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Westpac–21 April 2023

April 22, 2023

Today a great group of professionals from Wespac’s Financial Crime Unit and Events department joined us for a variety of autumn maintenance tasks.

The group arrived first thing in the morning and included Ashleigh, Caitlin, Georgia, Isobel, Jess, Laura, Lilly, Meagan, Odessa, Teo and Weiwei.  Also joining us was our dear friend and regular volunteer Alan.

We got acquainted over morning tea and because everyone was new to CUE Haven, Mahrukh spent some time discussing the history and philosophy of the project and our plans for the future.

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

Because our work schedule has been disrupted by cyclone cleanup work, we’ve fallen behind on some regular maintenance so the plan for the day was do a variety of maintenance tasks.  We broke into two teams.  One team worked with Alan and started out by trimming vegetation that had grown over the main race.

The team started at the bottom of the race and worked  up.

They managed to finish off a long section of the race and it’s looking good.  They then moved to the walking tracks and also cleared up the area around the hut and chessboard.

They then continued down the walking track, clearing vegetation and debris from the track.

The second team worked with Thomas, also tackling a variety of tasks.

They started out by clearing weeds and trimming back overhanging vegetation along the wetlands boardwalk.

They then moved to Wahi Mautauranga where we had a big slip after the January rain storm.  We are still in the process of clearing the slip.  This is one of the main areas where events and educational sessions are held and there was some trimming and weeding that needed to be done as we restore the area. 

The team also moved some of the benches back to the site.

The last task the team helped with was finishing off a section of track that flooded in January.  The track section runs near the boundary with the neighbour and water has continued to flow down from the catchment.  One of the challenges with fixing issues like this is that it takes time for things to dry out and to know if the solutions are working.  The Westpac team that had come last week had already done major remediation work in this area. They had dug a trench to channel the water away from the track and it was clearly working as the track was drying out and the trench was filled with water.

Today, the team did some additional digging to channel the water down under the boardwalk and away from the track.  

The last step was to smooth out the track section, clean it up and put down some gravel.  They loaded up buckets of gravel.

We drove as close to the track as possible and then the team carried the buckets to the track site.

The gravel was dumped on the track and raked smooth.

And the track is looking good as new!

Once both teams finished the work, they brought down all the gear, cleaned up and had a relaxing lunch.

Despite the occasional light showers throughout the morning, both teams continued working cheerfully and accomplished a lot of work. Thank you so much!

Many thanks to Kellie and Rachel for organising the volunteer day—sorry you couldn’t join us but we look forward to seeing you at another Westpac volunteer day. And a big thank you to Alan for coming out once again to help. It was great having you join the Westpac team. 

Huge thanks to everyone who came out today!  We really enjoyed meeting everyone and all the interesting conversations. And we very much appreciate your hard work and amazing contribution to CUE Haven. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did and do look forward to having you out again for another fun and productive volunteer day.

And we also look forward to having you out with your friends and family for a leisurely visit soon to explore more of your community native forest reserve.

Thank you!! Thank you!!

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