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ANZ Business Banking North and West and MMM Executives—11 March 2020

March 12, 2020

Today another hard working team from ANZ joined us to continue to improve the walking tracks at CUE Haven and to help us out with some other tasks as well.  This group was made up of executives from the North and West Business Banking groups and the Mobile Mortgage Managers.

The enthusiastic group arrived bright and early and included Brendon, Bryan, Daniel, Dasmeet, Dennis, Devam, Jingjing, Kim, Lily, Linda, Mike, Miki, Nathan, Shravan and Vicki.  Many of the team had been out to CUE Haven in previous years and it was great seeing old friends and welcoming new people.  Also joining us for the day to help out was our good friend, Alan.

We spent some time catching up over morning tea and then Mahrukh gave an overview of the project for those new to CUE Haven and updated the group on current activities and future plans.

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

The primary plan for the day was to continue to work on upgrading a section of walking track.  However, we are also currently working on the viewing platform project.  Dulux NZ have very generously donated the paint and materials for painting the cladding boards.  Most of the boards have been painted by Dulux staff and community volunteers, but we still had a few boards that needed to be painted, and we asked for volunteers to help us out to finish up the painting. Four ANZ staff volunteered to paint and the rest worked with Thomas and Alan on the walking track.

The painting group stayed down in the nursery where we had set up the boards for painting.   The first step was to make more room for the painters by taking up some of the already painted boards up to the viewing platform site.

In the nursery, the painters got to work.  Each 1.5 m board required three coats of paint.  The team worked out a system and got all of the boards painted—a fantastic accomplishment.

While waiting for the coats to dry, the team went up and did some trimming to open up a proposed picnic seating area where the view was being obscured by trees.

It was a good break from painting but at one point we got very wet thanks to a welcome rain shower.

The trimming has opened up some nice views from the picnic area.

In the meantime, most of the group was working on the walking track.

We drove up to the work site and went to work.  It was a bit of a hike from the road to where we would be working and the first task was to bring down all the gear.

Once on site, we broke into three teams, but throughout the day people moved among teams as the work required. One team worked to level an old section of track that had some uneven steps.

Another team worked on a challenging corner that needed both a step and a retaining wall.  They studied the situation and came up with an excellent solution.

The others worked to install side boards along the track to make it easier to follow and maintain.  That team had to study the track to determine the best route and then dig channels for the side boards.

The job required a lot of digging and with the dry weather, the ground was very hard.

The boards were then positioned in the channels and checked for proper alignment.

Once the boards were in place, they were secured with pegs and nails.  The team took turns with the pounding and hammering.

In just a few hours the teams made major progress moving down the track and greatly improved its appearance.  They devised some good solutions to the challenges they encountered and should be proud of their efforts!

The team then spread some gravel on a section of track.  We cover all of the tracks with a layer of gravel to make them easier to use in all weather.

We loaded up buckets of gravel down in the car park.

We then drove as close to the site as we could and from there, the buckets were carried to the track where they were dumped and the gravel raked in.

The team accomplished a huge amount of work, exceeding our expectations for the day.  They made major improvements to the track and should be very proud of their efforts.

Once we were finished, the group brought down all the gear, cleaned up and had a relaxing lunch.

As always, we really enjoyed working with the ANZ team.  It’s great seeing the collegiality and teamwork amongst the group and they worked hard and showed a lot of creativity and energy in coming up with solutions, whether it was a track question or a system for painting the boards.

Many thanks to Linda, the North Shore Business Banking Regional Administrator for making the arrangements for the day.

And we want to thank our friend Alan for all his hard work and continued help and support.  Alan – we really appreciate you taking the time to help out—your expertise and advice have added a lot of value.

A BIG thank you to everyone who came out today!  We very much appreciate your hard work and amazing contribution to CUE Haven. We really enjoyed working with you all and we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did and 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!!

 

Dulux and Friends Help Out With a Big Paint Job

March 12, 2020

Work on the viewing platform at the top of the CUE Haven property is progressing.  The top and sides of the viewing platform pavilion will be covered with an cladding made up of a lattice of angled boards to reflect the Maori weaving pattern in the traditional colours of red and black.

Dulux, a major manufacturer and supplier of paints and coatings in New Zealand, generously offered to donate the paint for the project.   And also the possibility of Dulux staff help out with the painting.

In December 2019 a Dulux consultant visited us at CUE Haven to see the building site and review the plans to determine the best paint system for the platform. The most appropriate paint was Dulux Timbacryl and the colours we selected were Cherrywood for red and Ironsand for black.

In February, two teams from Dulux came out to start the painting work.  They were assisted by two of our community volunteers and managed to paint all of the boards the builder, Kevin, had cut at the time!

Each board is between 1.2 and 1.5 meters long.  From early on, it was clear that it would not be practical to paint the boards once they are installed, but painting over 440 loose boards with three coats of paint also presented some big challenges.

The first challenge was to figure out where we would do the work.  Because we were doing two different colours and each colour required three coats we needed a large protected area.  We cleared up the CUE Haven nursery and installed some temporary supporting timbers that we could use to support the boards.

The boards had been cut to size by Kevin and stacked in the car park.  We moved them into the nursery for the first painting day.

On Monday, the first Dulux team arrived bright and early and included Daisy, Evander and Raylene.

Also joining us for the day was our good friend and regular volunteer, Alan.

We had a quick morning tea and went straight to work.  The plan was do the black boards first.

It was amazing accomplishment for the small team. Thanks!!

At the end of the day, there were only a few boards that still needed a second and third coat of the black paint.  Thomas and Mahrukh did a second coat on the remaining boards that evening.

The next day, the plan was to complete the third coat of black paint on the remaining boards and then paint as many of the red boards as possible.

The Dulux team arrived before 8 am and included Dean, George, Kevin, Phillip, Sergio and Shontelle.

Also joining us was our community volunteer, Grace.

We started with a quick morning tea to get acquainted and went right to work.

The first task was to make room in the nursery.  The black boards which had gotten three coats were sufficiently dry to take up to the building site. Some members of the team loaded up the dry boards into the ute and helped unload them up at the site.

We then brought in the boards to be painted and stacked them in the open spaces.

Meanwhile the others completed putting a third coat of black paint on the few remaining boards.

And then the whole team went to work, putting on the three coats of red paint on the other boards.

Even though it was hotter than the previous day, the group kept smiling and carried on past their planned leaving time until they got the third coat on all of the remaining boards.

It was an amazing effort that far exceeded our expectations and we are truly grateful to Dulux and all of our volunteers.

The Dulux teams painted the majority of the boards but for a variety of reasons, not all of the timber was available for painting at the time the Dulux teams were out.  As result, we had more painting to do.

Some of the boards were painted last week by Thomas and Mahrukh’s cousins Pearl and Khushru who were visiting from Toronto.

In addition to the 1.5 m boards they also had to paint the 4.5 meter roof beams.

The remaining boards will be painted by other volunteers once Kevin cuts the timber to size.

We want to thank Dulux for their very generous sponsorship and supporting the CUE Haven viewing platform project..

And a special thank you to Unitec School of Architecture lecturer, Yusef Patel, and Dulux National Distribution Manager, Alison Stankovich, for their assistance with getting the sponsorship for this project.

Also a big thank you to National Trade Sales and Marketing Manager, Shontelle Croswell, for handing all the logistics and arrangements both for the sponsorship and the volunteer days.

Our many thanks to Evander, store manager of the Dulux Helensville store who mixed up the paint and delivered it along with the brushes, rollers and supplies.

Plus a huge thank you to all the Dulux staff and Alan and Grace who braved hot weather and no wind and who managed to do such a fantastic painting job.

And finally many thanks to Pearl and Khushru for giving up half a day of their short vacation in NZ to help out with the painting and some other maintenance work!

We really enjoyed working with all of you and so appreciate your hard work and help. You have all made a major contribution to the viewing platform project and we very much look forward to seeing you back at CUE Haven to see the finished platform.

Thank You!! Thank You!!

North Shore Theravada Buddhist Temple—1 March 2020

March 2, 2020

Today we were blessed to have a big group of volunteers from the North Shore Theravada Buddhist Temple join us for a day of summer maintenance work.  The organisation is made up primarily of Sri Lankan immigrants and they participate in a wide variety of community volunteer projects.

The group arrived first thing in the morning and included Arthur, Champika, Chandra, Chinthaka, Dahamdee, Devika, Dilina, Dulan, Esuru,  Hashini, Hasitha, Indika, Janandi, Kumari, Laksiri, Leela, Lishmi, Methsi, Mihiri, Nimmi, Piyal, Praseeth, Prathap, Prem, Sanuka, Shereen, Srimathi, Sudath, Thalindra, Thanulya, Thenuka, Thenumi, Thisul B. R., Thisul R., Viranji, Wasantha, Wonara, Yukkreka and Yushani.  Also joining us for the day was Reverend Saddatissa Thero.

We spent some time getting acquainted over morning tea and then Mahrukh thanked the group for coming and gave an orientation to CUE Haven, a description of the project history and plans for the future.

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

The plan for the day was to do some trimming of vegetation that had grown over the roads and walking tracks and to do some cleanup and organising of some of the timber we have been using for various projects.  Because of the size of the group, we broke into five teams.  Four would be trimming and one would work with Thomas on the cleanup work.  We sorted into the teams and each trimming team assigned a leader who was given a map of the area to cover.

The groups headed out to the field and went to work.

It was a hot, sunny day but the teams kept smiling.

While most of the group were busy trimming, a small team helped Thomas sort and organise some of the timber we have been using for various projects.

It was a huge help because the timber offcuts have accumulated over time and getting everything organised will make things neater and more manageable.

The teams accomplished a lot in just a few hour and got things spruced up.  We then had a nice relaxing lunch that gave us more time to get acquainted.

Many thanks Yusahani for organizing the visit today.

And a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for your enthusiasm and hard work. It was great meeting you all and we look forward to seeing you again at CUE Haven.  You all have made a major contribution to CUE Haven and your efforts will be greatly appreciated by visitors as they comfortably walk the tracks to explore the growing native forest.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with you all and we hope that you will come back to CUE Haven soon to explore more of your community native forest reserve with your family and friends.

Thank You!! Thank You!!

Westpac—22 January 2020

January 23, 2020

Our first volunteer group of 2020 got things off to a great start.  A small but very enthusiastic group from the Westpac’s corporate office in Auckland tackled some interesting track maintenance challenges.

Westpac is one of New Zealand’s largest banks and they have a strong commitment to sustainability and community support.  Over the years, several teams from Westpac have helped out with planting and track work at CUE Haven.

Today’s team arrived bright and early and included Anand, Annabel, Georgina, Hannah, Nicki and Philippa.

We spent some time getting acquainted over morning tea and Mahrukh then gave an overview of the CUE Haven project and our current activities and plans.

Thomas gave a safety briefing and overview of the work plan for the day.

The plan for the day was to continue to work on improving an old section of walking track.  Once in the field, we carried all the gear down to the work site and went to work.

We broke into two teams and each team focused on two different track challenges.

One team tackled a steep bend in the track that needed side boards to protect against erosion.  The situation was complicated by a dead tree stump that created the need for a sharp bend in the track.  Before they could determine whether they needed to install steps, they decided that removing the stump would enable a more direct route.

Like most tree stumps, this one had no desire to be removed and it took a lot of work and ingenuity.

It was a strenuous and frustrating task but finally the stump was out. Yeah!!

The team could then install side boards.  The boards needed to be cut to size and then nailed in place.

The team had a tough assignment and we really appreciate their energy and enthusiasm to make the track much better.  Future teams will finish off installing steps and continuing with the side boards.

The other team worked on a section of track a little further down.  Their challenge was to determine the best way to incorporate an existing bench into the track.  They laid out a plan for where they would place the side boards.

They then dug out the channels for the side boards.

They could then place the boards in place and level them.

The boards were test fitted and more digging was usually required to get them into the right position.

The boards were then secured with pegs and nailed into place.

The team did a great job laying out a new route for the track.

Future teams will finish off the other side, level the surface and put down a layer of gravel on the improved sections of track.

Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we have made a great start for continued improvement to the track that will make it wider and easier for visitors to navigate.

Many thanks Hannah for organizing the Westpac visit today.

And a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for your enthusiasm and hard work. It was great meeting you all and we look forward to seeing you again at CUE Haven.  You all have made a major contribution to CUE Haven and your efforts will be greatly appreciated by visitors as they comfortably walk the tracks to explore the growing native forest.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with you all and we hope that you will come back to CUE Haven soon to explore more of your community native forest reserve with your family and friends. And back again next year for another productive volunteer day!

Thank You!! Thank You!!

ASB–11 December 2019

December 12, 2019

ASB is one of the four big banks in New Zealand and has a strong commitment to community service.  Thanks to a small but hard working team from ASB’s Major Commercial group in Auckland, we are one step ahead with our track maintenance work.

The team arrived first thing in the morning and included Christine, Danny, Dylan, Kelly, Michelle, Steve and Tara.  Also joining us for the day was our regular student volunteer, Xerxes.

We spent some time getting acquainted over morning tea and because most of the team was new to CUE Haven, Mahrukh then gave an overview of the CUE Haven project and our current activities and plans.

Thomas gave a safety briefing and overview of the work plan for the day.

The plan for the day was to continue to work on upgrading an old section of walking track.  Once in the field, we carried all the gear down to the work site and went to work.  The more progress we make on this track, the farther we have to walk!

The main work for today was to widen a long section of track and to install side boards to protect against erosion.  There were also several steps along the same track section that needed to be realigned and boxed in.  Because of the size of the group, we were able to work together in the same area and people were able to work on a variety of tasks.

The first task was to study the track issues and come up with creative solutions.

Once the team decided on the routing and layout for the track, they marked it with string and then dug out channels for the side boards.

As the channels were cut out, they fit the boards.

The side boards were then cut to size to match the contours of the track and secured in place with pegs and nails

As they finished a section, they moved down the track, digging out the sides of the track and fitting in new boards.

The steps presented a different set of track work challenges.  The team had to study the existing steps, determine if they were properly aligned or needed to be moved and also whether new steps were needed.

Once the steps were in place, they could put on the side walls and complete that section of the track.

The result of the group’s efforts are an amazing improvement in the track.  This is how it looked when they started.

And this is how it’s looking now!

Thanks to the team’s hard work the tracks got an amazing makeover within a few hours.  When we were finished, the team then packed up all the gear and took a leisurely walk back to the cottage for a well-deserved lunch.

Our many thanks to Kelly for organizing today’s visit and bringing her team out for the day.

And a big thank you to Xerxes for giving up a day of vacation to help out again.

And a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for all their hard work and efforts today. It was really nice meeting you and we thoroughly enjoyed working with you.  You have all made a major contribution to CUE Haven and your efforts will be greatly appreciated by visitors as they comfortably walk the tracks to explore the growing native forest.

We hope that you will come back to CUE Haven soon to explore more of your community native forest reserve with your family and friends. And back again next year for another productive volunteer day!

Thank You!! Thank You!!

The Warehouse Group—5 December 2019

December 6, 2019

The Warehouse Group is New Zealand’s largest retailer.  They have a strong commitment to people and the environment and today we were very happy to have a group of professionals from the Insights and Data Science Team out to help us with some track maintenance work.

The group arrived bright and early and included Andrew, Anis, Bergen, Cherrie, Chris, Courtney, Heike, Karl, Karla, Keryn, Kevin, Lucile, Luke, Maria, Mathew, Sabrina, Sarah and Suzie.   Also joining us for the day was our good friend and regular volunteer, Alan, who also brought along his son David and friend Simon.

We spent some time getting acquainted over morning tea and because most of the team was new to CUE Haven, Mahrukh then gave an overview of the CUE Haven project and our current activities and plans.

Thomas gave a safety briefing and overview of the work plan for the day.

The plan for the day was to work on a variety of improvements to an old section of walking track.  Other teams have been upgrading the track and we wanted to continue that work. Once in the field, we carried all the gear down to the work site and went to work.

Because of the size of the group, we broke into three teams.  Two teams worked on widening a long section of track and the third team worked to install railings on a set of steps a little further up the same track.

The long section of track needed side boards to protect against erosion.  There were also some steps that were not well aligned.  Because we were working in a small area, people moved around between teams to help out with different tasks.

The first task was to study the track issues and come up with creative solutions.

Once they decided on the new layout for the track, they marked it with string and then dug out channels for the side boards.

As the channels were cut out, they could bring down the boards.

The boards were cut to size to match the contours of the track.

And the boards were placed in position and secured with pegs and nails.

As they finished a section, they moved down the track, digging out the sides of the track and fitting in new boards.

The hard working team made so much progress, we had to go down to get more timber.

It took a lot of teamwork to line up some of the boards.

They worked down both sides of the track simultaneously, digging out channels for the side boards and installing them and accomplished an amazing amount of work.

While part of the group worked on widening and lining the track, part tackled several sections of steps on the track.  Several of them were uneven and out of line and the group decided to fix them before putting on side boards.

They first measured and checked the layout, deciding the best way to align the steps.

They decided that some of the old steps needed to be removed and repositioned and that some new steps also needed to be installed.

As they aligned the steps, they were able to install side boards.

The boards needed to be cut to size and on the right angle to allow for the slope of the steps.

The repositioned steps and new side boards were fixed in place with pegs and nails.

This section of track is much better now–it is a fantastic improvement and the team should be very proud of their efforts.

The third team worked to install railings on some steps leading down to another track by the CUE Haven stream.  It was a challenging job because the steps go around a curve.

They measured the steps to determine how may posts they would need and then dug the post holes.

While the holes were dug, we went down to get the posts, rails and concrete.

Digging the holes was a real challenge.  In addition to tree roots they also had to contend with hard sandstone as the steps lead down to the stream.

Once the holes were finished they could cement the poles in place.

The posts were carefully positioned and aligned.

Getting the posts in was a major undertaking and is the most difficult part of putting in railings.  Future teams will install the rails to finish off the job.

The last task we asked the group to tackle was to put down a layer of gravel on a section of track that had been completed earlier by another team.  We went down and loaded up metal in empty buckets.

We drove the full buckets as close to the track as we could and the group carried them down to the site.

Two people at the end of the track raked and smoothed the gravel as the team dumped it on the track.

They brought back all the empty buckets and other gear.

In just a few hours the team made major improvements to the CUE Haven tracks.  Have a look at what they accomplished.

Finished metaling:

Finished track and steps:

Posts in place, ready for rails:

Thanks to everyone’s hard work the tracks got an amazing makeover within a few hours.  When we were finished, the team then packed up all the gear and took a leisurely walk back to the cottage for a well-deserved lunch.

Many thanks to Keryn and Chris for organizing The Warehouse Group visit.

And thank you to Alan, David and Simon for joining us today.  We really appreciate your help.

And a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for all their hard work and efforts today. It was really nice meeting you and we thoroughly enjoyed working with you.  You have all made a major contribution to CUE Haven and your efforts will be greatly appreciated by visitors as they comfortably walk the tracks to explore the growing native forest.

We hope that you will come back to CUE Haven soon to explore more of your community native forest reserve with your family and friends. And back again next year for another productive volunteer day!

Thank You!!  Thank You!!

Kaukapakapa School—29 November 2019

November 30, 2019

Today we were very happy to welcome Year 4 & 5 students from Kaukapakapa School for a day of learning and exploring. The school is only 15 km from CUE Haven and is the closest school to CUE Haven.

The Year 5 students came in the morning and Year 4 after lunch.

The Year 5 students arrived shortly after nine and included teachers Charlene and Karin and parents Jessica, Julie, Kylie, Mark, Rachel, Sam, Sharleen and Trine with 52 students.

Year 4 included teachers Claire and Nigel and parents Kara, Karl, Lara and Samantha and 44 students. And also parents Julie and Sam from the morning session.

We were also very happy to have Anna Baine of Auckland Council Parks joining us to help out.

Mahrukh gave both groups a brief overview about CUE Haven and described the planned activities.

The plan for each group was for the students to do a variety of activities which would help them learn about nature and how they can help protect it.  The students went for a nature walk so they could learn a little bit about native New Zealand plants and animals, and did activities to learn about conserving natural resources.  Because of the size of the groups, we broke each group into two.  One group did the nature walk while the other did the other activities and we switched over so that all the students had a chance to do all of the activities.

Nature Walk

Thomas took the group for a walk in the bush.  Before starting out, he gave a safety briefing and talked a little bit about what they would see on the walk.  He showed them the neighbour’s paddock to give the students an idea of how CUE Haven looked eleven years ago and then showed them the 2008 and 2015 plantings so that they could compare the way the trees had grown up.

The students had a chance to see the area where a landslip occurred during a torrential rain storm in August 2016. The slip began on the neighbouring property but mainly affected CUE Haven. Thomas talked about the importance of having trees on hill slopes and showed the groups the remedial planting being done in the area to stabilize the hill slope.

During the walk, Thomas pointed out the difference between wetland and non wetland plants so the students could identify the difference and also explained how the plantings had helped water quality in both the CUE Haven stream and downstream in the Araparera River and the Kaipara Harbour.

As we continued our walk through the bush, the students got a chance to see many different native trees.

The students also got a chance to look out over the Araparera River and Kaipara Harbour and they could observe the connection between the CUE Haven waterways and the harbour and better appreciate how improving water quality at CUE Haven was helping the harbour.

Thomas reminded the students of the challenges that native New Zealand plants and animals faced because of introduced pest plants and animals.  The students have been learning about pest control at school and most of them are trapping at home.  They recognized the traps and tracking tunnels deployed throughout the property and also correctly identified the freshly caught stoat in one of the traps on the walk.

The group then headed down to a big puriri tree that been had saved from possum browsing.   Thomas showed the students pictures of the tree before we started doing pest control so the students could see how much damage the possums had done and a picture taken a few years later so they could see how the tree had recovered.

He then had them look at the tree and the area around it to see how much more things have changed.

That tree has become a home for kereru and a lot of karaka are growing up under the tree after the kereru have dropped the big seeds.

The students got a chance to see how everything in nature is interconnected—our pest control efforts saved the puriri tree, which attracted birds, in particular the kereru, who are in turn creating more forest by spreading the big seeds.

We finished up with a walk through the wetlands and then headed back to the nursery for the next activity.

Sustainable Living and Kaitiakitanga

The students also did an interesting activity with Mahrukh about resource depletion to help them better appreciate how to conserve our planet’s resources and be good kaitiaki (guardians) of our planet. The activity generated a lot of interesting discussion.

The students broke into groups of six or seven and each group was assisted by a parent or teacher.  Each group had a bowl full of small stones and an empty bowl, a pair of chopsticks, a fork, a teaspoon and a tablespoon.  The students were told that they were to take turns moving the stones from one bowl to the other, the first person was to use only their little fingers, the second the chopsticks, the third the teaspoon, the fourth the fork, the fifth person the tablespoon and the remaining could scoop up stones with their whole hand.

Mahrukh counted time as the students took turn moving the stones using their “tool.”

They were told to raise their hands as soon as they emptied the bowl.

Mahrukh then asked the students to imagine that the stones represented the Earth’s natural resources and their little fingers, chop sticks, forks and spoons represented the technical progress that has enabled humans to use resources more rapidly over the ages.  And then discussed how excessive use of all our natural resources would mean that there could be none left for future generations.

The students then spent some time in their groups discussing different ways to conserve resources – by Rethinking, Reducing, Reusing, Restoring, Repairing and Recycling.  They wrote down ideas for things they can do at school and home while the adults facilitated the discussions.

Although at first the students thought the activity was a game and the objective was to empty the stones from the bowl as quickly as possible, they realized the importance of what the stones represented and the risk to future generations of over consumption and they had some serious discussions of what they could do individually and as a society to reduce consumption and conserve resources.

Anna from Auckland Council gave the students an interactive talk about some of the pests the students have been catching and showed them a stuffed possum and an albino ferret.

At the end of each session, Mahrukh did an exercise with the students on identifying native New Zealand bird calls.

Although the native bird population at CUE Haven has increased significantly since the restoration of  CUE Haven started in 2008, we are hopeful that sometime in the future all the native birds will be thriving here.

Before the students returned to school, each student was given a small lolly.  Mahrukh told the students about the famous Stanford Marshmallow experiment and the numerous benefits of delayed gratification and controlling impulsive behaviour.  The students were asked to demonstrate their self control and hold on to the lolly and only eat it once they returned to school.

We really enjoyed spending time with the Kaukapakapa School students, teachers and parents and we want to thank Charlene for making all the arrangements for the visit.  And a big thank you the teachers and parents for helping out.

And a special thank you to Anna for coming out and adding her expertise.

And a BIG thank you to the students!  We really enjoyed meeting you and working with you and hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we did.

We hope you will come back to CUE Haven with your families to explore more of the property and see how the forest is growing. Looking forward to seeing you all often at your community native forest reserve.