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, largest 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 bittern, crakes, pateke as well as to native bats along the river and the raupo. 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 year almost a hundred volunteers worked for 4000+ hours with predator control, enhancing biodiversity by plugging the drains and planting over 1500 trees, shrubs and grasses. And we’re going strong! Coming months we’re trying to finish the nursery, where the next generation of eco-sourced plants will be grown for planting in winter, we’ll be working with Unitec students on the restoration of our barn into a wetland display/education centre, with $85,125 from the Million Dollar Mission for materials.

Hands-on volunteering

Our regular working bees are every Third Sunday of the month, starting at 10 am and finishing at 1 pm with a shared lunch (optional). Depending on the season and the weather, it will be nursery work, weeding and planting. More info here.

During the week, other volunteers work hard on raising funds, spreading the word and education. If you’d like to join us or come to a working bee, please get in touch.

Helping out in other ways

And nothing is possible without our valued funders, donors and supporters.
To succeed with all of our plans, we’d like you to join us: as a volunteer or as a donor: Kiwibank account 3890 18003 9553 01.
Matuku Reserve Trust is a charitable trust so any donation over $5 is tax deductible. Thank you to our many generous sponsors and individuals who have helped us with in kind or financial contributions! See the full list here.

Floating around

Floating around

Once you've made the ponds, you've got to replant them before it becomes a wetland habitat for the birds... but how to plant grasses in the deepest parts? You plant them in bales of straw of course! Last Saturday an enthusiastic team of volunteers cheered...

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Protect and monitor

Protect and monitor

Protect, enhance and educate are our three core values at Matuku Link. And the "protection" bit is done by trapping and baiting. We've got a great dedicated team of trappers who check "their" traps every two weeks to reset, clean and refill them with a...

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Shovel ready project!

Shovel ready project!

Welcome back! Were very happy we can invite you to Matuku Link again, the nursery is bursting at its seams and we'd love to get as many plants in the ground as possible. BUT with the new rules, there are some changes: when you're sick, stay home.  no need...

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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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