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Matuku Link

Closing the gap – Linking untouched kauri forest, a river valley, wetlands and the sea.


Image credit: Imogen Warren Photography.

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 ensured the safety of the wildlife and forms a vital connection by linking neighbouring eco-restoration projects Ark in the Park; Habitat te Henga and the Forest & Bird reserve Matuku. Over 90% of New Zealand’s wetlands have been drained or filled yet on Auckland’s doorstep is Te Henga wetland, largest in the region.

Matuku Link, bordering the Te Henga wetland, is a large native forest block in Auckland’s Bethell’s valley. 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 many bush birds like kereru, fantail, tui, ruru, tomtits and recently even a rare robin was seen.

In the first year almost a hundred volunteers worked for 4000+ hours with predator control, enhancing biodiversity by plugging the drains and planting over 1500 trees, shrubs and grasses. And we’re going strong! Coming months we’re trying to finish the nursery, where the next generation of eco-sourced plants will be grown for planting in winter, we’ll be working with Unitec students on the restoration of our barn into a wetland display/education centre, with $85,125 from the Million Dollar Mission for materials.

Working Bees

Our regular working bees are every Third Sunday of the month, starting at 10 am and finishing at 1 pm with a shared lunch (optional). Depending on the season and the weather, it will be nursery work, weeding and planting. During the week, other volunteers work hard on raising funds, spreading the word and education. If you’d like to join us or come to a working bee, please get in touch.

Helping out in other ways

And nothing is possible without our valued funders, donors and supporters.
To succeed with all of our plans, we’d 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.

Love our Working Bees

Our volunteers seem to like our working bees (or the donated Nice Blocks ice creams, or the shared lunch): almost two dozen showed up to help us with cleaning up after the storm, clearing the grass from the plants, constructing the nursery and many more...

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Thank you volunteers!

The volunteers from Sustainable Coastlines came out for a second time! We had a variety of tasks they were happy to attack: relocate some plants, to replace the few which didn't survive the drought, dig a drain for the barn, clear out the shed & recycle the contents,...

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World Rivers Day – donate now

On 15th of March the whole world is celebrating their rivers... and we aim to celebrate by reaching our funding goal for stream side planting. The best way to care for a river is to ensure its water stays cool and its banks won't erode: riparian planting...

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Contact us:

Secretary Annalily van den Broeke

021-2207136 or email us at

Physical address:

111 Bethells Road, Te Henga, Auckland

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