Come and pot a plant, plant a tree, rescue a reed or search for a scrub… it’s all part of our September Working Bee for Conservation Week!

With the floods from last week, a lot of debris has been collected in the tops of our newly planted trees and shrubs: time to give them some air and rescue them before the next floods deposits even more. If planting is more your thing, join our nursery team to help pot up some small ones to give them the best start for the coming season, ready to be planted next year. Or take advantage of the soft soil (mud alarm!) and clear out our nursery by planting everything big enough to go into the ground. We’ve got flax coming out of our ears! (Figuratively speaking, luckily..). Whatever you fancy to do to help us help our wetland, you’re welcome. As usual it starts at 10 am (but some keen ones will be there earlier) and we finish at 1 pm with a shared lunch. We provide hot drinks and hot soup and if you’re lucky even home made breads… feel free to join us for a social chat in the sun (the latter not guaranteed!).

Perhaps you’ll even spot one of our native birds: tui, kereru and piwakawaka are guaranteed, but maybe you’ll even hear or see a matata (fernbird), a rare pateke (brown teal) or our shy namesake matuku (bittern)…who knows…

Bring: rain gear, water bottle and shared lunch if you like. And arrive with squeaky clean boots! We are still kauri dieback free and we really like to keep it that way.

Gloves, spades etc will be provided. If you bring your own, again they need to be completely clean, not a speck of mud in sight please.

Hope to see you there, contact me if you’ve got any questions: or 021-2207136. Note that there is no cellphone reception on site…

All the best, Annalily & team of Matuku Link volunteers.