We love to see groups returning to Matuku Link: they can admire the health of the trees they planted, check out the other things we’ve done and become part of our growing (excuse the pun) project. One of those groups is the Kiwi Conservation Club, Forest & Bird’s young conservationists. Not only do they bring engaged parents, they also bring energy, great questions and a bit of magic: we saw a new family of endangered pateke (brown teal) with four chicks, little balls of cute fluffiness, for the first time! As if the pateke knew we were helping them build their habitat, and wanted to say hello. 

Volunteer Derek March, highly experienced educator and artist, prepared a special celebration of our tuna (eels) for the children: celebrating the Eel Migration with them by floating flax tuna (eels) down the river. A lot of hebe (koromiko) were planted on the bunds of the pateke pond and around the newly created boardwalk. A couple of parents discovered the benefits of digging into a hard layer of shells, buried just under the topsoil: no need to go to the gym this afternoon. 

We had lunch in the barn where I chatted about predators, good and bad, and was impressed  yet again with the knowledge of this latest generation. 

Thank you and hope to see you again soon! 

Annalily & the trustees

All images by our voluntary professional photographer Stefan Marks – thank you!