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On the ladder: Motueka school leaver went fishing to save $170k for house deposit

On the ladder: Motueka school leaver went fishing to save $170k for house deposit

Telisha Dishington enjoys the good life. She works on a deep-sea fishing boat and was able to save $170,000 in four-and-a-half years for the deposit on this five-bedroom house in Motueka.

​Telisha Dishington is proof deep-sea fishing is not just for the blokes.

In four-and-a-half years out of school, she saved $170,000 doing the same double five-week shifts as teenager Ben Harwood of Christchurch, but on a different Talley's boat working out of Nelson.

  1. And, not surprisingly, she also had a house in her sights, but she was able to spend a massive $770,000 on a five-bedroom, two-storey, 252 square-metre house in Motueka two years ago.

 

Telisha Dishington said the first deep-sea fishing trip was a shock, but she hasn't looked back.

 "I was going to buy a cheap house, but because I had saved so much I bought quite a nice house on nearly an acre in a really nice spot in town," Dishington says.

But Dishington doesn't bother supplementing her earnings with a second job during her five weeks off the boat after 10 weeks at sea. She likes to be free to enjoy other pastimes, including dirt bike riding. She has at times also gone hunting and fishing.