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Te Reo Classes at CUE Haven

November 15, 2019

We were delighted when late last year Rewana Waaka, a member of the CUE Haven Trusts Advisory Board, proposed the idea of using the CUE Haven cottage for Te Reo (Maori language) classes for preschool children and their mothers in the local community.

Rewana organized the program and starting in February 2019, teaching staff employed by Te Hiri Mātangā Hāpai, have been conducting Puna Reo Ora classes for about 15 young students and their mothers at the CUE Haven cottage.  Funding for the classes was generously provided by Te Matawai Roopu o Te Tai Tokerau

The classes have been held every Monday from 9 am to 2.30 pm during the school year.

The cycling lady bug on the gate welcomes students and their moms to the class.

Teacher whaea Rita Walker and staff matua Lyall, arrive by 8.30 am to get the space in the cottage ready for the students arriving at 9 am.

The classes involve Rita teaching vocabulary and grammar and reinforcement with artwork and games.

All ages were welcome at the sessions!

Music is also an important part of learning and when whaea Rewana stopped in occasionally she would lead the group in a sing along.

Here is a video of the children learning the Te reo version of the hands knees toes song:

The moms were advised to bring nutritious lunches and whaea Rita took time to explain the importance of healthy fruits and vegetables and also teach everyone the Maori names for foods!

And to encourage the children to eat more fruit and vegetables, whaea Rita got the group to grow veges. Daltons generously donated potting mix and the students and their moms had a fun time potting up strawberry and other vege seedlings in pots to take home and nurture.  Thanks Daltons!

The students even decorated their pots!

It was not all work and the children also got some play time!

The students also regularly took time to enjoy bush walks with matua Lyall to learn about the native plants and animals.

Some intrepid ladies even ventured all the way to the top of CUE Haven to see maunga Taranaki and Whanga o Kaipara.

During the sessions there were also a number of visitors.  Whaea Rita invited the wellness nurses from Te Ha Oranga, to talk to the mothers and students about good health and nutrition.

Also kuia Kathy and whaea Janie from nearby Puatahi marae were regular visitors.

Also visiting were representatives of HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) South Kaipara.  The program is designed to help parents and children transition to school and to learn together.

They also celebrated holidays that fell during the study term with a special Easter session.

And the big event of the year was the session this week when the students received their certificates of achievement and had a big pre Christmas celebration.

Ka Pai!

And there were gifts for everyone.

And also a special lunch.

We are very happy to be hosting the Te Puna Ora classes at CUE Haven.  Our vision has always been that CUE Haven will be a place for the community to come together for a holistic education and also enjoyment and the classes whaea Rita and matua Lyall conduct are a perfect fit.  The students and the accompanying moms and older siblings have all greatly benefited from these classes.

We want to thank matua Lyall, whaea Rewana and whaea Rita for all their hard work organising and conducting these very successful sessions all year long and we look forward to the sessions continuing in 2020.

Kaukapakapa School—14 November 2019

November 14, 2019

Today we were very happy to welcome Year 6 students from Kaukapakapa School.  The school is only 12 km from CUE Haven and is the closest school to CUE Haven.

The plan for the day was to learn about water quality testing with the help of two Waicare specialists from Auckland Council.

The group arrived shortly after nine and included teachers Danielle and Tracey and parents Lisa and Regan with 23 students.

Also joining us were Sonia Parra and Bianca Lilley from Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters division.

Mahrukh gave the students a welcome and introduction to CUE Haven.  She explained the history of the restoration work and the importance of riparian planting to improve water quality in the CUE Haven stream which flows into the Kaipara Harbour.

While Mahrukh briefed the students, Sonia and Bianca collected water samples from the CUE Haven stream.

The students broke into two groups.  One group worked with Sonia doing various water quality tests using chemicals and the other group worked with Bianca studying the water samples for clarity and also to identify macroinvertebrates living in the water.  Halfway through, the groups switched so that all of the students could do all of the activities.

Sonia started her sessions with a short talk about water quality issues and explained the tests the students would be doing.  She explained that the students would be doing three experiments—testing water quality for oxygen, pH and phosphates and nitrates.

The students had also brought a sample of water from the stream by their school so that they could compare the results.

The first test the students conducted was measuring the pH of the water.  This involved using test strips and interpreting the colours on the strips after they were dipped in a sample of water.  Sonia demonstrated how the test was performed and then the students took their own readings.

The next experiment was to test for dissolved oxygen in the water.  Sonia explained that high levels of oxygen mean that the water can support lots of life.   She then demonstrated how the test is performed and the students interpreted the results.

The next test was for nitrates and phosphates in the water.  Unlike oxygen, we don’t want to see a high reading of either nitrates or phosphates as high levels can affect the freshwater aquatic environment.  The test involves comparing two samples, the test and the control so the students had a chance to learn about that experimental technique.

We were very happy with the results of today’s testing of the water in the CUE Haven stream.  The oxygen level was very high and there were no significant levels of nitrates or phosphates.

Bianca’s groups learned about water clarity and macroinvertebrates—the tiny creatures that live in fresh water ponds and streams.  Bianca explained how water quality affected aquatic creatures and how to test water clarity to assess silt levels and also how to identify macroinvertebrates.  The amount and diversity of animal life is an indicator of the health of the waterway.

Water clarity testing involved looking through a tube filled with water and measuring the distance light can penetrate to see how much silt and other material is suspended in the water.  Many aquatic creatures cannot thrive in cloudy water.

Bianca explained and demonstrated how the test works.

The students teamed up to conduct several tests and the results of the individual tests were averaged together.  The clarity was lower than usual today but that was possibly because it had been raining heavily up until the time the sample was collected this morning and there was a lot of water coming down the catchment.

The last test involved collecting a sample of water and leaf litter from the bottom of the stream to identify the macroinvertebrates.  Bianca showed the students a chart which would help them with the identification process.

The students found a variety of macroinvertebrates including damselfly nymphs, stonefly, rounded snail and water boatmen.  We were happy to see that some of the creatures the students found are sensitive to water quality and are not found in polluted streams.

Bianca then gave the students a short quiz to see how much they learned about healthy waterways.

Once all of the students had completed all of the Waicare work, Thomas took them for a short walk in the bush and wetlands so the students could see a bit of the restored property.

Before the students left, Mahrukh explained the marshmallow experiment and explained the importance of patience and deferring gratification.  She gave each student a Fruit Burst lolly and encouraged them to see if they could hold on to it and not eat it until they got back to school. Hopefully the students all passed the lolly test!!

We want to thank Auckland Council for enabling Sonia and Bianca to visit today.

Sonia and Bianca thank you very much for a very educational and informative waicare session and sharing your knowledge with the students.  We hope to see you again soon at CUE Haven educating another group of students.

We want to thank Danielle, Lisa, Regan and Tracy for joining us today and helping out. And a special thank you Danielle for organizing the visit and championing CUE Haven at Kaukapakapa School.

And most of all we want to thank the great group of students and budding scientists.  We enjoyed meeting you and we were very impressed with your curiosity and enthusiasm to learn. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.  We hope that what you learned today will encourage you to pursue science studies and also make you better kaitiaki of our environment.  We look forward to having you all back for more educational visits at CUE Haven.

 

Spark, Vodafone and Friends—8 November 2019

November 9, 2019

At CUE Haven the focus is on Cultivating Understanding and Enlightenment and bringing diverse people together to share ideas and learn.  Today we had an interesting variation of that as we hosted teams from Spark and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two largest digital services companies and their friends for a day of track work.  Although the companies are competitors, today was all about cooperation as everyone worked together on a variety of track maintenance tasks.

The group arrived early and included Anna, Charlotte, Dawson, Emily, Haider, Joe, Luke, Maria, Martin, Mike, Milina, Neil, Paul, Peter H., Peter W., Philip, Pieter, Pramoth, Prathim, Raluca, Reece, Rochelle,  Safinat, Shveta and Steve.

Also joining us was our good friend and regular volunteer Alan.

We spent some time catching up and getting acquainted over morning tea.  Mahrukh gave a welcome and introduction and updated the group on the latest developments at CUE Haven.

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

This was one of the largest track work groups we have ever had at CUE Haven and to manage the work we broke into five teams.  Each team tackled a different project but people also moved around between teams.

Trimming & Weeding

This time of year, everything is growing at CUE Haven, including weeds.  Because of the size of the group, Thomas had to bring the teams to the work site in two separate trips.  While waiting for the second team, the first team burned off some energy by tackling a big patch of weeds in an area we are clearing for a seating area.

In just a few minutes they cleared the weeds and the team went on to work on the walking track.

A separate team tackled more trimming and weeding work.  Because a lot of vegetation has grown over the tracks, in order to get them ready for summer, one of our ongoing tasks is keeping the tracks clear.  This team started out on the boardwalk and starting trimming away overhanging vegetation.

Once they finished trimming along the boardwalk, part of the team joined the track teams while the others moved up to the top of the property and worked down the main walking track. Thanks to all their efforts, the walking tracks are more comfortable to navigate.

Track Work

Thomas had already taken up most of the gear we would need and the first task for the track teams was to carry it down to the work sites.

Once all the equipment was on site we broke into smaller teams and went to work tackling a number of track maintenance challenges.

Stream Track

A section of the walking track runs along the CUE Haven stream and over the years there has been some erosion.  We have begun to improve the track by widening it and installing a handrail.  One team tackled the project of further widening the track and finishing off the railing section.

They first did some digging to widen the track.

They studied the area where the railing would be installed and first had to clear out a lot of old dead vegetation to see where best to put the railing posts.

They also noticed that part of the problem was that fallen branches and logs had blocked a section of the stream which was causing part of the erosion problem.  So they went to work clearing the stream.

It was a messy job but they were rewarded by seeing several fish in the stream.

The next task was to cut out the bank to create a level area for the post holes.

We used old fence posts for the railing posts and a couple of members of the team went down to “shop” for some good poles.

We drove the poles up to the start of the track and then carried them down to the site.

Holes were dug for the posts and the team cemented them into the ground.

Once the posts were positioned, we determined how much timber was needed for the railings and brought it down.

The final step was installing the rails.

It took a lot of teamwork to keep everything straight and level.

And thanks to the team efforts the end result is an amazing improvement to this 15 metre section of track.

Future teams will level off the track and install a layer of gravel.

Bench

In addition to the historic pa site at the top of the CUE Haven, there is also evidence of another historic Maori settlement site in the middle of the property by the rock pools in the stream.  We want to create a space here where visitors can spend time relaxing and also reflecting on the history of the property.  Some time ago we had installed an inspirational sign and a small bench in this an area and the task allocated to this team today was to expand the area and install another bench.

First the team had to relocate some small self-seeded nikau seedlings and they then proceeded to widen and level the track.

Once the area was cleared and levelled, they installed side boards to define the space and to prevent erosion.

We brought up the bench and figured out the best place to install it.

The first task was digging holes for the legs which would be cemented in place.

The bench was then placed in position, levelled and cemented in place.

Thanks to the team’s efforts this seven metre area is developing into a beautiful space for relaxation and reflection.

Steps

The walking track transitions from restored native vegetation to the stream gully where there is more established bush.  The transition section of track of about two metres, has always been quite steep and the task was to install some steps to make it easier for visitors.

The team took some time to plan the work to ensure that the steps were even and also avoided the tree roots in the area.

They then dug out the steps.

Once they had determined the layout of the steps they cut and installed the risers which were secured with pegs.

It took a lot of effort to keep the steps straight and level and even.

Thanks to the team’s work the end result is a great improvement in this section of the track.

Track Bordering

This walking track starts at one of the maintenance roads and was the first track developed in 2012.  Over the years as the trees have grown up it’s gotten harder to see the track. The task for this team was to reorient the track through the bush and install side boards to clearly define the track edges to make it easier for visitors to stay on the track.  The first task was to measure and dig out channels for the boards.

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

It was a challenge ensuring all the boards lined up and the team took extra care to get everything straight.

The team managed to finish installing the borders for 30 metres – the entire section of track from the road to the new steps.

Metalling

The teams wanted to finalize the sections of track they worked on and the last step is putting down a layer of gravel to make the track easy to use in all kinds of weather.

A group went down to the metal pile in the car park and loaded up buckets.

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

The buckets were then unloaded and carried to the end of the track.

The buckets were dumped on the track and the gravel raked in.

All the teams accomplished an amazing amount of work and the track is looking better than ever.

The hard-working teams insisted on working all day, so we broke for a relaxing lunch after mid-day. Lunch was extra special today with the addition of the delicious home cooked butter chicken provided by Prathim and the naan bread provided by Safinat. Yumm!

Everyone went back to work after lunch and enthusiastically worked on till well past 5 pm!!

And Thomas was kept very busy making sure the teams had the timber and other supplies they needed and also taking pictures.  Sorry if he missed anyone!

This was a fantastic day of outdoor work and socializing and we want to thank everyone who participated.

A big thank you to Paul for organizing the visit today and for continuing to champion CUE Haven at Spark.

Many thanks also to Steve for engaging his Vodafone colleagues and having them join us today.  We hope this is the beginning of a new tradition and look forward to hosting more inter-company volunteer teams working together.

And thank you also to Spark alumni, Anna and Neil, and our regular volunteer, Alan, for taking the time to join us today.

And a special thank you to Prathim and Safinat for helping to make lunch extra special.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone for their effort and hard work today. It was great seeing old friends again and for team members who hadn’t been to CUE Haven before, we really enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you.

We so appreciate your interest and enthusiasm.  It was great to see everyone working together to develop creative solutions to the track issues–everyone had great ideas and showed a lot of dedication to the work and the results are amazing.  The improvements will enable visitors to explore and enjoy the growing native forest safely and comfortably.

Your contribution and ongoing support is most valued.  We hope to see all of you back at CUE Haven both for another fun and productive day next year and also for a relaxing visit with your friends and families to explore CUE Haven this summer and to check out the new viewing platform at your native forest reserve.

Thank you!! Thank You!!

Orewa College—5 November 2019

November 5, 2019

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

For the last six years, international students from Orewa College have come to CUE Haven to help out and also learn a little about New Zealand plants and animals.

Today’s group included students from Argentina, Cambodia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan and Switzerland.  It was the first time we’ve had volunteers from Cambodia, Denmark and Finland.

Joining us were students Alicia, Anna, Chiharu, Eugenia, Hannah, Kazuki, Kira, Lukas, Moritz, Pauline, Simon, Sokomony, Stacie and Yuki.  They were accompanied by teachers Cecilia Tyne and International Students Director, Adrienne Croad.

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

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

We had a warm, wet winter and an unusually wet spring which means that everything is growing—good stuff and weeds!  So the task for the day was for the students to trim back vegetation that was growing over the main road to enable clear passage for traffic over the summer months.

Before we got started, Thomas gave a brief explanation and demo for the trimming work.

We then broke the group into two teams.  Adrienne led one team and started at the gate, trimming the flaxes that were growing out over the road.

In the meantime, Thomas drove the second group up to the top of the property and they worked their way down the road.

The two groups met near the middle and turned down one of the walking tracks to continue the trimming work.

In just a couple of hours the hard working group managed to prune the entire main race as well as a long section of walking track.

When the trimming was finished, it was back to the cottage for a relaxing lunch.

We were very happy that four of the students, Chiharu, Eugenia, Kazuki and Yuki, who had been out to CUE Haven with Orewa College earlier in April, came back to volunteer again today. Thanks!! It was great seeing you again and having you back.

Our thanks to Adrienne and Cecilia for organizing the visit and continuing to champion CUE Haven at Orewa College.  And also a big thank you for all your help and hard work today.  It was great seeing you both again and we really appreciate continued support.

And a special thanks to all the students for all their hard work today.  We appreciate your efforts and hope you enjoyed the day.  We enjoyed working with you—you all made a great contribution to our efforts and helped us get CUE Haven ready for the summer season when we will have a lot of visitors who will walk along the tracks you helped clean up and beautify—Thanks!

We hope you have a great stay in New Zealand and wish you much happiness and success in your studies and all your endeavours.   And we hope that someday you will come back to New Zealand and visit CUE Haven too!!

Thank You!!

ANZ—1 November 2019

November 2, 2019
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Every year since 2013, professionals from ANZ Auckland office Agri and Commercial Business have come out to CUE Haven to help with planting and maintenance work.

Today’s group included old friends as well as some new faces and joining us were Chin Aun, Fiona, Gordon, Jason, Jay, Logan, Luke, Phil G., Phil W., Rama, Rory, Sam and Sean. Also helping out for the day was our good friend and regular volunteer, Alan.

We spent some time chatting 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 work on improvements to the oldest walking track on the property that we first built in 2012.   We wanted to widen and level the track and install some side boards to improve the appearance.

Because of the size of the group, we drove up in two different groups.  The first group went to work trimming vegetation that had grown over the track so that we would have more room to work.

Once we were all on site, we broke the group into three teams and each team tackled a different section of track, but over the course of the day, because we were working close together, people moved between teams to help out.

First we brought down all the gear.

We then went to work.  One team worked on improving a long section of track that had become hard to find!

The plan was to reorient the track through the bush and install side boards to clearly define the track edges to make it easier for visitors to stay on the track.  The first task was to measure and dig out channels for the boards.

The job required a lot of digging.

Once the channels were dug, the side boards were installed and pegged and nailed into place.

It was a lot of work, but the improvement in the track is amazing!

The second team worked on another section of track that runs along the edge of a gully.  We wanted to widen the track and install more retaining boards to improve the appearance the track and make it easier to maintain.

The first step was widening the track and that took a lot of digging.

As the track was widened, we also needed to ensure that the surface stayed level.

Once the digging out was finished, the team could install the side boards.  The boards were cut to size.

And then pegged and nailed into place.

The result is a huge improvement in the track.

The third team worked on clearing up a section of track between a bridge and some steps.  The track runs alongside the stream and we wanted to install a side board to make the edge of the track clear and to prevent erosion into the stream.

The first task was to rake and level the track.  They then determined the exact route the track should take and where to place the side board.

They then dug out a channel for the side boards.

They installed a post along the edge of the bridge railing to improve the appearance of the railing and also better define the line of the track.

Once the post was in place, they could position the side boards.

And peg and nail them in place.

The end result is a great improvement.  Future teams will finish off the other side of the track and lay down some gravel.

In just a few hours the team gave the track an amazing makeover that will make the track more enjoyable for visitors for years to come.  Thank you for all your hard work!

The teams then packed up all the gear and took a leisurely walk back to the cottage for a relaxing and well deserved lunch.

A big thank you to our dear friend Alan for once again helping out today.  Alan – we really appreciate your time, expertise, hard work and your continued support.

Many thanks too to Logan for organizing the day.  And a special thank you to Phil W who has been out to CUE Haven annually since ANZ started volunteering with us in 2013. Phil, it’s been great getting to know you and we really appreciate your many contributions to CUE Haven.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone in the hard working group for all their hard work and efforts today. You have all made a major contribution to the CUE Haven project 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 the property with your family and friends. And back again next year for another productive volunteer day!

Thanks again!

Farming and Nature Conservation Project—30 October 2019

October 31, 2019

The Farming and Nature Conservation (FNC) Project https://www.farmingnatureconservation.org/ is a collaboration of biological and social scientists from the University of Canterbury, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and AgResearch.  They have come together to work with farmers, iwi, communities and government to study how biodiversity issues associated with beef and sheep farming can be managed in agroecosystems in the future, in a way that will benefit both farming and native biodiversity.

Considering the importance of agriculture to the New Zealand economy, the work has significant social and economic implications and over the past two years the FNC team has been conducting studies on three farm sites across NZ.

Today we were delighted to host the FNC team at CUE Haven as they presented the preliminary findings of their research on the Kaipara farms to the farmers and community members.

The FNC team included  Stacey Bryan, FNC project manager and science communicator;  Project co-lead Professor David Norton, University of Canterbury;  Project co-lead Associate Professor Hanna Buckley, AUT;  Dr Brad Case,  Senior Lecturer, Geospatial Science, AUT;  Graham Hinchcliffe, Senior Research officer, AUT;  Dr Valance Smith, Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor, AUT; Febyana Suryaningrum, PhD student, AUT.

Guests included farmers Nicky, Alan and Jonelle; Jane Straka, CUE Haven trustee and consulting ecologist, Gill and Kevin Adshead of The Forest Bridge Trust, Thomas and Mahrukh Stazyk, CUE Haven,  Sarah Nolan of Auckland Council and Kerry Webster, John Ballinger, David McDermott and Pip Beauchamp of the Northland Regional Council.

The program for the day consisted of a series of presentations about the research on the study farms with the guests engaging the FNC team with questions relating to the topics covered.

Stacey Bryan started the off the presentation with an introduction to the FNC project and talked about the National Science Challenge and how the Farming and Nature Conservation Project fits into the Challenges.

Dr Brad Case talked about some of the science of biodiversity and issues such as carbon sequestration and plant and animal life.

Professor David Norton presented information about biodiversity on farms and how that related to farm operations and economics.

Dr Valence Smith discussed the Maori perspectives on agriculture and biodiversity.

And Jane Straka gave a brief presentation on the biodiversity restoration work being done on some of the farms in the Kaipara area.

We ended the day with a walk through the restored CUE Haven bush.

It was a fantastic day of learning and exchanging ideas and we were very happy to host the FNC group and learn more about their work.  We want to thank Stacey for arranging for the day, and all of the presenters who shared their knowledge and ideas.  We look forward to having you back for another interesting session and to explore more of CUE Haven.

Pie Funds–4 October 2019

October 5, 2019

We started our 2019 track maintenance season on a high note as a small but enthusiastic team of investment managers from Pie Funds spent a day at CUE Haven upgrading an old track section.  Pie Funds is a boutique investment management fund with a strong focus on performance and client service based on Auckland’s North Shore.

The Pie Funds team comprised Mark, Rob, Sam and Simon. Also joining us today was our friend and regular volunteer Alan.

The group arrived first thing in the morning and after a welcome and morning tea, Mahrukh gave an orientation to CUE Haven.

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

The plan for the day was to upgrade an old section of track which runs by the stream. The original track and some steps were quite narrow and the plan was to widen the steps and track and retain a section along the stream.

We drove up as close to the work site as possible and then walked to the site.  The first task was to carry all the gear down to the site.

We broke into two teams.  Sam and Simon worked with Alan on the steps and Mark and Rob worked on widening and retaining the track.

The first challenge was to take out the old steps.

This involved digging around them to loosen them and then levering them out.

Once the steps were out, the new stair layout could be determined.  The new steps are wider than the old ones so the team needed to dig out some additional space on each side.

They then installed the new steps and put in side retaining walls.

They double checked to ensure that everything was even and level.

The new steps quickly took shape.

The final task was to attach the side board and fill in the gaps with soil to level the steps.

While the steps were progressing, Mark and Rob worked on widening the track leading up to the steps that Alan, Sam and Simon had been working on.

This involved cutting back the bank.

It was  challenging work but everyone kept smiling as they cut back the wall of clay.

They then moved on to the next task. The edge of the track along the stream had eroded a bit and they installed a side retaining board to improve the track appearance and safety.

The board was pegged and nailed in place to keep it secure.

The retaining boards needed go around a corner of the track to join up with another set of steps and the team had to figure out the best way to install the boards.

The team came up with a great looking corner that will also prevent further erosion.

The last step was to fill in the area to level the track and support the retaining boards.

The team’s efforts today have greatly improved the track and they should all be very proud of their efforts.

When we were finished, we gathered up all the gear and loaded it in the ute before heading back to the cottage for a late lunch.

In just a few hours, the team managed to make major improvements to the track.  Future teams this spring and summer will pick up from where we left off to continue upgrading this track.

A big thank you to our dear friend Alan for once again helping out today.  Alan – we really appreciate your time, expertise, hard work and your continued support.

Many thanks too to Rob for organizing the day and championing CUE Haven at Pie Funds.

And a special BIG THANK YOU to Alan, Mark, Rob, Sam and Simon for all their hard work and efforts today. You have all made a major contribution to the CUE Haven project 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 the property with your family and friends. And back again next year for another productive volunteer day!

THANK YOU!!