Where and who
Where and who
Matuku Link is located at 111 Bethells Road, Te Henga, West Auckland, immediately upstream of the Te Henga Wetland, the largest wetland in the Auckland region. It has a house, a barn and a nursery on the road side of the 37 hectares of wetland and native bush. A caretaker and students live in the house, the barn will be the Sustainable Wetland Education Centre and the nursery will provide us with eco-sourced plants for the wetland.
The excellent lowland native forest will become a safe corridor for native fauna with quality predator control like neighbouring projects Ark in the Park, Matuku Reserve, Habitat te Henga and Forest Ridge.
Our regular working bees are every third Sunday of the month, starting at 10 am. Please contact us to make sure it’s on, you never know with Auckland’s weather!
Matuku Reserve Trust owns Matuku Link and it is governed by four hardworking, unpaid trustees, assisted by the dedicated voluntary secretary. All the work is being done and coordinated by volunteers. Matuku Reserve Trust is a charitable trust so any donation over $5 is tax deductible. Please email us for a receipt if you make a donation. Bank Account name is Matuku Reserve Trust, account number Kiwibank 38 9018 0039553 01.
Have a look at the property from above with this video on the left, and hear the plans for our barn in the video on the right.
Chad Wilkie - trustee
John Sumich - trustee
A science degree at Auckland was followed with a medical degree from Otago University. Setting up his general medical practice in West Auckland where he had been brought up, he in later decades initiated and led the successful Ark in the Park project in 1999.
Having bird species previously seen only on off shore reserves in his beloved Waitakere Ranges was a thrill shared by the many others volunteering and working at the Ark in the Park.
Starting a second project, Habitat te Henga, adjacent to the Ark in the Park with an aim of protecting wetland species and re-introducing Pateke (brown teal) has also been successful.
John Staniland - trustee
He is a founder and honorary ranger of the Society’s 120 hectare Matuku Reserve adjacent to the “Matuku Link”, having organised the purchase of several blocks of forest to bring the reserve to its present size. He has a good knowledge of the vegetation of this area and its bird life and is particularly interested in New Zealand’s different forest types and in educating people about them. John is also active in the Ornithological Society and A Rocha NZ (Christians in Conservation).
Geoff Davidson - trustee
Conservation issues pushed me into a job and an all-consuming hobby which have shaped every day since then. The job, growing native plants, quickly morphed into a full-time nursery business which in time introduced many plants unknown to the New Zealand public. The hobby kicked in and it became addictive. A group of conservationists and I have spent the past 36 years amassing 7,000 hectares of land as nature reserves around the country. It is an ongoing pleasure seeing nature take control and proceed to reintroduce all those species that once flourished in abundance. It has been a life full of satisfaction and gives hope for the future.
Diane Brunton - advisor
In addition to my ongoing research on avian cultural evolution, I have published 100+ research publications in peer reviewed journals on other ecology and conservation focused projects.
Tim Livingstone - advisor
Cate Macinnis-Ng - advisor
Cate also holds a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society of New Zealand. Cate is particularly interested in climate change impacts on native forest and her main research focus is The Kauri Drought Experiment where she is exploring the impacts of low water availability on our largest tree species.
Stephen Lethbridge - advisor
Annalily van den Broeke - secretary
Sir Bob and Lady Barbara Harvey - patrons
Harvey and his wife Barbara, a practicing midwife, have five adult children: Celia, Tessa, Claris, Rupert and Fraser.
Harvey was awarded the United Nations Mayors for Peace Award in 1998, the New Zealand Medal for Community Service in 1990, and a Queen’s Service Order for Services to the Community in 1991. He was knighted as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Years Honours list.
Secretary Annalily van den Broeke
021-2207136 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org..
111 Bethells Road, Te Henga, Auckland
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