year between Waiheke last summer and Ohakune last winter, says his stay on the island was nothing but fabulous. I found a bit of work, played some gigs and even composed a song about the island.'' The sound of South Amer- ican music has definitely reached our shores, with Latin band Manu da Banda calling Waiheke home this season and playing at venues such as the Sandbar, the Rocks and Malones. The band also added some Latin flavour to the Santa parade. Most of the island's work- ing visa holders work on Wai- heke in summer and then visit the North Island before going to the South Island to find more work in autumn and winter. Some restaurant or cafe owners who need extra staff over the summer season appreciate the influx. Time Out cafe manager Argentinean Sergio Rodri- guez, who has called Waiheke home for seven years, says in two weeks he has received visits from 15 South Ameri- cans looking for work, and not one New Zealander. His Artworks cafe employs nine staff -- seven South Americans and two Kiwis. Mudbrick marketing man- ager Brooke Robinson says the number of South Amer- ican job applicants has been high this season and the res- taurant has employed some of them. The chefs are usually highly qualified, and staff -- from waiters to kitchen hands -- are enthusiastic and hardworking. They just want to stay and work for the season which is perfect for us,'' she says. With three new eateries opening this summer in Oneroa there have been more jobs on offer. But Te Whau Vineyard owner Tony Forsyth says young South Americans visit him every day looking for jobs and he has none to offer. We employ 15 people, six of whom are working in the vineyard, and all positions are filled up,'' Mr Forsyth says. The working holiday visa scheme also applies to European countries. Residents from the United Kingdom, France or Germany get unlimited access to the visa and a number of them are also working in the vineyards and restaurants on the island. The scheme also allows Kiwis under 30 to get work- ing holiday visas in those countries with a reciprocal agreement. Eligibility conditions may differ between countries but in general visa applicants must have a passport for at least three months after the planned departure from the country. They must be between 18 and 30 years old, must not bring children with them, must hold a return ticket, or sufficient funds to buy a return ticket and have a minimum of available funds to meet their living costs while in the visiting country. They must also meet health and character re- quirements, and have com- prehensive medical insurance for the length of their stay. When the barbecue burns As barbecues come out for the summer season, St John offers some first aid tips about what to do if anyone is burned: Run cool (not ice cold) water over the burn for a minimum of twenty minutes. Use a tap, a hose or a shower. If water is not avail- able, use any cool non- toxic fluid such as soft drinks or beer. Remove any jewel- lery, such as rings or a watch, from the burnt area, but don't remove clothing if it appears to be stuck to the burnt area. After cooling for 20 minutes, if possible, wrap the burnt area in cling film. Call 111 for an ambulance if the burnt area is larger than the patient's hand or if they are in severe pain. Go online to www. stjohn.org.nz for more first aid tips and to enrol in a first aid course.
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