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Rusty roof no more

Thanks to an amazing grant of $40.000 from TTCF, The Trusts Community Foundation, we were able to get our roof replaced, just before the winter rains set in. A team of hard working men from ReelRoofing did a fine job installing the sheets of pre-painted...

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A Starry Night

Usually Ark in the Park and Forest & Bird Waitakere run 'Nightwalks with Nature' in summer near the Ark headquarters at the Cascades car park. But due to kauri dieback restrictions, that is out of bounds so they partnered up with Matuku Link to do "A Night...

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April Working bee on 28th

As most people will be doing other things (Easter egg hunt?) on our usual Third Sunday of the month in April, we're getting together on the Fourth Sunday in stead. So our next Working Bee will be on: Sunday 28th of April, from 10 am We hope to see you...

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VIP Kayak Day a success

VIP Kayak Day very successful! Thanks to all our volunteers, the Auckland Kayak and Canoe Club and their volunteers, all our patrons and don't forget the weather, our VIP kayak day went really well and we saw smiling faces all around us. Even the people...

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Traps, traps, more traps

In an effort to control possums, trustee John Sumich and volunteer Anko placed self-resetting GoodNature A12 traps around the northern perimeter. It will help control the possums, as does our baiting regime and other traps we have out there. But having...

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TTCF grant money!

The goal of repurposing the existing old barn into a Sustainable Wetland Education Centre is now much closer with $40,000 to be spend on a new roof, insulation and a new waste water treatment system. The removal of the asbesthos cladding from the barn was...

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The Open Day in pictures

It felt a bit like a birthday party...and in a way it was: World Wetlands Day at Matuku Link! With cakes, candles, ice creams, picnicking families and hungry eels, it definitely was a party like no other. A lot of people already knew each other from...

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A Night in the Bufferzone

A night walk on Saturday 13th of April, from 6 to 8 pm.  Discover night life in the area around Ark in the Park, our largest conservation project, this time in the Bufferzone at Matuku Link: possibly pateke, glow worms and giant moths and maybe even bats!...

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VIP Kayak Day

A huge success last year, we're repeating this once-a-year opportunity to of a one-off paddle to raise funds for Matuku Link. The navigable part of Waitākere River is accessible only from private land and on this one day, access will be allowed. Saturday...

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Thank you Friends

We can't do what we do without our sponsors. We had huge support from the Native Forest Restoration Trust, the Natural Environment Fund, Forest & Bird Waitakere, Friends of Regional Parks, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society, many, many individual donors and generous...

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World Wetlands Day Open Day

We'll celebrate World Wetland Day on Saturday 2nd February 2019 with our annual Open Day at Matuku Link - from 10 am to 3 pm. Stalls from other conservation organisations will display info on wetlands, birds and ecosystems, there will be food, drinks and...

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New Year, new bee

Thanks to all our volunteers at the first working bee of 2019! Five new volunteers (one a nine year old grandchild) and fifteen 'old hands' did a great job in clearing weeds, filling holes with gravel and stones, joyriding at the back of the trailer (don't...

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Fire brigade to the rescue

A big "thank you" to the volunteers from the Bethells Valley Fire Brigade. Not only are they our neighbours, they also re-filled our water tank for the nursery, rescuing our plants from parching...and relieving our volunteers from carrying lots and lots of...

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A year in numbers

2018 was an amazing year: we've been working on Matuku Link since January 2017 and it's unbelievable all we've accomplished in two years' time. Volunteer hours donated have been going up and up, from groups like Sustainable Coastlines helping out several...

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Working Bees 2019

Working bees... they keep on giving work! Since January 2017 we've been having our working bees on every third Sunday of the month. For 2019 it won't be any different, our dates are: Sunday January 20th Sunday February 17th Sunday March 17th Sunday April...

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Open for World Wetland Day

We'll celebrate World Wetland Day on Saturday 2nd February 2019 with our annual Open Day at Matuku Link - from 10 am to 3 pm. Stalls from other conservation organisations will display info on wetlands, birds and ecosystems, there will be food,...

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Ken Allington, teacher at Massey High, has been inspiring his students to give back to the community and specifically to the environment. Last year they came out to Ark in the Park to do the baitlines with us, this year that unfortunately wasn't possible...

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Mile High Weeds

Sustainable Coastlines have been an amazing help to us this past year, and last Thursday wasn't any different. After the introduction on the question "why we kill things here in New Zealand" talk by John Sumich, they were handed 'sharks', little toothed...

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Last working bee for 2018!

Our last working bee for 2018 was a Search and Rescue mission: some of the smaller plants, mainly manuka and kanuka planted by Ricoh in August, were getting smothered by dock. Armed with 'sharks', a very useful tool to slash through hands full of stems...

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Donating to Matuku Link

Volunteers are amazing, winning prizes is cool but we still need hard cash to succeed with all of our plans. Especially after the theft of our tools from the barn (which were uninsured and uninsurable because it is still a building site), we could do with...

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The Trusts visit our trust

The Portage and Waitakere Licencing Trusts did a large project two years ago, called "Million Dollar Mission". A handful of charitable organisations, schools and clubs were selected, and Matuku Link was one of the. Everyone could vote once a day for their...

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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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