The CUE Haven restoration project would not be possible without the support of a number of organisations. We would like to thank the following:
The Department of Conservation (DoC) – for providing us with funding at the start of our project, through their Biodiversity Advice Fund, to hire a consultant ecologist to prepare a detailed plan for our re-vegetation program. Also, in 2011, 2012 & 2013, for generous funding through their Biodiversity Condition Fund towards the cost of the plants for the re-vegetation program.
The Auckland Council has been one of our strongest supporters, providing training, guidance and funding. The Council’s Rodney Natural Heritage Fund (NHF) has provided us with funding in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. The Auckland Regional Council Environmental Initiatives Fund (EIF) has provided funding in 2009, 2010 and 2012 with the assistance of the Honda Tree Fund. In 2012 the Auckland Council Rodney Environmental Education Fund provided a grant in 2012 to start our first seedling planting in the CUE Haven nursery, and we were successful in our application for another REEF grant in 2013 for the purchase of additional seedlings to grow in the nursery.
Since the beginning of our project, the Auckland Council Environmental Team has been a great help providing consultation on revegetation matters, water quality, pest control and have also provided us possum bait boxes and baits to assist with our pest management program.
Nestle - For providing Milo and other beverages and a variety of chocolates and other yummy treats for all our volunteers.
Transpower - for assistance with building a new track through a generous grant from their Community Care Fund.
Winstone Aggregates – for sponsoring metal for the walking tracks.
Treescape NZ – for supporting CUE Haven’s restoration by removing exotic trees and providing mulch for protecting memorial tree and orchard plantings.
Resene NZ - for supporting our refurbishment of the nursery by providing paint for the native bird mural on the exterior walls and also supplying empty paint buckets for transporting gravel for the gully walking tracks.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award for selecting CUE Haven as a site where participants in the programme can do practical service toward earning the Award.
We would like to thank all these organisations for their most generous assistance and continued support.
And a very special Thank You to :
Unitec staff and students, who have been a great source of new ideas and assistance. Since 2010, ecology students studying native bush restoration in the Department of Natural Sciences have made regular field trips and CUE Haven is an approved site for the students to do field work for their practicum. Since 2013, students from Unitec’s School of Creative Industries and Business (Departments of -Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Business) are assisting with long term projects such as the architectural design and landscaping of the CUE Haven Learning Centre and long term financial sustainability strategies. Unitec’s partnership with CUE Haven is invaluable and much appreciated.
Trees for Survival – for selecting our property as one of their supported sites. In particular we would like to thank Gail Farrell for her assistance before, during and after the planting days.
The students from Saint Kentigern School who helped kick start the planting at CUE Haven in 2008, and Denise Coleman, the teacher who organises the TFS effort at the school. Denise returned with other groups of students in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The students from Avondale College for their planting assistance in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and their horticulture teachers Adam Jenkins and John Norton.
Members of the Shah Satnam Ji Green ‘S’ Welfare Force for their tremendous assistance with the tree planting in 2013.
The staff and horticulture students at VisionWest, who have come out to CUE Haven in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and assisted with various tasks as part of their field experience.
Students from Murrays Bay Intermediate School, Ficino School, Silverdale School and Waikowhai Intermediate School for their assistance with planting and nursery work.
The teams of Conservation Volunteers who have helped us with our planting in 2008, 2011 and 2012
Rotarians from the Auckland Sunshine Rotary Club for their assistance at St. Kentigern School TFS planting days since 2008.
Rotarians from the Hillsborough/Mt. Roskill Rotary Club for their support and interest in the CUE Haven project through participation in planting days in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and also for assisting with the community mural painting on the nursery.
Members of the Satya Sai group for their continued help and support in 2011 and 2012 by participating in various activities at CUE Haven.
The following companies who have given their staff time out to assist with community projects and the enthusiastic staff who volunteered to come to CUE Haven and assist with tree planting or track construction:
Peter Hopkins of Helensville Diggers for his assistance in laying out and creating roading and walking tracks to enable easy access to the property.
Suzi Phillips, Ornithologist, for conducting semi-annual bird counts on the property to help us assess the success of our restoration program in bringing back diverse bird species.
The staff at Scrub Growers Ltd. who provide most of our plants and are just as passionate as we are about our project. Your help is invaluable!
And last but not least, our consultant ecologist, Rodney Straka from Scrub Consultants Ltd, for his continued guidance and support in helping us achieve our dream at CUE Haven.