Taking flight – more, bigger, better…

The Matuku Reserve Trustees, as they are officially called, always have many plans for the future of Matuku Link. For 2020 a couple of things are high on their list:

  • consent for the toilets and kitchenette in the barn. Wouldn’t it be great to get rid of the big orange Tardis? And not to have to take dirty coffee cups home? Not to mention having actual hot water….
  •  the start of an accessible walkway. Accessibility has always been high on the agenda for this project. Unlike other areas of the Waitakere Ranges, it is reasonably flat, being a wetland, and as such is accessible to help for groups of all ages. For people with limited mobility (using walkers, pushing a stroller or being in a wheelchair) there are no opportunities to experience a wetland environment in Auckland. With the “loop” from the barn towards our pateke pond and back around the Poets Path, everyone can do a leasurly stroll and enjoy the sounds, smells and sights of native bush, a river, stream and a pond as well as a glow worm rock!
  •  apply for funding for a coordinator/educator/facilitator/general dogsbody. The past three years we’ve solely relied on volunteers to do everything, but with the growth in the number of groups we’re hosting, our aspirations around a new Sustainable Wetland Education Centre, education and accessibility, we need someone who can focus on organising, fundraising and coordinating this.
  •  And of course we’ll keep on growing plants, weeding, planting, doing predator control and hosting groups!

If you would like to contribute in any way, with your expertise, knowledge, skills or time, please contact me: we’d love to hear from you: matukulink@gmail.com

All the best,

Annalily (secretary) and trustees John Sumich, John Staniland, Geoff Davidson, Chad Wilkie (chair)

(kereru in flight: photo Stefan Marks)

Most mages by our voluntary professional photographers Stefan Marks and Jacqui Geux – thank you!