Matuku Link

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

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, the largest wetland 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 our namesake matuku (australasian bittern), puweto (spotless crake), pateke (brown teal) as well as to native bats along the river. 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 three years hundreds of volunteers donated over 12,000 hours: planting and weeding over 10,000 trees, shrubs and grasses. We also built a nursery where we grow our next generation of eco-sourced plants. Together we created ponds and re-established streams, doing predator control and are working on the transformation of our barn into a Sustainable Wetland Education Center.  More info about us here.

 

Hands-on volunteering

Our regular working bees are every Third Sunday of the month and we have irregular working bees during the week. 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! 

Drone survey

Drone survey

Thanks to the team at Auckland Zoo, we now have some great drone footage of the willows in the river and our wetland. This does not only guide us to where they are so we can get rid of them (as willows are a pest plant, a weed smothering our native plants and clogging...

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Kayak Day 2021

Kayak Day 2021

What a great day we had on the water at our VIP Kayak Day!  Thanks to the hard work of our 15 volunteers, doing the sausage sizzle, baking cakes, making soup, instructing, driving and helping people in- and out of the kayaks, guiding them on the water and sharing our...

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Just in time Open Day

Just in time Open Day

Saturday 13th of February was another super successful World Wetland Open Day celebration, with 12 stalls, a full programme of Boardwalk opening and five guided tours, and just under 300 people enjoying it all on a sunny day. Our volunteers did an amazing job of...

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Contact us:

Secretary Annalily van den Broeke

021-2207136 or email us at matukulink@gmail.com..

Physical address:

111 Bethells Road, Te Henga, Auckland

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