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  1. Gail Allende permalink
    May 26, 2017 12:49 pm

    I have been very fortunate to be involved in your planting program since it began 10 years ago. I still remember the very first planting with St Kentigern Primary. Those boys really loved that mud. I think that every child and adult that has an input into making your dream come true also takes away with them something special. One cannot help but feel very blessed after a day at CUE Haven. It is not only the experience of being in the mud and contributing to making the world a better place but also we get to share in the love you have for people and places.
    Hoping to see you again next year.
    Love, Gail

  2. Jennifer Gravatt permalink
    August 15, 2016 8:54 am

    Holy Moly. This is a substantial load of earth that has moved. Never fear though, nature will repair. We had slips in two gullies, over the years. The first was down from the barn and the the second was a dam giving way under the force of torrential rain. The latter swept huge totara logs (that the previous owner had use to bank the dam with) all the way down the gully taking out other plants and fences along the way. That was about 5 years ago. We cried! But now we have replanted and let nature do the rest. Take care you good good souls.

  3. Blake Anderson permalink
    April 18, 2015 9:43 pm

    thanks heaps tom and mahrukh for a very enjoyable week, i learnt new things about conservation and made lots of new friends which was great. I cant wait to see all the pictures from the week and i would really like to come back as a leader at some stage.

  4. July 20, 2014 10:05 am

    What a wonderful group of young people – they did great work and no doubt learnt many new skills during their week to remember.
    Sorry to hear Tom is still out of action.

  5. Leanne Evans permalink
    January 26, 2014 9:05 pm

    Thank you very much for hosting the DoE young people. My son Jack has just been and has apparently had the best week ever!! I think he could have stayed all summer and beyond 🙂 Thank you for the adventure and allowing them to gain valuable skills and also just to hang out and make new friends.
    Leanne Evans

  6. June 12, 2013 9:35 am

    Well done all you lucky children, great to get out there with your hands into the soil, and just to think in your lifetimes you could return to to find the beautiful CUE has turned into a beautiful forest alive with native birds and fauna

  7. David Bates permalink
    August 2, 2012 5:36 pm

    Dear Tom and Mahrukh

    Thank you for inviting us to Cuehaven.I loved every moment and learn’t a heap
    about interesting plants and bugs/mites. Thanks for all the yummy food and I
    hope the Milo company sticks those pictures on their main wall.

    The Auckland City Council sure helped us out and I bet it was hard to ask them
    to come. Trees For Survival is a great place and so are you too. Thanks for helping
    save the planet!

    From David Bates
    Saint Kentigern School.

  8. Hugo Pryor permalink
    August 1, 2012 4:10 pm

    Hi i am Hugo from Saint Kentigern School class 6KD. I would like to say thank you to Tom and Mahrukh it was a great day and so much fun. Thank you for the food and being so kind to us. I learnt a lot and would love to come again sometime. It is amazing what you are doing. I had lots of friends planting with me, and I think you should bring in heaps of different schools so there will be many trees. P.S thank you for the milo bars.

  9. George Mordaunt permalink
    July 31, 2012 6:42 pm

    Hi I am George Mordaunt and I want to thank you for having us at your farm. We all had great fun, I enjoyed working with my friends and also enjoyed having food and drinks handed out to us FOR FREE!!! This was my favourite trip I have been to yet.

  10. luke burton permalink
    July 31, 2012 3:45 pm

    To Tom and Mahrukh,

    Thank you for inviting us to plant on your great farm (big bit of land).

    I loved when we found a very big worm it was awesome.

    Thank you for the food I loved it and the milo bars they were great.

    for inviting us to explore the hills.

    Me my mum and my group loved being out for the day.

    From Luke Burton at Saint Kentigern school

  11. Sam Looker permalink
    July 30, 2012 5:42 pm

    Hey CUE Haven, this is Sam Looker from Saint Kentigern School. I recently planted trees and thought it was so much fun!! I liked how we also got to do water testing with Rachel.

    I planted with one of my friends which made the work a lot easier! We planted about 10. But they were all good ones, we took our time and made sure we dug the holes to the exact right size.

    It was a great day and I had lots of fun. It was especially generous of you to provide all the food for all of the boys. I liked the Iced Tea and the Smoozes!

  12. beck permalink
    July 30, 2012 5:02 pm

    thank you so much i am from saint kents i really enjoyed planting the trees and getting my hands dirty it was the best field trip ever. and i would like to say thanks so much for letting us come and plant on your wonderful property.

    i really enjoyed checking how dense the water is and if it is healthy to swim in, and of course getting to plant trees.

    best of luck.

  13. July 30, 2012 4:58 pm

    hello im the from saint kent group that came out it was fun as can be ti was hard work.

  14. July 30, 2012 4:54 pm

    it was fun as coming out to CUE haven it was fun planting we got to do some fun out door thing it was fun getting our hand dirty

  15. gary collier permalink
    July 30, 2012 4:39 pm

    Part 2 I really enjoyed the looking at the waters density and the small bugs like leaches you showed us. Also I learnt never drink water from a stream because it can have invertebrates
    in it or swimming in it. Also water can carry eggs that can actually hatch inside you and will only come out with first aid, surgery or tablets.

  16. gary collier permalink
    July 30, 2012 3:52 pm

    hey cue haven is the best i am one of the boys from the saint kentigon school group on the behalf of all the boys of 6kd and 6bk this was the best trip ever thank you

    for having us over to the best place we full suport this place for years to come it was the best in the world my name is alex

  17. Soonu Mandviwalla permalink
    June 26, 2012 9:03 pm

    This is an amazing project Mahrukh. What wonderful people you both are to create such a haven for the future. I’m sure that your vision will awaken many people to be conscious of their environment and also encourage them to keep our world more greener and beautiful to live in. Looking forward to visiting CUE Haven.

    • June 27, 2012 8:31 pm

      Thank you very much, Soonu. We look forward to seeing you, Ronny and Zia at CUE Haven sometime soon!

  18. May 27, 2012 7:27 pm

    Hallo Mahrukh and Tom. Just want to say thank you for letting me part of the work today, of helping just a little bit to contribute to create the walking paths. It was an amazing day and wonderful to be part of such a worthwhile cause. An amazing project. You both have created a miracle so far. Keep me posted. I will be there when you need more help

    • May 27, 2012 7:41 pm

      Thanks so much Gabi! It was great having you with us and we really appreciate all your hard work. We look forward to seeing you again!

  19. October 16, 2011 11:18 am

    Amazing project. I’ve only just now properly got my mind around it. The TVNZ piece on you is the best intro.

    I’m curious how you, an American, and your wife, a Persian (is that right?), chose NZ for this. But it does seem to be the ideal place. And you’ve gathered an entire community around you. You’ve almost made it a spiritual center.

    I also like how you’ve used WordPress differently here, compared to your other blog. It gives me ideas. Segregating the comments section out to its own page (here); saying “What’s new” instead of “Blog”, etc etc.

    Good luck

  20. June 24, 2011 8:26 pm

    we really enjoyed our day with you. It wasn’t hard work, we had lots of fun and we felt really good that we had helped a little bit towards what you want. We think St Kents should come out maybe twice a year that way all the boys in year 6 would have fun. Our mum thought it was great too. We slept well that night. Good Luck from Connor and Anton and their Mum

    • June 28, 2011 6:03 pm

      We think it would be a great idea if St. Kents came out twice a year! Mention the idea to Mrs. Coleman and maybe we can work something out!


      Tom & Mahrukh

  21. Kerri permalink
    March 24, 2011 2:15 pm

    It was lovely to talk to you this afternoon – what an amazing vision you have. Such a great project, I wish you all the best with the coming planting season 🙂
    Kind regards,
    Kerri (Forest & Bird)

  22. Oliver permalink
    February 26, 2011 1:04 am

    Fascinating project – and great website. The only thing I couldn’t find was the exact location or address but I’m sure I’ll find out and then hopefully be able to come along to help with weed maintenance.

    Good luck, Oliver

  23. January 9, 2011 9:53 pm

    WoWwww! I am stunned and blown away. What an amazing project and accomplishment so far. I am in awe. I always thought you’re both amazing but this tops it. I am looking forward to see the ‘haven’ and the wonderful result of your hard work. I am sure it’ll make a beautiful inspiring and spiritual retreat.

  24. Nelly Doctor permalink
    August 13, 2010 5:33 pm

    Hi Mahrukh and Tom,
    What an innovative idea! Our beautiful planet has suffered so much through neglect and greed and now you are out there to try and restore some of the damage done. It is an enormous job that you have taken on. I wish you much success and support in your endeavours.

  25. Hugo Jamieson permalink
    August 5, 2010 3:51 pm

    Hi i’m from st kents school and we have just been today.
    thanks i enjoyed it lots and the lunch was soooooo delicious i had lots of fun and hope you succeed in your forest.
    you should ask us to come more often. you should also when you’re done help recreate more parks across other countries. it was great being able to come !
    thanks alot

    • August 7, 2010 10:49 pm

      Thanks very much Hugo for coming out and helping us with our tree planting. We are glad you had a nice time and we hope you will come out again to help plant the forest at CUE Haven and also to see how the trees you and your school mates planted are coming along. Thanks again.

  26. dafna permalink
    July 21, 2010 10:53 am

    hi thomas!

    my Gregorian birthday falls right next to the hebrew calendar holiday of “the birthday of the trees” named tu bishvat (which is a date).

    what you are doing is a celebration of life. so why limit yourself to memorials? how about birthdays and anniversaries and any celebration of life as an occasion to plant a tree?

    my son just went to camp today. and he won’t be singing this song because it falls in january… but the lyrics still inspire (just drop the last verse… as it is theist)

    It is a tree of life for those who hold fast to it

    And all it’s supporters are happy

    It’s ways are pleasantness

    And all it’s paths are peace

    Return us to you, our God, and we will return (drop)

    here is a cool video of the birthday of trees this year “birthday of the tress”

    there is even another one more interesting with digital animation. marketing ideas?

    • July 23, 2010 11:18 am

      Thank you for your suggestion to plant ‘trees of life”. We have been receiving lots of good suggestions from many people and we will consider them all as we continue to develop the CUE Haven project. Thanks.

  27. Jenny permalink
    July 13, 2010 10:34 am

    jenny permalink
    June 18, 2010 4:27 pm

    It’s not very original on my part, but I do love New Zealand.

    Twice my husband, children and I were treated to a month on the South Island, while my husband was directing operas at the (now defunct?) Canterbury Opera in Christchurch: Eugene Onegin and Barber of Seville.

    Just awesome.

  28. June 22, 2010 3:14 pm

    Hello Thomas. Congratulations on the amazing CUE project and your new website. The land is spectacular and the natural vegetation so luscious. Well done and very best wishes with your venture. Love the idea of memorial plantings.

  29. anahita permalink
    June 22, 2010 12:51 am

    Awesome undertaking! I hope to see CUE Haven in person one day and plant some trees with you. Keep up the great work!

  30. June 18, 2010 11:48 am

    This is a wonderful, selfless thing you’re doing for your area, but really for all of us. Thank you!

  31. June 17, 2010 12:46 am

    What a truly beautiful site and project. If only more people were interested in the kind of world they will leave behind. My Dad and I are both members of lake associations that are working to improve water quality in the lakes in Minnesota. He is far more involved than I am. He works with the local farmers to plant buffer strips of grass that filters the run-off from the farms before it reaches the lake. He has seen a noticeable improvement in the water quality in the past ten years on the lake he resides.

    I like that you involve local schools in your project. Involving children and young adults is another way to improve our world. If they feel they are a part of something, included, they are more likely to embrace it.

  32. Hootoksi Tyabji permalink
    June 5, 2010 12:32 am

    “Trees, by virtue of their universal presence, majestic yet human scale, bridging the gap between earth and air, are the rightful symbols of all which humankind aspires to in its relationship with the planet.” Oscar Beck
    Mahrukh & Tom what a wonderful legacy you are creating. My spirit soars when I think of your vision and your generosity which will benefit all those who have the privilege to experience CUE. The idea of the memorial plantings is brilliant!

  33. Sheherazad permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:21 pm

    It is a haven and I am impressed by your vision. You are leaving a wonderful mark on this planet. We are looking forward to being part of CUE Haven and watching it develop.

  34. Gail Robertson permalink
    June 2, 2010 6:08 pm

    WOW!! you two never cease to amaze me. I knew you had bought a block of land about an hour from Auckland, but this is a spectacular block. I have followed some of your adventures via Tom’s blog and your Emails but this total concept is truly wonderful. What a very fitting tribute to humanity you will leave behind. Well done and I am sure Alex and I will be able to see for ourselves one day.

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