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ANZ Products Group—15 April 2019

April 16, 2019

Our summer track maintenance work ended on a high note as a great group of professionals from the ANZ products group spent a day at CUE Haven finishing off the track we’ve been working on all summer.

The group arrived bright and early and included Alan, Andrew, Anna, Anya, Bojan, Chris I., Chris W., Glenn, Hayley, James, Jessica H., Jessica S., Nicola, Nipun and Sol.

We spent some time chatting over morning tea and then, because almost all of the participants were new to CUE Haven, Mahrukh gave a short talk on the history and purpose of the project and our current plans.

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

A washout last December resulted in us doing a lot of remediation work on the drainage and contours on one of the walking tracks all summer long.  Once the remediation work was completed we decided to upgrade that entire track.

The only upgrades remaining were to install some side retaining boards at the entryway to the track, to build some railings on a bridge at the other end of the track and put down a layer of gravel to make the track safe for all weather use.

Because of the size of the group, we broke into smaller teams.  Half of the group spent some time trimming away vegetation that had grown over the track and adjacent road and the rest of the group was split into two teams—one handled the retaining walls and the other did the railings.

We drove up to the track entrance and went to work.

At CUE Haven we like to see trees growing, but sometimes when they grow out into the road they need to be trimmed back.  We asked the team to move down the main race cutting back the trees to the edge of the road.

They went to work with loppers, shears and secateurs and very quickly cleared a long section of road.

In the meantime, the other teams were working on their projects.   We started by unloading all the gear and organizing into teams.

The team installing side boards on the steps had a number of challenges.   The first task was to study the area and figure out how best to merge the boards between the existing side walls.

They then faced the challenge of digging out some old dead tree roots that had prevented earlier teams from installing the boards.

Once that was done, they could cut the new boards to size.

They then installed the boards by nailing and pegging them in place, and the result is a nice set of steps to start off the track.

The railing team also had some challenges.  The plan was to attach upright posts at each corner of the bridge to serve as rail supports.  The team had a look at the situation to plan their work.

The uprights were to be attached to the sides of the bridge but when the bridge was built, the top boards were cut slightly longer than the bridge width so there was a slight hangover that prevented the supports laying flat against the bridge.

The team decided that the solution was to trim off the excess. At one end of the bridge it was necessary to dig to make room to do the sawing.

And they went to work trimming off the excess timber.

Once the area was prepared, the uprights were carefully installed and straightened.

And checked to ensure they were also secure!

The step team had finished their work at the top of the track and joined this team to work on the railings. They brought down the timber for the horizontal railings.

The team installed the railings.

They even installed a second board on another railing along the side of the stream.

The railings are a fantastic addition to both the safety and appearance of the bridge and the team should be very proud of their efforts.

Once the track work was complete, it was time to finish off the track with a layer of gravel.  Most of the track sections were exposed clay which can be very slippery and messy when wet.  To make the track safe for all weather use, we put down a layer of gravel to provide traction.  The team helped out with the challenging task of carrying the gravel down to the track in buckets.

Doing track gravelling is a challenging job because there is no easy way to do it other than by bringing up the gravel in buckets and carrying it down to the end of the track.

Everyone joined up for this task and we set up a system where some members filled buckets down by the car park while most of the group carried them along the track and dumped the gravel on the track.  A small team was positioned at the end to rake and smooth the gravel.  Empty buckets were sent back to be refilled.

The team down at the car park filled the buckets and loaded them onto the ute.

We drove up to the closest entrance to the track where the buckets were unloaded and carried down.  The buckets were emptied at the end of the track and empties were carried back to be taken down and refilled.

At the end of the track two people used rakes to level the gravel as it was dumped on the track.

It was a great moment when we reached the end of the track! And the last of the gravel was poured out and raked in.

Congratulations to this very hard working team for pushing themselves to finish off the track today.

Our thanks to all the nine groups of our fantastic volunteers who have worked on this track since mid-January to make it so good. We are so happy with the way it has turned out and visitors to CUE Haven will definitely enjoy using it to explore the bush.

Take a walk!

A very special thank you to Anya for organizing the day and bringing her team out to CUE Haven today.

And a HUGE thank you to everyone in this very hardworking ANZ team.  We so much enjoyed working with you and truly appreciate your hard work and everything you accomplished.  You have made a major contribution to the CUE Haven walking tracks and your work will be much appreciated by visitors for years to come.

We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did and we look forward to having you back with your family and friends for a more leisurely visit and back again next year for another fun & productive volunteer day.

THANK YOU!!  THANK YOU!!

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Orewa College International Students—11 April 2019

April 12, 2019

Orewa College north of Auckland sponsors an international exchange program which gives overseas students the opportunity to experience New Zealand culture and natural heritage.  In addition to regular course work, the international students can participate in a New Zealand Experience class where they do outdoor activities, take trips and learn more about New Zealand.

Adrienne Croad, International Students Development Director and teacher, Ceclia Tyne once again brought a group of 30 students in the New Zealand Experience class to CUE Haven for a day of volunteering on a community developed native forest reserve.

The students today were from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Germany and Japan and included Alena, Camila, Cara Marie, Chiharu, Emelie, Eugenia, Felicitas, Fu, Giulia, Haruku, Inka, Isolina, Jette, Julie, Kanoko, Kazuki, Lilly-Ann, Lucas, Maria, Michael, Milagros, Nanami, Nele-Amelie, Nicolas, Pedro, Sofia, Soma, Svea-Mareen, Tominaga, & Yuki.

The group arrived at about 9:30 and normally we would have taken the time to get acquainted over a leisurely morning tea, but today’s weather forecast was for heavy rain later in the day so we decided to get straight to work.  Thomas gave a description of the work to be done and a safety briefing and sure enough, the rain started as we were getting underway.

The plan for the day was to put down a layer of gravel on a section of walking track that we have been improving during the summer.  During the wet winter weather, the tracks can be very slippery if they don’t have gravel to help with traction.

Doing track gravelling is a challenging job because there is no easy way to do it other than by bringing up the gravel in buckets and carrying it down to the end of the track.

We set up a system where one group filled buckets down by the car park while most of the group carried them along the track and dumped the gravel at the end of the track.  A team was positioned at the end of the track to rake and smooth the gravel.  Empty buckets were sent back to be refilled.

The team down at the car park filled the buckets and loaded them onto the ute.

During the morning the teams shifted around so that students got a chance to do different tasks—and use different muscles!

Once the ute was full, we drove up to the entrance of the track and unloaded.

Most people were stationed along the track to pass buckets down the line.

At the end of the track two people used rakes to level the gravel as the students dumped their buckets on the track.  The group at the end slowly moved up as more of the track was covered.

Fortunately the rain only lasted a few minutes and the sun came out for the rest of the time we were in the field.

It didn’t take long for the cycle to get organized and empty buckets were coming back as quickly as full ones were going down.

The empties were taken down and refilled over and over.

With a lot of hard work, the students managed to cover about half of the track—an amazing accomplishment.  They put all the empty buckets and gear in the ute and took a walk back to the cottage by way of the main walking track to see more of the property.

We ended the day with traditional kiwi mince and cheese pies for lunch while Mahrukh told them about the CUE Haven project and thanked them for their wonderful contribution.

The student accomplished an amazing amount of work.  Have a look at all they did.

A special thank you to Cecilia for her efforts with organising the day.  Our many thanks to Adrienne and Cecilia for their continuing support of CUE Haven. We look forward to seeing you both again with another group of students.

And we especially want to say a BIG THANK YOU to the hard working students for helping us so enthusiastically.  We enjoyed meeting you and working with you.   All your work with the walking track has made the tracks safer to walk on and it will be much appreciated by visitors to CUE Haven.

We hope you continue to enjoy your stay in NZ and best of luck with your future endeavours.  And we do hope you will visit us and CUE Haven on your next visit to NZ.

Many Thanks Again!

 

ANZ North and West Business Banking—10 April 2019

April 12, 2019
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Our successful summer track maintenance work continued thanks to the efforts of a great group of professionals from ANZ’s North and West Auckland Business Banking.

The group arrived bright and early and included Alex, Allan, Anita, Daniel, Joe, Kelly, Linda, Lynn, Maryanne, Pari, Sam, Sharon and Shrenik.  Almost all members of the group had been out to CUE Haven at least once before and it was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

Also joining us for the day was our dear friend Alan who has been helping out regularly.

We spent some time chatting over morning tea and then Mahrukh gave an update on new developments at CUE Haven and our current plans.

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

Several teams have worked to upgrade the taraire track over the summer and this team managed to finish off most of the work.  There were a few challenging sections that we still needed to complete and we asked the team today to tackle them.  We drove up to the work site and started with a short walk so they could see the work to be done and start thinking of solutions.

We broke into two team – one team worked with Alan to install side retaining boards near the top of the track and the other team worked with Thomas to retain a long section of track where there is a steep drop off and to install railings on a small bridge.

The first task was to bring down all the tools and equipment.

Alan’s team worked to join up two sections of previously completed track.  The first phase of the work involved a lot of digging to correct any drainage and leveling issues and to make room for side retaining boards.  They laid out the boards to see the best routing for the track.

The next challenge was to figure out the length of the retaining boards and cut them to size.

As the boards were cut to size, they were installed by nailing and pegging them into place. And ensuring they were level.

The final challenge was joining up the two runs of retaining timber around a sharp curve.

The team made some amazing improvements in the track and should be very proud of their work.

In the meantime, the other team worked near the middle of the track, retaining a section with a steep edge.  They started out by measuring the area and laying out the boards to determine the best way to install them.

They dug out a channel and used long pegs to secure the boards.

The boards were carefully nailed to the pegs to hold everything in place.

They continued down the track, extending the retaining walls.

Working around trees along the edge of the track presented a challenge.

But the team members were creative and adventurous in coming up with solutions.

When they completed the retaining walls, they moved down the track to build some railings on a small bridge.  They planned the work and brought down the timber they would need.

They decided where to install the support posts.

And secured them in place.

They then measured the length for the top rail.

And cut it to size.

They checked to make sure everything was even and level.

And secured the rails in place.  The job required a lot of teamwork and nailing.

They had a small celebration when one side was complete.

And then repeated the process for the other side of the bridge.

The moment of truth came when they checked to make sure the railings were even.

The railings are a great improvement and look really good and the team should be really proud of their efforts.

Thanks to the hard work of this team and many other ANZ teams, we have now almost finished the work on this track.  The last big job is to spread a layer of gravel on the track.  A lot of the track sections are exposed clay which can be very slippery and messy when wet.  To make the track safe for all weather use, we put down a layer of gravel to provide traction.  The only way to get gravel down to the end of the track is to carry it down, one bucket at a time.

We loaded up buckets down near the car park.

The buckets were loaded onto the ute and driven up to the end of the track.

We then unloaded the buckets and carried them down to the far end of the track.

At the end of the track, the buckets were dumped out and the gravel was raked smooth.

Empty buckets were carried back so they could be refilled for the next load.

And another load was brought down.

The result is a fantastic looking walking track.  Future teams will finish off the metaling and the track will be ready for year round use.

We then picked up all the tools and equipment and headed back to the nursery and the team helped organize all the spare wood, clean up the gear and put it away.

It was then time for a relaxing late lunch and socialising.

A BIG thank you to our good friend Alan for taking the time to come out and work with the team.  Alan your skills and ability have greatly added to the quality of the tracks and we look forward to having you back again soon.

A special thank you to Allan for his continuing support and championing CUE Haven at ANZ and bringing his Business Banking team out again.

Also our many thanks to Linda for all her help with organizing and coordinating for the team visit.

And of course a HUGE thank you to all members of the very hardworking team.  We very much enjoyed working with you.  We truly appreciate your hard work and everything you accomplished.  It was a pleasure watching the teamwork and creativity you showed in coming up with solutions to the challenges.  You have made a huge contribution to the CUE Haven walking tracks and your work will be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.

We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did and we look forward to having you back with your family and friends for a more leisurely visit. And back again next year for another fun volunteer day.

And finally another very special thank you to Jean, Rajmita and the team from ANZ Auckland Institutional Banking, Treasury department.  Jean and Rajmita joined us today for lunch to deliver a special gift.

Earlier in February, Jean had brought a team out to CUE Haven for a volunteer day and then submitted a story on their volunteering experience to ANZ’s Paint New Zealand Blue 2019 campaign – which encourages all staff to volunteer in the community.  Jean’s story won a spot prize during the first week of the campaign and Jean’s team very generously decided to donate the prize money to CUE Haven!! Wow! Thank you so much!

As a charitable trust, CUE Haven relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations for financial support for development and maintenance of the community native reserve.  We will use these funds towards the costs of maintaining the tracks that the ANZ teams have helped construct this summer. ANZ professionals have been helping out for the past seven years with various tasks and have contributed greatly to the development of CUE Haven and we really appreciate their friendship and ongoing support.  We very much value our relationship with ANZ and look forward to our developing partnership.

Thank you!! Thank you!!

ANZ North & West Mobile Mortgage Managers—5 April 2019

April 6, 2019
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Today another hard working team from ANZ joined us to continue to improve the walking tracks at CUE Haven.

The enthusiastic team arrived bright and early and included Jalam, James, Jim, Jing, Justeel, Kevin, Rachel, Richard, Roy and Sarah.

Most of the team had been out to CUE Haven in previous years and it was great seeing old friends and welcoming new people.

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 plan for the day was to continue to work installing side boards and retaining walls on a long section of track.  There were a number of unusual challenges with the work today and before we went up, the team had a look at the different kinds of timber available in the shed that they could use for solutions to some of the track issues we would be working on.

We drove up to the work site and went to work.  We broke the group into two teams.  One team worked at one end of the track and the other worked near the middle.

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.

The team in the middle of the track first worked on installing retaining boards along a curved section of track.  The first task was to dig out and level the area.

Once they were happy with the alignment of the track, they installed the side boards, pegging and nailing them in place.  The job required a lot of hammering.

Because of the slope at the edge of the track, they used longer than usual pegs to keep everything secure.

They cut the boards to size where necessary.

As they finished a section, they moved down the track, continuing to install boards on both sides.

In the meantime, the other team was working up from the end of the track.  Their first task was to reinstall some steps which were out of alignment.  They then installed retaining boards along the steps and up the track.

They fastened the boards in place with pegs and nails.

They got so much work done, we had to bring down some additional timber!

As planned, the groups met up and joined together to finish off the last section of track.

The sharp curve required a lot of short boards and that meant a lot of measuring and sawing.

And they worked a little longer than usual to finish off the last bit.

The team accomplished an amazing amount of work in a short time and the track is virtually complete. They devised some good solutions to the challenges they encountered and have made major improvements to the track and should be very proud of their efforts!

A special thank you to Jim for his continuing support and bringing his team out again and many thanks to Linda, the North Shore Business Banking Regional Administrator for making the arrangements for the day.

And 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!

Ahuroa School—4 April 2019

April 6, 2019

Ahuroa School is the closest school to CUE Haven and we were delighted when teacher Kevin Sutherland approached us about bringing the entire school out for a day of learning and exploring at CUE Haven.  The plan was to have the year 5 – 8 students come out first thing in the morning and then for the year 1 – 4 students to come out after lunch.

As we were welcoming our local school for the first time to CUE Haven, we felt it appropriate to welcome them with a powhiri. The powhiri is rich in tradition and protocol—it goes back to the time when groups of strangers would meet and exchanged formal greetings and challenges to explain who they are and that their intentions are peaceful.

We requested our friends and neighbours from Te Aroha Pa marae, whaea Rita and matua Lyall, and also friends kuia Kathy, whaea Janie and wahine Tyla from nearby Puatahi marae to join Thomas and Mahrukh to represent the CUE Haven whanau as tangata whenua and welcome the manuhiri –  teachers and parents  Kathryn, Kevin, Kym and Melody, and twenty-seven students.

The students arrived just after nine and whaea Rita welcomed them with a karanga. 

Once the group were welcomed, whaea Rita invited the mahuhiri for the hariru and hongi. This is a symbol of love and peace because at creation, the breath of life was breathed into the nose.

Whaea Rita then said a welcoming prayer and matua Lyall spoke for the tangata whenua and teacher Kevin for the manuhiri.  These were speeches of introduction so that each group got to know each other.

Between the speeches, the groups sang lovely waiata.

And whaea Rita ended the ceremony with another short prayer and invited the manuhiri to have some snacks.

After the snacks, Mahrukh gave the students a short talk about CUE Haven and the history of the restoration project.

The plan for the day was for the students to do a variety of activities which would help them learn about kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of our people and our planet.

Kaitiakitanga Exercise

For the first activity, the students broke into groups of five or six and each group was assisted by a parent or teacher.  Each group had a bowl full of small stones and an empty bowl.  The students were told that they were to take turns moving the stones from one bowl to the other.

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

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 resources would mean that there could be none left for future generations.

Kuia Kathy gave the students a short talk about kaitiakitanga and reminded the students of the importance of taking care of and protecting our natural resources, and told the groups that we all had a responsibility to be kaitiaki (guardians) of our planet.

The students then spent some time in their groups discussing different ways to conserve our planet’s natural resources. Each group had an adult who facilitated the discussion.

Pest Control

In connection with the kaitiakitanga session, we told the group a little bit about what we are doing at CUE Haven to protect the birds and trees from introduced pests.  Many of the students are already doing pest control at school and at home and we had a discussion about various pests and the best way to control them.

Thomas described and demonstrated some of the tools and traps we use.  He showed them a tracking tunnel and explained how we use it to determine the type and number of pests we have.

He explained how we use Timms traps for possums.

And the students got a demo of how a Doc 200 trap works.

For the remaining activities, we split the students in two groups.  One group went on a nature walk to explore the CUE Haven bush while the other group had a session on native birds and trees and bees.  The students later swapped activities so that all students participated in every activity.

Nature Walk

Thomas took half the group of adults and students for 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.

He explained the difference between wetland and non-wetland plantings and 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 had a chance to see the area where a landslip occurred during a torrential rain storm in 2016.  Thomas explained how the slip had occurred, and the remedial planting we were doing in the area to stabilize the hill slope.

In the bush, the students got to see a weta hotel and learn a little bit about wetas. We walked along the stream and Thomas showed the students where we had found Banded Kokopu and koura living.

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 one 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.

We then continued on the walk and this time, the students were asked to take note of the different colours, other than brown and green, they observed in the bush.

At the end of the track, the students got a chance to describe the things they had seen.  Thomas also pointed out the Araparera River and Kaipara Harbour so the students could see the connection between the CUE Haven waterways and the harbour and better appreciate how improving water quality at CUE Haven was helping the harbour.

Bees and Native Birds

While one group was out walking, the other joined Mahrukh in the nursery for a discussion of bees and native birds.

The students are learning about the importance of bees to the environment and because we have beehives at CUE Haven, Kevin had requested we talk a bit about bee keeping.

Mahrukh gave the students a talk about bees, describing their social organization, the importance of pollination and the risks that human activity creates for bee populations and the different aspects of bee keeping.

We’d like to thank beekeeper, Richard from Waitoki Apiaries, who brought over empty bee hives and combs, some bees wax and the honey extractor, where the combs are spun to remove the honey, so we were able to show these to the students.

Mahrukh also gave the students a short talk about native birds and their calls.

When everyone had done all of the activities, it was time to head back to school for lunch.

Each student was given a picture of a little bee to take home with them as a momento of their first visit to CUE Haven. We hope it will be a reminder that human activities are causing bees to become endangered and so we need to BE mindful of our activities and strive to BE kaitiaki of our planet.

The year 1 – 4 students arrived shortly before the year 5 – 8 students left at 1 pm.   The group of 33 students was accompanied by teachers and parents Aleesha, Ayla, Becky, Linden, Lisa, Nicky and Reneé.

We welcomed the students and Mahrukh gave them a short talk about CUE Haven.

This group of young students were scheduled to stay at CUE Haven for just an hour and we had limited time for activities.

Mahrukh talked about bees and demonstrated the beekeeping equipment.

The students got to see and touch honeycombs and beeswax.

Thomas gave a short presentation on pest control and demonstrated how the traps work.

We then took the group for a short walk in the wetlands so the students could see some of the property and learn a little bit about wetland plants.  In addition to fantails and tui, they also saw a lot of the native brown skinks.

After the walk it was time to say goodbye so the students could get back to school.

It was a great day of learning and exploring and we want to thank Kevin for organizing the day.

Our heartfelt thanks to kuia Kathy, matua Lyall and whaea Rita and Janie and whahine Tyla for taking time today and joining us for a very special welcome ceremony. And to kuia Kathy for her inspiring words to all of us to take charge and become kaitiaki of our people and planet.

Our thanks to all of the teachers and parents who came along to help out and make the day so special.

And a huge thank you to the students for participating in all the activities!  We really enjoyed meeting you and hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.  We hope you will come back to CUE Haven for more educational visits and also with your families to explore more of the property and see how the forest is growing.

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

 

 

ANZ North Shore Business Banking and Guardian Trust—2 April 2019

April 3, 2019

ANZ is New Zealand’s largest bank and provide their employees with a day annually to volunteer at a community service organization of their choice.  For several years many ANZ professionals have been spending their volunteer day helping out at CUE Haven

Guardian Trust is the corporate trust branch of Perpetual Guardian, one of New Zealand’s largest and oldest providers of estate planning and trust services. Perpetual Guardian recently instituted a novel programme in which staff work four day weeks and one day every quarter volunteer at a community project.

Today nine staff from the ANZ North Shore Business Banking group were joined by two staff from Guardian Trust to continue to improve the walking tracks at CUE Haven.  Most of the ANZ team had been out to CUE Haven before and it was great seeing old friends and welcoming new people.

The group arrived first thing in the morning and included Ashleigh, Elaine, Joanna, Keith, Kim, Nina,  Ray, Vicki and Zhenzhen from ANZ.   And Cale and Josh from Guardian Trust.

It had rained overnight and the forecast was for possible showers during the day, but the sun was shining by the time everyone arrived and the occasional showers didn’t bother us at all.

We spent some time catching up over morning tea and then Mahrukh gave an update on CUE Haven activities and future plans.  Thomas then gave a safety briefing and outlined the work planned for the day.

The plan for the day was to continue to work installing side boards and retaining walls on a long section of track.   We drove up to the track site and first went for a short walk along the track where Thomas pointed out the issues that needed work.

We broke the group into two teams.  One team worked at one end of the track and the other team worked a few metres away near the middle of the track.

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.

We then went to work.  The team working at the end of the track took on the challenge of repositioning some old steps.  The first task was to dig out the old steps.

They then had a look at the slope of the track and determined the best way to reposition the steps.

They dug the new steps and also widened the track before installing side retaining boards.

They then reinstalled the step.

And continued on, widening the track and installing side boards.

They worked so fast, they needed to bring down some additional timber!

And installed it along the sides of the track.

Some of the boards needed to be cut to size.

The side boards were secured with pegs and nailed in place.

The team made some major improvements in the track in just a few hours.

In the meantime, the other team worked in the middle of the track on a different set of challenges.  This section of the track is fairly level, but because of that, the exact layout of the track isn’t always clear and we want to make the path well defined to protect the surrounding vegetation. The solution is to install low sideboards to clearly mark the track and to hold in the gravel we will put down when the track is finished.

The team first needed to figure out the best routing for the track and then dig out channels where the side boards would sit.

The side boards were installed with pegs and nails.

Getting everything straight and lined up required a lot of teamwork.

Some of the boards needed to be cut to size.

The team carried on down the track, digging and installing additional boards.

And like the other team, they made so much progress we needed to bring down additional timber.

And after just a few hours, they finished off the section of track we’ve been working on all summer!

The teams finished up at about the same time and brought up all the gear and loaded it in the ute.  Once we were finished in the field, we took a leisurely walk back to the cottage.  They also unloaded the gear and put it away in the storeroom.

We enjoyed seeing the collegiality and teamwork. Everyone worked really hard and showed a lot of creativity and energy in coming up with solutions and in just a few hours they greatly improved the appearance and quality of the track.

Many thanks to Linda, the North Shore Business Banking Regional Administrator for making the arrangements for the day and continuing to champion CUE Haven at ANZ.

And thank you Josh for organizing Guardian Trust’s visit today.  We hope to see you and your colleagues again!

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!!

 

ANZ North Shore Retail and Business Banking—14 March 2019

March 15, 2019
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Today another hard working team from ANZ joined us to continue to improve the walking tracks at CUE Haven.  This group was made up of executives from the North Shore Retail and Business Banking departments.

The enthusiastic group arrived bright and early and included Ada, Ben K., Ben Z., Dennis, Ella, Guixia, Jacinta, Jennifer, Kylie, Patrick, Rick, Tina and Tony.  Most 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 plan for the day was to continue to work installing side boards and retaining walls on a long section of track.  We broke the group into two teams.  One group worked with Alan on one end of the track and the other team worked with Thomas near the other end.

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.

Alan’s team went to the far end of the track to continue to extend a retaining wall along a steeply benched section of track.  The first task was to install an extra board on an existing wall.

They quickly moved into new territory and had to study the ground and determine the best solution to widen and retain the track.

They went to work, digging out and widening the track.

Once the area was prepared, the team began installing the retaining boards.

Some of the boards had to be cut to size.

And were secured in place with pegs and nails.

As the team moved down the track, the found an area where water had flowed across the track during heavy rain.  They felt that it was only going to get worse and the best solution would be a drain pipe under the track to carry the water.  We brought up a pipe and in no time, they dug a channel across the track and a culvert pit and buried the pipe.

The team accomplished a huge amount of work and made major improvements to the track and should be very proud of their efforts.

In the meantime, Thomas’s team worked at the other end of the track on a different set of challenges.  This section of the track is fairly level, but because of that, the exact layout of the track isn’t always clear and we want to make the path well defined to protect the surrounding vegetation. The solution is to install low sideboards to clearly mark the track and to hold in the gravel we will put down when the track is finished.

The team first needed to outline where the boards would be installed.

Once the layout was determined, the next task was to dig channels for the side boards to sit in.

The team brought down the boards and aligned them along the route.

The sideboards were secured by nailing them to pegs hammered into the ground.

On curved sections of track the boards had to be cut to size.

Getting the boards perfectly aligned while they were being installed took a lot of teamwork.

As the team moved down the track and extended the walls, they needed to keep measuring to make sure everything was straight and even.

The team continued to move down the track, measuring, digging and installing side boards.

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

The teams finished up at about the same time and brought up all the gear and loaded it in the ute.  Once we were finished in the field, we took a leisurely walk back to the cottage so the group could see more of the property and we then had a relaxing lunch.

We enjoyed seeing the collegiality and teamwork amongst the group and we really enjoyed working with them.  They worked, hard and showed a lot of creativity and energy in coming up with solutions and in just a few hours they greatly improved the appearance and quality of the track. Have a look at all they accomplished.

Many thanks to Linda, the North Shore Business Banking Regional Administrator for making the arrangements for the day and continuing to champion CUE Haven at ANZ.

And we want to thank 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!!