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Mayoral Awards – we won!

We thought being a finalist for the 'Restoration' category of the inaugural Mayoral Conservation Awards was already a great effort and quite an achievement. The other finalists in this category were: Restoration of Mangemangeroa Reserve Tararata stream...

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Ricoh – a new link

Ricoh was one of the funders earlier this year for our "Million Metres Streamside Restoration" project, and came last week to help us plant the trees that they helped fundraise for. For of us, Helen from Ricoh, Alaina and Georgie from Million Metres and Annalily from...

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The Naked barn

The fibrolite as cladding might have been a good idea 40-odd years ago, it definitely isn't a good one now. Fibrolite contains asbestos fibers which could cause a specifically nasty kind of lung cancer. It usually takes a decade or more to develop, which...

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August Working Bee

A great working bee was had on Sunday 19th of August, with such good weather people were stripping down to t-shirts and shorts! The non-native willows from the neighbours, shading out our planting areas, got a good haircut by Geoff, who had a great time...

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Unitec Architecture designs

Last year Unitec students Landscape Design worked on a Master Plan for Matuku Link, and did a great job. It resulted in the trust forming clear ideas of "what goes where" in the landscape, and some ingenious solutions we could have never come up with on...

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Track and trace

How do we know we're looking after a very special habitat? Because of the birds that use it! And how do we know who are here? Monitoring and careful observations work well, plus some clever new tools like audio and drone monitoring. Banded rail used to...

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Rebuilding the barn

This time last year, The Trusts donated $5 for each vote for our project...which in our case added up to a whopping $85.125! It was an amazing start to our campaign to raise funds for our Sustainable Wetland Education Center. And one year on, we thought we...

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The roaming robin

Due to our predator control efforts at Matuku Link and further along at Habitat te Henga and the Bethells residents part of the Ark Bufferzone, a lot of native wildlife is doing well. In April, the day after the very successful kayaking fundraiser, some of...

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Pateke parents

Native wildlife is holding its own and more in the wetland. Matt is our contractor for predator control at Habitat te Henga (funded by the Zoo Conservation Fund). Checking his traps he heard spotless crake this weekend, and saw a bittern the time before...

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On track!

A bit of rain turned into a lot of sunshine on the day we had the largest ever Sustainable Coastlines group, full of young and eager volunteers from China. A freshly caught rat was fed to the eels to the surprise and delight of many and after John Sumich...

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Predator control

Predator control at Matuku Link To keep our native birds and plants safe in New Zealand, we need to protect them from pests: stoats, weasels, ferrets, possums, dogs, cats, goats, rabbits... all those nice furry four legged introduced animals. At Matuku...

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The Brownies are Back

Last year the Brownies planted the area in front of our nursery (though the nursery wasn't there yet), this year they came back to check on those plants. And they have grown! The Brownies almost as much as the plants.  But they did much more than that:...

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Sustainable Coastlines

They keep coming! Our partnership with Sustainable Coastlines now evolved into at least two groups a month joining us for work at Matuku Link. Under Amy's enthusiastic guidance, the volunteers from all over the world help with weeding, planting and general...

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Awesome tenant needed

As our current caretaker and tenant Anita is leaving for Napier, we're looking for another awesome person or couple to rent the Matuku Link house. The house will be further insulated in the coming weeks, ready for rent per 1st of July. We are looking for a...

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Orakei House repurposed

A passionate conservationist and generous philanthropist, left his house to his best friend, who is one of our trustees. In turn, he donated the house, which was going to be demolised, to Matuku Link to be used as materials for the Sustainable Wetland...

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Trustee John Sumich is "Doctor John Sumich" when he's working... as is his daughter, 'young Doctor Sumich'! She also got roped in to follow in John's footsteps and give a hand with the installation of the plastic side covers for the open part of the barn,...

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Ngai Tahu visit

When Johnathan Sargisson contacted us to see if he could visit Matuku Link with his group of tamariki from Ngai Tahu, as part of their Taiao Mokihi Wananga - mokihi (reed raft) building workshop, of course we said yes! Great to hear about groups who...

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Project K visiting

What do a flooding, a rahui and tiny Carex plants have in common? All of them were the reason the yearly Project K groups (through the Graeme Dingle Foundation) came to help out Matuku Link. At Karanga Camp, Annalily gave a presentation about how our work...

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The floods and storms of February, March and April this year were severe: with 180.000 houses without power in March, let's hope it is the "30 year storm" and not a regular event. For us at Matuku Link we were 'only' without power for five days, which did...

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Kayak Day

On Sunday April 7th we had our first ever VIP Kayak Day. Visitors fortunate enough to have a ticket, were rewarded with a glorious sunny day, turning hazy and slightly drizzly in the afternoon for the last group. But even that group was happy and one...

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Our Working Bees

Our volunteers seem to like our working bees, the shared lunch or the chance to walk around bare chested: whatever it is, you can join us! We usually try to see an eel, or some of our resident pateke might come and say hello. Tui song and flittering visits...

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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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