CUE Haven Kaipara Harbour Viewing Platform

$22,150 donated
Given by 99 generous donors in one year

Help us build a viewing platform at CUE Haven so visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Kaipara Harbour and the growing native forest.


CUE Haven is a former dairy farm that has been restored to a native New Zealand forest by the community and for the community. CUE Haven is owned by the CUE Haven Community Trust (a NZ registered charity). Since 2008 over 4,500 volunteers have planted in excess of 170,000 trees and built 4km of walking tracks.

We are fund raising to build a viewing platform at the top of the property so visitors can enjoy expansive views of the Kaipara Harbour and the regenerating native forest.

The viewing platform incorporates Maori design elements to reflect the cultural history and the historic pa site at CUE Haven.

The architectural design for the viewing platform was done by Gemma Campbell for her Masters in Architecture degree thesis at Unitec. Ascension Surveyors, Beca, Surround Landscape, Unitec and Wharehine have very generously contributed their time and services pro bono.

We now have the building consent and a grant from Foundation North to get started. We still need funds to pay for the materials and for the construction work and need funding support from the community.

This will be the only public viewing platform in the South Kaipara area and any contribution small or big is most appreciated. Donations to CUE Haven are tax deductible. Be part of this community project and leave a wonderful legacy to current and future generations.

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CUE Haven--Community Native Forest Reserve

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Funds will be used to pay for building materials and construction costs.

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Thank You!!  25 March 2021

In spite of a lockdown or two this summer, we’ve had a busy time at CUE Haven since the viewing platform - Te Rite o Taranaki - opened.

We have had several community open days to give visitors a chance to explore CUE Haven and check out Te Rite o Taranaki. We have three more community open days scheduled before we resume our winter planting in May.

The attendance at the open days has been great and the feedback on the platform has been amazing. We want to once again thank everyone for your help and support in making this platform a reality. It was great seeing many of you at the open days. And we very much look forward to welcoming all of our overseas supporters once the current overseas travel restrictions are lifted.

This donation page is now closed, but we still need your support and if you can continue to help it will be most appreciated. We have set up another Givealittle page.

We are fund raising for an Endowment fund to pay for the long term maintenance costs of CUE Haven. Income from the fund will ensure that visitors always have a well maintained native forest that they can visit freely without having to worry about entrance fees.

Please see You can make a one off contribution or set up regular monthly direct deposit or deductions through your payroll - no amount is too small. Every $ will add to building up the fund. Your contribution will be a lasting legacy to our environment and to future generations. - a forest reserve developed by the community for the community.

Please share the new page with your family & friends too. Many corporations match their employee contributions to charities. Please check with your company's HR department to see if they have a Matching Gift program.

Thank you very much.

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Roseanne on 28 Nov 2020
I had never heard of you before, so just read up on you. What a wonderful project! I live in Makarau, so will come and visit you on one of your open days. Thanks so much for your hard work.
CUE Haven Community Trust

Thank you so much for your gift. We very much appreciate it and look forward to meeting you and your family on one of the Open Days..

CUE Haven Community Trust
Shireen on 09 Oct 2020
For an amazing a place for all of us to enjoy and finding serenity.
Don on 08 Oct 2020
Keep up the wonderful work, Tom and Mahrukh!
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Ralph on 07 Sep 2020

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