Ski staff get creative for rooms

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - DASHA KUPRIENKO

Sea­sonal work­ers des­per­ate to find rooms in Queen­stown are us­ing cheesy ad­ver­tise­ments in an at­tempt to get no­ticed.

Skiers and snow­board­ers are post­ing on Queen­stown’s com­mu­nity Face­book groups ad­ver­tis­ing them­selves as prospec­tive flat­mates.

Keen skier Chris Ro­mano, 24, was hop­ing to se­cure a sin­gle room be­fore mov­ing from Salt Lake City in the United States to Queen­stown in May to work at a ski shop.

He said he wanted to be dif­fer­ent with his so­cial me­dia post.

‘‘175 cm, 70 kg of Amer­i­can man avail­able this win­ter. Do you have pri­vate stor­age space for a man of this size?’’ his ad­ver­tise­ment said.

‘‘Be­fore I posted it I had a look through other ads on the page and, quite frankly, they were all bor­ing and the same. I wanted some­thing a bit more unique and at­ten­tion-grab­bing.’’

The ad­ver­tise­ment had been up for one week and no-one had con­tacted him.

‘‘I’ve been talk­ing to peo­ple in my com­mu­nity, co-work­ers and friends who worked in Queen­stown, and it’s come to light that the rental ac­com­mo­da­tion mar­ket is a mess in Queen­stown,’’ he said.

Keen snow­boarder TJ All­man, who last vis­ited the re­sort in 2009, said so­cial me­dia was his main ac­com­mo­da­tion-hunt­ing plat­form.

Of­fered a job at the Re­mark­ables ski field, All­man, 22, and his girl­friend Anna Ped­er­sen, 21, will move to Queen­stown in May.

Speak­ing from the Cana­dian ski re­sort, Whistler, All­man said cor­rect word­ing of a Face­book ad­ver­tise­ment was cru­cial.

First, a grab­bing in­tro was needed.

‘Kia Ora,’ reads All­man’s ad on For Rent in the Queen­stown Face­book group.

‘‘I’m partly Maori and have whanau liv­ing in the North Is­land, so even start­ing with Kia Ora is al­ready an ad­van­tage,’’ All­man said.

‘‘Then list three im­por­tant po­ten­tial flat­mate qual­i­ties: quiet, clean and re­spect­ful.

‘‘No one is go­ing to put that they leave dirty dishes on the bench and go out four nights a week,’’ All­man said.

The cou­ple have had a few of­fers from Gibb­ston, Cromwell, Kingston and Frank­ton.

Last year NZSki of­fered ac­com­mo­da­tion for 900 Queen­stown ski work­ers in Cromwell.

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