Matuku Link

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

Our story

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, at the head of the Te Henga wetland, consists of river flats at the foot of a large native forest block in Auckland’s Waitakere River valley. It is a home to rare wetland species such as our namesake matuku (Australasian bittern), puweto (spotless crake), pateke (brown teal), freshwater fish species and native bats foraging along the river forest edge. The kauri and broadleaf forest is home to many bush birds like kereru, fantail, tui, ruru, and tomtits.

Regular volunteer days have resulted in many thousands of trees, sedges, & reeds being planted to restore the alluvial flats to a range of wetland habitats. These plants are eco-sourced and grown in our own nursery tended by volunteers.
Ponds have been created with interconnecting boardwalks and trails made accessible for people of all abilities while the old barn has been transformed into a sustainable Wetland Education Centre and volunteer meeting place.  More info about us here.

 

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! 

Banded Rail release

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...

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One bird in the hand

One bird in the hand

...is 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,...

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Super Successful Kayak Day!

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...

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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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