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.
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.
A keen group of volunteers from all over the world came to Matuku Link through Sustainable Coastlines, digging a trench for our waterpipe, clearing the fenceline, shoveling a truckload of gravel from the nursery to the education centre,...read more
Wanting to get fit? “Enjoy nature” or “Learn more about native plants”” on your New Years’ resolution list? Or would you like good company and a way to give back to the environment and your community? All of the reasons above, and many more, should lead to...read more
A group of very interested volunteers were led by Geoff Davidson (from Oratia Native Nursery as well as a Matuku Link trustee) to collect the seeds of many different species of Carex...by the end of the day I hope the others remembered more than I did! If we hadn't...read more
Secretary Annalily van den Broeke
021-2207136 or email us at email@example.com..
111 Bethells Road, Te Henga, Auckland