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Ētahi mahi hōnore mō te wahine Māori—Karanga Workshop At CUE Haven—14 July 2018

July 24, 2018

A karanga is a formal Māori ceremonial call to welcome visitors at the start of a pōwhiri.  Every karanga is unique to the circumstances, and there are rich traditions and rituals surrounding the form and content.  Unfortunately, much of the tradition is being lost.

We were recently honoured to have CUE Haven host a day long intensive karanga workshop for local Māori women.  The session was conducted by CUE Haven Advisory Board member, Rewana Waaka of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara and her partner Bruce McSheffrey of Ngāti Kahungunu.

The workshop was attended by nine Māori women from the local hapu, or area. Our kaumatua, Haahi Walker, was also present and provided additional history, guidance and support for the programme.

Today’s workshop included an in depth look at the background and the rich traditions surrounding karanga, and included practice sessions.  The participants also had the opportunity to perform the basic karanga themselves.

It was a very successful day and the workshop was much appreciated by all the participants.  Our many thanks to Rewana for organising this session.

Rewana and Bruce are planning more workshops on Maori culture, tradition and crafts over the coming months for the wider community and we very much look forward to hosting them at CUE Haven.


For additional information and to learn more about this kaupapa, see:  Karanga:  The First Voice–Maori Television



Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Residential—16-20 July 2018

July 21, 2018

This week we hosted the 25th Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award gold residential.

The group arrived on Monday morning and included Annie, Caitlyn, Hayley, James, Kayla, Sophie, Suyeon and Vicky.  Hayley was the on-site team leader.

Also joining us for the week was Rangipai Hill-Dobson, the DoEHA CUE Haven residential leader and also on site helping out for most of the week was Andy Woodhouse, DoEHA National Training and Development Director.

We started off with morning tea and introductions.  Mahrukh gave an overview of the CUE Haven project and Thomas gave a description of the work planned for the week, outlined expectations and gave a safety briefing.

The July residential is always a challenge because it is in the middle of winter when the ground is wet and there is a good chance of rain.  As a result, we have to be flexible as to planning and activities.  We did have a lot of rain and mud, but the team coped very well.  The plan for the week was to do some planting, bench building and a variety of maintenance tasks.  The group broke into two teams to tackle different tasks.


The good news is that the bush at CUE Haven is growing thick and fast, but that means that we need to regularly trim back branches growing over roads, tracks and fence lines.  The team tackled various pruning jobs with loppers and secateurs.

Most of the trimming was along roads and tracks.

We also need to trim back the trees from the boundary fence to discourage the neighbours’ cows from coming over for a tasty snack.

Lastly, the team helped prune some of the fruit trees in the orchard.


Winter is planting season at CUE Haven and the participants finished off our planting for the season.  The first task was taking the plants up to the planting site.

Once on site, the team planted kahikatea, kawakawa, miro and karamu.

They also cleaned up the area around the DoEHA mosaic and planted some ornamental hebes around the mosaic.

The mosaic area is now a nice spot for visitors to have a seat and enjoy the surrounding bush.

Track Maintenance

Because it’s so wet in winter we can’t do a lot of track work, but there were a few critical tasks that we asked the group to do.

The first was fixing a washout on a long section of track.  The retaining boards and pegging supporting the track had collapsed and there was the threat of further erosion.  With Andy’s supervision, the team dug out the area, replaced and reinforced the retaining boards and generally straightened and improved the track.

The last task was to cover the improved section with gravel to make it safe in all weather.

The team also inspected the wetlands boardwalk to identify places where the wire mesh we installed to make the surface slip-proof was coming loose.  They cut out bad sections and replaced them with new mesh.

The most ambitious track project the team tackled was to extend the boardwalk on a section of walking track. The unusually heavy rain we have had the past month has made a long section of track virtually impassable and we decided to extend the boardwalk.

The team decided to reposition a small section of the existing boardwalk and also build a long section to extend the boardwalk.

Once the measurements were taken they built the framework.  Andy trained and supervised them in the use of power tools to cut the timber.

They then took the timber into the field and assembled the framework.

The completed framework was put into position and secured in place.

The top planks were then installed, a job that required a lot of nailing.

The team was then left with one of the bigger challenges—planking a curved section of boardwalk.  They studied the issue and came up with a plan for how to cut wedge planks to cover the area.

It was like putting a puzzle together and the team got it just right!

A very nice, professional job.

The last task was to install a layer of mesh over the new boardwalk section to ensure safe traction when the boards are wet.

They also put down a layer of gravel on the section of track with no boardwalk to make it easier to walk on during the wet weather.

Thanks to the team’s efforts this section of the track is now usable and comfortable to walk on.

Bench Building

While one team was in the field, the other team designed and built two innovative benches for the walking track.  There is an area in the wetlands where there is a walking track down a hill to a bridge.  The track is a series of switchbacks to make it easier to walk up and down the hill and there are a couple of places where we thought it would be nice for visitors to be able to sit and rest and enjoy the views.  The team studied the area and came up with designs for two benches.

The spent some time designing the proposed benches.

And then went to work to build them.

Pai trained the team in the use of the power tools and supervised their use.

The benches slowly took shape.

Once the benches were complete, the team spent some time in the field levelling the ground and preparing the area where the benches would be installed.

The benches were given their final touches and then loaded onto the ute and carried out to where they would be installed.

The team also brought up the concrete and water and tools that would be needed to cement the benches in place.

The first bench follows an angle in the track and was built in two sections.  It was a challenge to get sections aligned together and parallel to the track.  The team used a post hole borer to make holes for the benches.

Once the holes were made, there was a lot of digging still required to get the bench sections even and the surrounding area level.

The bench was then cemented into place.

Installation of the second bench also presented challenges.  It is on a more sloping section of track so there was a lot of work needed to level the area.

Also, this bench has a back which was installed in the field.

Extra large holes were needed for the bench legs and the back support timbers.

Installing benches is always a challenge and this time is was complicated by a torrential rain storm which made the area slippery and muddy.  But the determined team carried on and got the benches in.  They are a fantastic addition to the landscape and will be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.

Here are views of the new benches.

Future DoEHA teams will landscape the area around the benches.

This residential involved a lot of hard work in challenging conditions. But the team took some time to relax, socialise and enjoy the property.  They enjoyed stargazing at night and seeing the glow worms on the walking track.  And they also made friends with some of our bovine neighbours!

Our many thanks to Andy and Rangipai for their assistance working with the students and helping to keep projects moving.  We really appreciate your enthusiasm and support.

And thank you to Hayley for taking time out of your busy schedule to help out as the team leader.

And a BIG THANK YOU to the hard working team.  We really enjoyed meeting you and working with you and very much appreciate your many valued contributions to CUE Haven.  We hope you will come back to visit with your families and friends and we wish you good luck with your studies and much happiness and success in the future.

Thanks again!!


Overseas Chinese Association—16 June 2018

June 17, 2018

Our 2018 planting season finished off on a high note as our friends from the NZ Chapter of the Overseas Chinese Association combined a day of planting with their annual Dragon Boat Festival.  This is the fourth year in a row that the OCA have planted at CUE Haven and it was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones.   We were also joined by a group of enthusiastic Asian students who wanted to help out with tree planting.

The Overseas Chinese Association group members included Adonis, Andy, Benjamin, Cheng Huei, Chien-Chow, Cindy, Elaine, Grace, Heidi, Hsi-Hao, Ifsen, Jo, Joy, Julia, Lassie, Lauren, Lawden, Linda, Maria, Pearl, Rose, Ruby, Sam, Simon, and Wan.

The student volunteers included Carrie, Cheng, Nina, Yang and Yolanda.

We started out with a leisurely morning tea to give everyone a chance to get acquainted. Thank you Nestle NZ for providing the variety of Nescafe menus coffees for our volunteers.

Mahrukh then gave the group an update on the latest developments at CUE Haven and Thomas did a safety briefing and description of the work planned for the day.

The plan for the day was to do infill planting in an area that had originally been planted in 2010.  The pioneer trees have grown up and created the right environment to plant long-lived canopy trees and today the group planted totara, puriri and kohekohe.  While some of the group planted, the rest worked to trim vegetation that had over grown along the road and walking tracks.

The first task was to get up to the work site.  Thomas drove up a group in the ute, but a lot chose to take advantage of the great weather and walk up.

Thomas then gave a planting demo and a reminder of safety issues and the group went to work.

As the planting team moved through the bush, the trimming team followed closely behind.  They trimmed back vegetation that had grown out into the track.

In a little over an hour, the hard working group managed to plant all the trees we had!  We all took a leisurely walk back to the cottage for the special Dragon Boat Festival lunch.

They also took time to clean and put away the equipment—Thanks!

While most of the team was in the field, a few people stayed behind to prepare the lunch which included tasty sticky rice dumplings, ginger soup, vegetable soup, chicken and salads.

Everyone then had a fun and relaxing lunch.

Maria, who has been a frequent visitor at CUE Haven is finishing up her four year posting as Vice Consul with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Auckland and will be leaving New Zealand next month.  She and gave a farewell speech to the group. Maria, we wish you all the best in your new posting and hope you will come back to see us when you visit New Zealand in the future.

We had a fantastic day with everyone and we were very happy to have been able to meet up with old friends and make new friends.

We want to thank Adonis for all his help with organising his group’s visit and also, our thanks to Nina for bringing her family and friends along today.

And a special BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came today. We very much appreciate your friendship, your enthusiasm and hard work and your continued support of our efforts at CUE Haven.

You have all made a major contribution not only to CUE Haven but also to our planet and the community. Clearing the overgrown vegetation will encourage new growth in the trees.  The new trees you planted today are a lasting legacy and will live for hundreds of years and provide a wonderful habitat for numerous plant and animal life and also create a wonderful native nature reserve for the whole community to enjoy for many generations.

Many Thanks again!!  We’re very much looking forward to having you visit again soon.

SFS Centre for Rainforest Studies—13 June 2018

June 14, 2018

The School for Field Studies (SFS) is a US-based global organisation that provides students with overseas study opportunities in a variety of ecological settings. The SFS Centre for Rainforest Studies, based in Australia, features a programme of study that includes a visit to New Zealand where students can learn about New Zealand’s temperate rain forests.

Since 2014, the students’ New Zealand trip has included a visit to CUE Haven.  The group arrived just before lunch and included students Abby, Audrey, Bridget, Carmen, Chloe, Clare, Jack, Jihoo, Jordan, Maddie, Maddy, Nihall, Pasjiónette, Ryan, Sharika, Skylee, Trey, Tully and Vincent.

The group was led by Centre lecturers Justus Kithiia and Catherine Pohlman and staff members Anne, Bridget and Jade.

We started off by getting acquainted over lunch.  Mahrukh gave an overview of the CUE Haven project and Thomas described the work the students would be doing during their stay and also gave a safety briefing.

The plan for the day was to do some planting in the wetlands and also plant long lived canopy trees in an area previously planted in 2010.  Planting different types of trees in different areas gave the students a wider exposure to New Zealand plants and forest conditions.

The plants were already on site and we took the short walk to the wetlands.  Thomas explained the geography and features of the wetlands and explained some of the challenges rehabilitating the wetlands.  He also explained the different kinds of wetland plants.

The wetlands had been planted in prior years, but there are a number of invasive weeds in the wetlands that can’t be controlled by spraying.  The only way to get rid of them is to crowd them out with desirable species, so the team assisted with infill planting in the weedy areas.  The planting presented some unique challenges as they had to move deep into the wetlands to find the areas to plant and contend with uneven ground and lots of mud!

In addition to filling in bare patches in the existing planting, the team also relocated some plants that were growing too close to the boardwalk before they got too big to move.

In no time, the group managed to plant all the wetland plants.

They then collected all the pots and crates and planting bags and we moved to the next planting site.

From the second site, the group got a view of the Kaipara Harbour and the Araparera River.  Thomas explained some of the local geography and how the CUE Haven stream flows into the river and how our restoration efforts contribute to water quality improvement in the Harbour.

They then went to work, planting the very long living canopy trees – puriri, kohekohe, totara and kaihikatea, amongst the pioneer plantings.

Everyone disappeared into the bush in search of good planting spots.

When we were finished, we took a leisurely walk back to the cottage

During the walk, Thomas pointed out a number of other features of New Zealand bush and animals.  He explained our pest control programme and how possum control had saved a big puriri tree which has become a home for the protected kereru (NZ Wood pigeon). The kereru are in turn “planting” karaka seeds under the puriri tree as they are one of the few birds who are able to digest and disperse the large seeds of the karaka.  It’s a nice reminder of how everything in nature is connected.

It was a short visit but the group accomplished a lot.  We were very impressed with the enthusiastic group who were very keen to learn and help out.

Our thanks to Amanda Freeman, SFS Centre Director, for arranging the visit who is on sabbatical so could not join us today. We really enjoy having the SFS students and staff at CUE Haven and value our relationship and do so appreciate your continued support.

We want to thank Justus for handling the logistics of today’s visit.  And also many thanks to all the SFS staff for their help on site and ensuring things went smoothly.  And a big thank you to Justus for helping out with the photography.

And a very BIG THANK YOU to all the students.  It was great meeting all of you and working with you. We were very impressed by your enthusiasm, motivation and interest in CUE Haven and in NZ native flora and fauna.

You have all made a major contribution not only to the CUE Haven restoration project but also to our planet. The wetland trees you planted will help improve the water quality and the canopy trees will create a long living sustainable habitat and provide food and shelter for a variety of plant and bird life over the years. And also provide educational opportunities and enjoyment to generations of visitors.  What a fantastic legacy!!

We wish you all good luck and much success and happiness in your future endeavours.  We do hope you will keep in touch and come back to visit us at CUE Haven and enjoy the native forest reserve you have helped create.


Westlake Boys High School – 5 & 6 June 2018

June 7, 2018

Westlake Boys High School on Auckland’s North Shore is one of New Zealand’s largest schools and for the past few years, Westlake Boys students have been visiting CUE Haven both to help out with our restoration project and to supplement their classroom work with field studies.

Again this year, Year 11 geography students are studying the Kaipara Harbour and how human activity can affect it.  To help the students gain a better appreciation of the extent of the harbour and the activities taking place in the area, the head of the geography department, Andy Jones, organized a field trip to the Kaipara for the students.

The visit was scheduled over two days with two classes attending one day and the other two coming the following day.  Each day the classes took turns visiting two venues–Muriwai Valley Farm, a sustainable farm operated by Bev Trowbridge and her husband, and CUE Haven.

Over the two days we had a total of 179 students accompanied by teachers Andrew Clarke, Andy Jones, Ash James, Brad Coetzee, John Foden, Jordon Stanley, Maeve Learmouth and Michael Tillett.

The weather was unusually cold and wet and each group had to deal with showers.  It was raining so hard when the last class came on Wednesday afternoon, that we didn’t even get a group photo!  And the hot chocolate generously provided by Nestle NZ was much appreciated.  Thanks Nestle.

The students’ assignment is to gain an understanding of how different types of land use in the region affect the Kaipara Harbour.  Some of the issues are loss of habitat for snapper, seabed sedimentation and erosion.  The visit was an opportunity for the students to see first hand how land use directly affects the Harbour and see some of the tradeoffs involved in improving water quality.

Mahrukh started each session with some background information on CUE Haven and talked briefly about how the planting had affected water quality, erosion and land stability.

Thomas then took the students for a walk in the bush to show them specific examples of how the restoration project had affected the land and how it was affecting our waterways and, ultimately the Kaipara Harbour.  They started with a safety briefing.

The students saw some of the oldest and newest plantings and were able to compare them to the neighbours’ paddocks which are still being grazed.

Thomas explained that changing land use alters the way water behaves, mainly by affecting the direction and speed of flow.  He pointed out that removing the forest canopy increases the peak flow of water and how the water flow from the open paddocks on the neighbouring properties had contributed to a land slip at CUE Haven.

We then walked to the area where the slip occurred in 2016 so the students could see the cause and effect of the slip and how remedial plantings were now helping to stabilize the land.

The students then had a look at where the CUE Haven stream flows into the wetlands and learned about how planting had affected the water flows from the top of the property, making the stream less flood prone and also how the health of the wetlands had improved due to less flooding and erosion.

The students also visited an old puriri tree which has recovered from years of possum browsing (thanks to our pest control efforts), and saw how the health of the tree was having a positive impact on other plants and animals.

As we headed up to the top of the property, the students got a chance to see different types of vegetation and landscapes.

We visited a place on the CUE Haven stream to see evidence of some of the earliest land use by humans in the area.  Early Maori settlers created pools in the bed rock along the stream to store fish in summer when the stream level is low.

Thanks to the restoration efforts, the stream is once again healthy and home to kokopu, inanga, koura and many macroinvertebrates. The students also got a chance to see and hear some of the bird life that is returning to CUE Haven.

Once near the top of the property, the students had a good look at the Kaipara Harbour.  They were able to see how the CUE Haven stream feeds the Araparera River and in turn the Harbour.  And  were able to see a variety of land uses—farming, forestry, restoration and residential and discuss how those different activities affect the health of the Harbour.

The students took notes and made sketch maps and the teachers also took the opportunity to review aspects of the assignment and how the CUE Haven visit related to the assignment.

We then headed back down hill.

And finished off with a walk through the wetlands so the students could see how planting improved water quality and reduced runoff and sediment.

Once back at the cottage, the students had the opportunity to ask any questions about what they had heard and seen during the visit.

We have always hoped that CUE Haven will become an environmental education resource for the community and we are very happy to have schools like Westlake Boys use the space for learning.

We really enjoyed hosting the students and sharing information about the restoration of CUE Haven and its positive effects on the water quality of the Kaipara Harbour. We want to thank Andy for arranging the sessions and sorting all the complicated transportation requirements!  Everything went perfectly as far as timing.

And a big thank you to all the teachers for their valuable assistance.

Lastly, many thanks to the students for their time and attention.  The weather made things a little messy and challenging but everyone coped well and we hope you found the visit helpful.  We wish you all the best with your assignment and further studies and hope you will come back to CUE Haven for a leisurely visit to explore and enjoy more of the property.

Ficino School—22 May 2018

May 23, 2018

Today a great group of Year Five students from Ficino School in Auckland visited CUE Haven for a fun day of learning and tree planting.  This was the sixth year in a row that teacher Ashley has brought her students out to CUE Haven.

The group arrived just before ten and included students Bennet, Callum, Cleo, Harper, Ivy, Jarvis, Jocelyn, Justin, Leo, Lila, Maren, Niko and Sultan.  Also joining us were teachers Ashley and Helen and parents Helen and Nicola.

We got acquainted over morning tea (thanks Nestle NZ for donating the delicious hot chocolate for the students), and then Mahrukh gave an overview about CUE Haven and explained the benefits of tree planting to the environment and water quality.

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

The plan for the day was for the students to do a variety of activities which would help them learn about nature and how they can help protect it.  We did some tree planting, went for a nature walk and then did activities to learn about conserving natural resources.


We took a short walk to the area where the stream flows into the wetlands. There the students planted cabbage trees, manuka and kahikatea trees.  Thomas showed the students the trees they would be planting and explained where they should be planted to ensure they grow well.

He showed them mature specimens of the trees so the students could see how the trees will look when they grow up and then did a demo on how to plant a tree.

The group then went to work!

In no time, the students managed to plant all of the trees we had brought up for them—and they were a lot messier than when they started!

Nature Walk

When the planting was finished, 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.

During the walk, Thomas pointed out some of the different planting areas to show the students how the trees were growing and explained the difference between wetland and non-wetland plantings.  He also explained how our plantings had helped water quality in both the CUE Haven stream and downstream in the Araparera River and the Kaipara Harbour.

The group got to see our pest control programme in action as we passed by a freshly caught rat!

The rat had planned it well, because our next stop on the walk was a big puriri tree that our pest control work had saved from possum browsing.  The puriri has now become a home for kereru and a lot of karaka are growing up under the tree after the kereru have dropped seeds.  The students got a chance to see how everything in nature is interconnected—by saving the tree, we attracted birds who are in turn creating more forest by spreading seeds and by controlling rats we are helping to prevent the dropped seeds from being eaten before they can grow.

One of the things we want the students to learn at CUE Haven is the importance of slowing down and connecting with nature and appreciating the natural world.

At the halfway point on the walk. Thomas asked the students to stop, be still, close their eyes and focus on their breath for ten seconds.  He then asked them to do it again but this time to concentrate on what they were hearing, feeling and smelling and to experience nature with their eyes closed.

The students then had to describe what they heard and felt. They heard birds, the stream flowing and the wind.  They smelled the hange hange and the fresh forest scent.

Thomas encouraged the students to continue to walk leisurely and observe nature on the rest of the walk and they enjoyed the company of a couple of friendly piwakawaka (fantails).

The students also got a chance to look out over the Araparera River and Kaipara Harbour and they could better 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.

We finished up the walk in the wetlands where the students had a closer look at some of the different wetland plants and ponds.

We then got cleaned up for lunch!

After lunch, Thomas talked a little more about the importance of pest control in protecting both the trees and native birds and animals.  He explained some of the challenges that native New Zealand plants and animals faced because of introduced pest plants and animals and described the trapping activities at CUE Haven and demonstrated the tracking tunnels we use to monitor pest populations as well as the traps we use to control them.

The students got to see first hand how the traps work.

Mahrukh then gave a short session on native birds and showed the students pictures of the birds at CUE Haven as well as some of the birds we hope to see someday and played recordings of their calls.

Sustainable Living

As a final activity, we did an interesting game about resource depletion to help the students better appreciate how to conserve our planet’s resources. The game generated a lot of interesting discussion.


The students broke into small groups and each group was assisted by a parent or teacher.  Each group had a bowl full of small stones and an empty bowl, 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 fork, the third the teaspoon, the fourth the tablespoon and the last person could scoop up stones with their whole hand.

Mahrukh counted time as the students worked on moving the stones beginning with the students using only their little fingers and then the little fork, followed by using the teaspoon and tablespoon.

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

In almost all cases, the student with the tablespoon emptied the bowl and the last person had no stones to remove.  Mahrukh then asked the students to imagine that the stones represented the Earth’s natural resources and their little fingers, forks and spoons represented the technical progress that has enabled humans to use resources more rapidly over the ages. The students who didn’t get a chance to move any stones were asked how they felt.

Mahrukh 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 with the adults facilitating the discussion.

At the end of the activities ,Ashley asked all of the students to close their eyes, relax and reflect on what they had learned and done.

It was a great day of learning and exploring and we want to thank teachers Ashley and Helen and parents Helen and Nicola for helping out today and helping to make the day so special.  And an extra thank you to Ashley, for her enthusiasm and for bringing her students to CUE Haven each year.

And a BIG thank you to the students!  We really enjoyed meeting you and working with you and hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.  We are always impressed at how polite, enthusiastic and engaged Ficino students are.  Thanks so much for your help with the tree planting—the trees you planted today will live for many years and you have made a wonderful contribution to CUE Haven, the community and the planet.

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 again soon.


Air New Zealand Greenteam—19 May 2018

May 20, 2018

Air New Zealand has a strong commitment to offsetting the impact of air travel on the environment, and Air New Zealand employees are involved in several green initiatives.  The Air New Zealand Greenteam includes almost 3,000 employees who are committed to environmental action and education both at work and home.

For the fourth year in a row, a great group of  Air NZ staff who are also members of the Air NZ Greenteam spent a day a CUE Haven helping out with our planting efforts.  It was great seeing old friends and meeting lots of new ones!  Many of the Greenteam members brought along family and friends and that contributed to the fun and relaxed atmosphere of the day.

The group of 32 arrived around ten and included Anaru, Bel, Caroline, Devina, Diana, Emma, Jack, James, Jemiton, Josh, Joshua, Karen, Larissa, Leroy, Louise, Maria, Maya, Milica, Pheonix, Pia, Priyanka, Rachel, Rajesh, Rob, Shelley, Sherylene, Simon, Tim, Vicki, Vidhi, Yogin and Yukari.

We had a relaxing morning tea and then Mahrukh gave a brief history of the CUE Haven restoration project and recent developments and Thomas gave an overview of the work planned for the day and a safety briefing.

Today’s plan was to do infill planting of long-lived native trees (kahikatea, pukatea, kohekohe and totara) in an area near the top of the property which also has an extensive wetland .  The area had been initially planted in 2015 and the pioneer trees have grown up enough to create a good environment for the bigger trees.

Because of the size of the group, we drove up in three smaller groups.  Once everyone was at the planting site, Thomas gave a planting demo and the group went to work.

The crates of plants had been previously brought up and the group broke into teams.  Each team took a crate and disappeared into the bush to find good planting spots.

Today’s planting area was huge and the group quickly spread out.

In an amazingly short amount of time, the group managed to plant all of the trees we had put out for the day—and when the Greenteam comes, we put out a lot of trees!  A fantastic effort!

The team then collected up all the bags, crates and equipment and brought them up to the ute.

We then took a leisurely walk back to the cottage for a well deserved lunch.

The hard working group did more than just plant trees.  Earlier this week we had a big load of timber delivered and wanted to store it in the nursery out of the elements and some of the Greenteam members helped us move the timber to get it out of the way—thanks so much!

We always enjoy a visit from the Greenteam and today was another great day—fun and very productive. Plus we got a chance to meet a lot of nice new people and spend time with some old friends.  We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

We want to thank Shelly for organizing the Greenteam visit.  Shelley – we really appreciate your continued support and friendship and a big thank you for the traps which will be a help to our pest control efforts!

And a BIG thank you to all the Greenteam members and families and friends who came along today.  We really appreciate your enthusiasm and your hard work. The trees you planted will live for hundreds of years and form part of a native forest for the community to enjoy for many generations.  What a wonderful legacy!!

We hope you and your family and friends will visit CUE Haven often to explore and enjoy your community native forest reserve you have all helped create.

Thanks Again!!