Matuku Link

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

A great team of students from Kelston Intermediate came out to Matuku Link to experience our very first Wetland Education Program session - Te kaupapa rohe koreporepo. This all boys team lead by kaiako John and his colleagues were super engaged with all we shared with...

Many hands plant a lot!

If it was the tiny bit of desperation that shone through my call for planters last Sunday, or the fact it was a sunny day after two weeks of rain, if it was the School Holidays or if it is the yummy food shared... whatever the reason, we had a HUGE team of helpers to...

Wetland Book Launch

Waitakere Book Launch of Life in the Shallows - by the National Wetland Trust of New Zealand ceo Karen Denyer on Sunday 24th of July at 10 am. Hot drinks and nibbles will await our guests, before Karen will start her talk about the people, the work and the...

Driving Piles

Spiral Drilling Civic not only donated the HUGE piles that are needed to support the bridge on the north side of the river, they also supplied the machinery which came on a HUGE truck and most importantly the experts who knew how to ram those piles exactly where the...

Nursery Tuesdays

Welcome to our Nursery Tuesdays - our weekly session at Matuku Link for people who love plants. If you haven't been before, please REGISTER here. no need to bring your own gloves and spades, but if you do: everything needs to be squeaky clean because of kauri dieback...

Banded Rail release

OFF THE RAILS And yes they were off but not as fast as you might have thought. Last week three moho peruru  [banded rails] were released at Matuku Link having been raised as day-olds by BirdCare Aotearoa. Two brought into a house by the family cat, and the other...

One bird in the hand another bird with a band! Stephen Davies, experienced and knowledgeable bird bander, decided Matuku Link would be a good place to band birds for several reasons: it is a easy to access which makes it less time consuming setting up and taking down the mist nets,...

Super Successful Kayak Day!

Another sold out VIP Kayak Day! A huge success, with more than 80 people enjoying the wetland from a different perspective, having access through private properties otherwise not accessible. Some saw matuku (bittern) which was definitely a highlight, others saw...

Planting Sundays

Our nursery is overflowing so we're planting big time! And we can really use your help, at our Monthly Matuku Link Working Bees. For H&S reasons: if you haven't been before, please REGISTER here. If you've been before - check out the growth and be proud! All ages...

Postponement of Open Day

Unfortunately we've decided to postpone our World Wetland Open Day until we can celebrate it with the whole community... let's hope that day will come soon! We'll keep you posted, subscribe to our newsletter if you'd like to hear the latest.

Support our work

Hands-on volunteering

Our regular working bees are every Third Sunday of the month and every Tuesday morning. Depending on the weather, tasks will be around weeding, planting, growing plants in the nursery, doing predator control or building work. More info here. 

Please contact Annalily on with questions, or if you’d like to join us and it’s your first time out to Matuku Link. We’d love to welcome you here!

Helping out in other ways

Nothing is possible without our valued funders, donors and supporters. Matuku Reserve Trust is a charitable trust so any donation over $5 is tax deductible. Please consider becoming a supporter, more info here.

Thank you to our many generous sponsors and individuals who have helped us with in-kind or financial contributions! 

Current Campaigns

OK Boomer!

The Matuku isn't our namesake for nothing, it is a very special bird. They are cryptic birds so we need to know more about them. Developing a database of where they were heard will increase awareness of matuku presence generally and add to knowledge of their site...

From the blog

Welcome Leah!

Welcome Leah!

Kia ora! I'm Leah Nielsen and I'm excited to be joining Matuku Link as the new educator. I come from a teaching background, having taught primary school in both New Zealand and the UK, but my passion is the environment and wildlife. I love learning about the natural...

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Secrets of our streams

Secrets of our streams

Secrets of our streams Aquatic species largely go unseen in our streams and wetlands. Many of them have fascinating life cycles linked to the moon and tides. At Matuku Link we have been surveying our waterways to discover which species are currently found here, and...

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Education initiation

Education initiation

A great team of students from Kelston Intermediate came out to Matuku Link to experience our very first Wetland Education Program session - Te kaupapa rohe koreporepo. This all boys team lead by kaiako John and his colleagues were super engaged with all we shared with...

read more


The success of Matuku Link would not be possible without the support of people, businesses and organisations who have given generously of time, money and materials.

Alsco, Auckland Airport Staff Giving, Deloittes, Hybrid Residential, Lion/Speights,  Medical Assurance Society, Paradigm Associates, PlaceMakers Cook Street, Ricoh, Resene Paints, WashTech, CairnsSlane, FultonHogan, The Royal College of General Practitioners, Auckland University Event Services, Babich Wines, Wineries Out West and many private philanthropists who have been incredibly generous.

And all groups and individuals who donated their time by helping us out with weeding, planting, potting up plants, building, painting, cooking and everything else!

Auckland Council

The RENH fund supported the materials for our sheds and barn, and the current Community Coordinator Fund will support our part-time educator.

Sustainable Business Network

The Covid Relief fund Jobs4Nature provides SBN with the funds for several organisations to employ people in their “Partnering2Plant” programme. With this funding, we have been able to provide jobs for 9 different since October 2020 over 3 fte’s.

Keep Kauri Standing

To protect our kauri we received funding for boot cleaning stations and education: signage and educator time.

Department of Conservation

In October 2020 we were able to pay our first project manager, supported by the DOC Community Fund, part time for one year. This enabled us to do even more work with even more volunteers!

Mazda Foundation

The irrigation system at the nursery is now running on solar power, and we’re now the proud owners of two FoxPros to monitor our wetland birds by playback – thanks to two grants from the Mazda Foundation.

Million Metres Project

We’ve run three very successful campaigns with Million Metres (part of SBN) to raise funds for our plants to revegetate the Matuku Link wetland.

Perpetual Guradian

This grant will help us improve protection in the wetland with more traps and see how we are doing with more monitoring.

Waitakere Ranges Local Board

Every year our local board grants us funding for parts of our project: potting mix for the nursery, some materials for our education centre, traps or educational materials.

Million Dollar Mission

Just after buying the property, the opportunity came up to fundraise to restore our old, well ventilated barn into a wetland education centre: every vote gave us $5 towards our aim, which in total raised an amazing $85,000!

Native Forest Restoration Trust

This charity made the initial acquisition of the land possible with an incredible $450,000 donation.

Nature Heritage Fund

This DOC fund donated $300,000 towards buying the land in 2016

Forest and Bird Waitakere

The local branch of the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society gave a donation towards buying the land and a number of long term Forest & Bird members are trustees and volunteers.

Waitakere Ranges Protection Society

WRPS has contributed from their own funds towards the acquisition of the land to by Matuku Link.

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited is an American nonprofit organization 501 dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people. 

Auckland Zoo

Contributing staff time and expertise, from monitoring to drone surveys as well as funding towards predator control, Auckland Zoo is a valuable partner in our project.

World Wildlife Fund

When we were just setting up our nursery, WWF helped us to pay for the tank to supply our irrigation system.

The Trust Community Foundation

Our barn got a large upgrade with a new roof and a sustainable, high quality wastewater treatment system through generous funding from TTCF.

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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