UK yo-pros’ empty flat shock

North Shore Times - - LOCALJOBS - FELIC­ITY REID

Three young pro­fes­sion­als, re­cently ar­rived from Eng­land, have kit­ted out their Auck­land rental with help from their new neigh­bours.

Friends Chris Mysko, Jes­sica Birks and Pe­dram Mo­dar­res moved to Hau­raki af­ter months of travelling around In­dia and In­done­sia, and found they had a limited bud­get to com­pletely fit-out their rental prop­erty.

‘‘In the UK, rental prop­er­ties nor­mally come fully fur­nished, so it came as a shock we had no op­tion but to move into an empty house,’’ Mysko said.

So they ap­pealed on Neigh­ in the hope of quickly pick­ing up a range of preloved items to make their new place feel like home.

The trio were over­whelmed with around 30 offers from their new neigh­bours of both sec­ond­hand goods for sale and some

‘‘Now that we have found our feet, we hope to give back to the lovely neigh­bour­hood we are glad to be part of.’’

Chris Mysko

give­aways. They in­cluded a mi­crowave, couch, bean­bag, cof­fee ta­ble and heater.

‘‘We have been touched by all gen­er­ous free­bies,’’ Mysko said.

‘‘We were def­i­nitely sur­prised to re­ceive such a warm open-handed re­sponse.

‘‘In gen­eral, we have found Ki­wis to be won­der­fully friendly, al­ways hav­ing time for a chat and will­ing to help with­out ex­pect­ing any­thing in re­turn.

‘‘Now that we have found our feet, we hope to give back to the lovely neigh­bour­hood we are glad to be part of.’’

Mysko and Mo­dar­res are doc­tors work­ing in gen­eral medicine at North Shore Hos­pi­tal and emer­gency medicine at Auck­land City Hos­pi­tal re­spec­tively, while Birks is a yoga teacher and is start­ing a on­line well­ness ven­ture sup­port­ing small New Zealand busi­nesses.

‘‘Neigh­bourly was a new dis­cov­ery for us, which seemed to be a well-used plat­form for the cy­cling of pos­ses­sions, as well as so­cial­is­ing and sup­port­ing each other.

‘‘We se­cretly think every­one loves trawl­ing on­line for sec­ond-hand goods in New Zealand,’’ Mysko said.

Among the items they sought for the their three bed­room place, the friends, who first met in New­cas­tle Upon Tyne, asked for in­door and out­door fur­ni­ture, art­works, heaters and house plants.

An­other ad­van­tage of the lo­ca­tion of their New Zealand home is the drive­way is big enough for their newly ac­quired and muchloved camper van.


Flat­mates from Hau­raki in Auck­land’s North Shore, Chris Mysko, Jes­sica Birks and Pe­dram Mo­dar­res, fit­ted out their new flat via Neigh­

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