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Air New Zealand Greenteam—17 July 2020

July 17, 2020

Since 2015, the Air New Zealand Greenteam has been helping us annually with planting and some post planting maintenance.  This year due to the Covid pandemic we have deferred most of planting to 2021 and cancelled the Greenteam volunteer day scheduled for last month.

The Covid pandemic has badly affected the airline industry, and it has been a stressful time for the Air New Zealand staff. One of the Greenteam members, Maria, decided that a day out of the office volunteering at CUE Haven would be a good change of pace for her Social Media Branding team.  So today we were delighted to have Maria, Nat, Summer and Tara helping us with some trimming and maintenance work.

Because only Maria had previously volunteered at CUE Haven, we spent some time getting acquainted and then Mahrukh gave an overview of the CUE Haven project and the history and future plans.

Thomas then gave a description of the work planned for the day and a safety briefing.

The plan for the day was to trim back some vegetation over the main race and then to help us clean up an area at the top of the property where we have been doing a construction project.

We drove up the main race and the team cleared and trimmed back branches of the trees that had fallen due to the heavy wind and rain during the past few days. Unfortunately, Thomas was too busy and forgot to take pictures! Woops!!

We then continued up to the top of the property.

We are getting close to finishing the building project and a lot of scrap wood and other material has accumulated at the site.  We wanted to bring it all down and sort it for disposal or recycling.

The work involved sorting scrap from timber that could be reused and also collecting discarded packaging material.  The team quickly developed a system and managed to clear the entire site.

The forecast was for occasional showers, but it didn’t take long for a steady rain to set in.  It made the work messy, but the group kept smiling as they worked.

We hauled down three truckloads of materials.

After a couple of hours of work we managed to clear the site. We then all had a well-deserved late lunch and a chance to relax and chat.

It was a cold, wet and windy day and yet the team got a lot of work done.  Thank you all so much – we really appreciated all your enthusiasm and your hard work.

Maria thanks for organising the day.  We so enjoyed working with you and your team and getting to know you all.  We look forward to having you all back with your other Greenteam colleagues for another fun and productive day. And also back with your family and friends to explore more of the your community native forest reserve – CUE Haven.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 

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