The What

Off to a flying start!


In November 2016 the Matuku Reserve Trust was able to buy 37 hectares of bush and wetland, naming it “Matuku Link”, after an intensive fundraising campaign. Buying it ensures the safety of the wildlife and forms a vital connection by linking neighbouring eco-restoration projects Ark in the ParkHabitat te Henga and the Forest & Bird reserve Matuku.

And now we’ve got the chance to raise $100,000 from The Trust, BUT only when you vote for us, every day! Each vote from an unique email address is worth $5 per day, voting opened March 1st and closed April 30th. This is your chance to help us get to our goal without it costing you any money! Vote now at More about it in our blog. 

Matuku Link is a large native forest block in Auckland’s Bethell’s valley, bordering the Te Henga wetland. It is a home to rare wetland species such as bittern, crakes, pateke as well as to native bats along the river and the raupo. The kauri and the kahikatea are a home to kokako and many other bush birds.Over 90% of New Zealand’s wetlands have been drained or filled yet on Auckland’s doorstep is the te Henga wetland, largest in the region.

The next phase is to start predator control, enhance biodiversity by plugging the drains and prepare the ground for planting this winter.

The other opportunities are to convert some of the existing buildings to a field base for students, a wetland display/education centre and create a safer and easier access to Matuku Reserve.

To succeed we like you to join us: as a volunteer (planting, building, planning, PR, education) or as a donor: Kiwibank account 3890 18003 9553 01.

Matuku Reserve Trust is a charitable trust so any donation over $5 is tax deductible. If you’ve donated through Givealittle, you should receive your receipt before the end of March 2017. If not, contact us!

Have a look at the property from above with this beautiful video.