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2020 and beyond

Taking flight - more, bigger, better... The Matuku Reserve Trustees, as they are officially called, always have many plans for the future of Matuku Link. For 2020 a couple of things are high on their list: consent for the toilets and kitchenette in the...

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Nibbling eels, left handed snails and Kokopu

During several days in October and November 2019, Stephand colleagues from Whitebait Connection came to survey the ponds, streams and rivers at Matuku Link. Assisted by some of our volunteers, they monitored koura (crayfish) and several fish species. This...

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Results

The three goals of Matuku Link for biodiversity are: protecting & enhancing, restoration and education. Enhancing is done by planting, restoration by planting and weeding and education is the foundation underneath all our group visits. But the most...

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Search and Rescue

Our working bees are always on the Third Sunday of the month, from 10 am to 1 pm. The last one of 2019 is on Sunday 15th of December. We'll keep going in 2020: Sunday January 19th Sunday February 16th Sunday March 15th A big “thank you” to all of you who...

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Birthday Bonanza!

I think I speak for everyone who came to on our 3rd Anniversary Whale & Dolphin Eco Safari when I say the day couldn't have been any better... the company of all mammals (people included) was amazing, with two orca, one of them breaching, which is a rare...

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3rd Birthday Celebration!

Thank you for all you’ve done for Matuku Link over the past three years– donating time, energy, money, materials, ideas, equipment, plants and so much more! To thank you we invite you to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of Matuku Link with us on Saturday 2nd...

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Water works

Just a quick update on our research and collaborations: we've been working with Auckland Zoo on the monitoring on rats, which is great, especially in the long term, to see how we are tracking with our predator control. We all know creating a safe habitat...

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Spring Working Bees

Our working bees are always on the Third Sunday of the month, from 10 am to 1 pm. The next ones are: Sunday October 20th Sunday November 17th Sunday December 15th A big “thank you” to all of you who have came along before, and a big “welcome” to new...

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We'd love to keep you posted of our upcoming activities, the parties we throw, opportunities to help out and share the beautiful pictures of birds and plants we've noticed. Our monthly newsletter will do just that! Hope to hear from you or see you soon out...

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Girl Power!

For the third year in a row, the Girl Guides came to help us! Some of the plants the girls planted as little saplings three years ago, were now twice the girl's height! After a short welcome by myself, an introduction on mammals and predator control by...

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Celebrate Conservation Week

Come and pot a plant, plant a tree, rescue a reed or search for a scrub... it's all part of our September Working Bee for Conservation Week! With the floods from last week, a lot of debris has been collected in the tops of our newly planted trees and shrubs: time to...

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The financial backstory

Mortgage free in 3 years, for a $2,040.000 property? The trustees of the Matuku Reserve Trust had it on their wish list, and their wish came true, with the help of many parties along the way. This is the story of an Auckland unicorn... The story starts over fifteen...

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A picture is worth…

... a thousand words? Even more in our case I image, as it is very hard to describe a leaf of a tree, a rare bird or the energy of a group of volunteers. That is why we are extremely blessed to have not one, not two but THREE semi-professional photographers in our...

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Big Barn Yarn

Remember how we started when we got the keys to Matuku Link in January 2017? Every working bee was about rubbish, cleaning up and clearing out. A lot of the work focussed around the old, 'well ventilated' barn, with the vision to restore it and turn it...

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Winter Working Bee

Planting has never been so easy...with the ground soft and muddy, it was more akin to ladling chocolate pudding than our usual sweat-inducing exercise trying to dig a hole! In some cases this did result in mud actually flowing into shoes and sneakers,...

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Big Green Day Out

For the second year in a row, the team of Ricoh showed up en masse for the Big Green Day Out! Great to have such an enthusiastic team of people helping us to plant, weed and learn about the environment. The weeding was around the trees which were planted...

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June Working Bee

Despite the forecast, it only rained once... and with perfect timing, it came down at noon: a great excuse to pack up and have lunch. A very well deserved lunch it was, with all the tasks John had in mind for today, over and done with. Yeah! And even some...

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Winter Working Bees

Winter Working Bees are usually all about water: rain from above, levels rising in the river, making the soil nice and muddy... a great time to do weeding (soft soil is so much easier to pull roots out of), planting, re-potting and with young ones (of all...

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Alsco Planting Day

What a day!!! We couldn't have asked for better weather or a more enthusiastic bunch of people last Sunday. A large group of Alsco employees and other supporters of the Million Metres project came out to Matuku Link for a family day to help us 'search and...

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Future predator control

Looking after our forest and wetland at Matuku Link is hard work: baiting, trapping, weeding, planting... and with all of your help we're doing it well. But in a mast year like this, extreme fruiting triggered by two warm winters, not only the birds are...

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Kiwi Conservation Club

Our volunteer Derek March led the Kiwi Conservation Club (www.kcc.org.nz), the junior conservationist group, on a trip through Matuku Link celebrating the life and love of eels. With KCC coordinators Jean and Raewyn, everyone enjoyed the talk, the walk,...

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Contact us:

Secretary Annalily van den Broeke

021-2207136 or email us at matukulink@gmail.com..

Physical address:

111 Bethells Road, Te Henga, Auckland

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