Matuku Link

Closing the gap – Linking untouched kauri forest, a river valley, wetlands and the sea.
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Summer Search and Rescue

No swimming skills required for our Search and Rescue missions! We're just asking you to help us find our plants, identified by a white stick in a sea of weeds. And then use a shark (flax knife) to release them from being...

Walk Open Times

With Minister Poto Williams opening our bridge and accessible walkway last week, we can now invite people to test it out. It is NOT a concrete, flat path though! It is part boardwalk and part gravel, which might not suit all wheels. As we are a tiny team, we're not...

First Walk and Wheel!

What a day... a bright summer day in Spring, with all of our funders, friends, supporters, volunteers to celebrate the opening of our accessible bridge and walkway, by our very own Minister of Conservation and Disability Issues Poto Williams! Trustee John Staniland...

Bridge Opening by Minister

Auckland’s first accessible wetland - the doctor, the duck and the walkway Minister of Conservation and Disability Issues Poto Williams is perfectly placed to be opening the first accessible wetland boardwalk in Auckland’s largest wetland, built by Jobs4Nature, on...

Holiday Program!

Do you love the outdoors? Have you always wanted to spend a day discovering everything a wetland has to offer? Matuku Link is excited to invite children aged 7-12 to our inaugural Holiday Programme Day on the 12th October! You will have a great time exploring and...

Holiday Programme

Do you love the outdoors? Have you always wanted to spend a day discovering everything a wetland has to offer? Matuku Link is excited to invite children aged 7-12 to our inaugural Holiday Programme Day on the 12th October! You will have a great time exploring and...

No bridge too far

Many years ago John Sumich needed to cross over the Waitakere River to release the first batch of 20 pateke (brown teal) in the Te Henga wetland. He asked Fulton Hogan in Ranui if they might have a bridge, and they did: a 71 meter long one! John politely declined and...

Birthday, Bridge, Birds, Beer

Join us for our Birthday Bash! Our fifth anniversary was just after last  year's longest lockdown, so we had to skip it... a great reason to do a much bigger party this sixth year. There is also much more to celebrate: our accessible walkway, our education program,...

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...

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 matukulink@gmail.com 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

Walk Open Times

With Minister Poto Williams opening our bridge and accessible walkway last week, we can now invite people to test it out. It is NOT a concrete, flat path though! It is part boardwalk and part gravel, which might not suit all wheels. As we are a tiny team, we're not...

Bridge Opening by Minister

Auckland’s first accessible wetland - the doctor, the duck and the walkway Minister of Conservation and Disability Issues Poto Williams is perfectly placed to be opening the first accessible wetland boardwalk in Auckland’s largest wetland, built by Jobs4Nature, on...

Fundraising Film

Has it been six years already? Yes it has! Four trustees bought Matuku Link in November 2016 and we've been fundraising ever since... this time we hope to welcome you at our Fundraising Film Night - the incredible documentary on New Zealand wetlands "Rohe Kōreporepo -...

From the blog

Summer Search and Rescue

Summer Search and Rescue

No swimming skills required for our Search and Rescue missions! We're just asking you to help us find our plants, identified by a white stick in a sea of weeds. And then use a shark (flax knife) to release them from being...

read more
Walk Open Times

Walk Open Times

With Minister Poto Williams opening our bridge and accessible walkway last week, we can now invite people to test it out. It is NOT a concrete, flat path though! It is part boardwalk and part gravel, which might not suit all wheels. As we are a tiny team, we're not...

read more
First Walk and Wheel!

First Walk and Wheel!

What a day... a bright summer day in Spring, with all of our funders, friends, supporters, volunteers to celebrate the opening of our accessible bridge and walkway, by our very own Minister of Conservation and Disability Issues Poto Williams! Trustee John Staniland...

read more

Partners

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 hello@matukulink.org.nz

Physical address:

111 Bethells Road, Te Henga, Auckland

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