Thomas & Mahrukh Stazyk
Although we have lived in other countries and travelled extensively, New Zealand is the place we have decided to call home.
New Zealand continues to impress us with its beauty and open spaces, but like many places, increasing population and uncontrolled growth are putting pressure on the native plant and animal life. We see CUE Haven as a chance to give something back to the community by turning a disused dairy farm, which would probably someday have become a property development, back into native bush for the community to enjoy into perpetuity.
When we bought the CUE Haven property we knew nothing about farming and even less about native New Zealand forests, but over the years, thanks to the help of many wonderful people we have been able to develop our knowledge and interests.
The planting project provides many rewards—contributing to the environment, creating a habitat for native birds and wildlife and also giving us an opportunity to meet interesting people who are willing to help and to get them involved in the project.
When the project is finished, we plan to covenant the property with the QEII Open Spaces Trust to protect it into perpetuity for the community to enjoy.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.