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Welcome back weeders!

Welcome back weeders!

Welcome back! Were very happy we can invite you to Matuku Link again!!!! There are a couple of changes though, to keep everyone safe and stick to the rules of being vaccinated, wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance. With a maximum of 20 visitors, you'll have to...

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Art for Christmas

Art for Christmas

A wonderful wetland present Of course we said “yes” when local artist Celia Steenhuisen approached us with the offer to create unique artworks for us based on photographs by supporter Imogen Warren and our very own volunteer Stefan Marks – and we are over the moon...

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Goodbye Geoff

Goodbye Geoff

10 years after Geoff Davidson and John Staniland surveyed the property at 111 Bethells Road to see if it could be suitable for purchase, the Matuku Reserve Trust Board bought it to become Matuku Link. Fast forward another five years and Geoff Davidson is standing down...

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First plague, then flood

First plague, then flood

Some of you might remember our Open Day on 4th of February 2018 for World Wetland Day. We had a good time, but not many visitors, even though the weather was okay. Until we packed up at 3pm and it started to hose down... as it had been doing for all of the day closer...

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Monthly Bees

Monthly Bees

Every Third Sunday of the month we have our group working bee - if we're not in lockdown. In summer we focus on taking care of our plants ("search and rescue") and in winter on planting. And there is always our nursery! All our working bees are accessible for all...

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Nursery Tuesday

Nursery Tuesday

Our Tuesdays at the Nursery have been going since the beginning of 2021, and are a weekly event I'm always looking forward to as it is so nice to be with likeminded people sharing stories about plants, life, art... The Waitakere Rivercare volunteers Derek, Jenny,...

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Pitching in!

Pitching in!

Through the Sustainable Business Network we have received funding for our Jobs4Nature team - and even before that, we worked with them on several successful fundraisers as part of Million Metres Streamside Restoration. So when they asked us to do another planting day...

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Growing our future

Growing our future

Thanks to Auckland Council's Community Coordinator Fund, we have been able to engage Brian Ireland to make our first ever education plan. With his experience at big projects like Zealandia, Auckland Zoo, Rotoroa and many others, we're super stoked we were able to...

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Our 5th Anniversary

Our 5th Anniversary

On the 6th of November 2016 four trustees signed the sales agreement and became the owners of 111 Bethells Road, soon to be called "Matuku Link".  Five  years later to the day, on Saturday 6th of November 2021 they are inviting all the people who helped to make Matuku...

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OK Boomer!

OK Boomer!

The Matuku isn't our namesake for nothing, it is a very special bird. They are cryptic birds so we need to know more about them. Developing a database of where they were heard will increase awareness of matuku presence generally and add to knowledge of their site...

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Henderson Valley School visit

Henderson Valley School visit

Finally we were able to welcome the children from year 3 and 4 from our local Henderson Valley Primary school. Finally, because this trip has been planned two times before... both during last year's lockdowns! Luckily this time this year we could go ahead and have...

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Why test wai?

Why test wai?

Kimberley D'Souza from our friends at Whitebait Connection, who also have helped us installing the fish ladder, came for our first training session on water quality testing. Over the next couple of years we aim to do the testing every second month, at our Working Bee,...

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Kiwi Conservation Club visit

Kiwi Conservation Club visit

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...

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Kauri and kereru

Kauri and kereru

As written by Linda Ruthe: When Liz March (local photographer), needed to take photos of Kauri, she kindly invited me to go with her to Matuku Link. There, we dutifully disinfected our shoes and walked up a track to where Kauri grow amongst companions. I spent some...

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2021 Planting Bees

2021 Planting Bees

Our nursery is overflowing with plants grown by all our volunteers and now we're getting into the wetter season, we're ready to do some planting!!! All our working bees are accessible for all ages, we can always find something appropriate for your age and fitness...

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Drone survey

Drone survey

Thanks to the team at Auckland Zoo, we now have some great drone footage of the willows in the river and our wetland. This does not only guide us to where they are so we can get rid of them (as willows are a pest plant, a weed smothering our native plants and clogging...

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Kayak Day 2021

Kayak Day 2021

What a great day we had on the water at our VIP Kayak Day!  Thanks to the hard work of our 15 volunteers, doing the sausage sizzle, baking cakes, making soup, instructing, driving and helping people in- and out of the kayaks, guiding them on the water and sharing our...

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Just in time Open Day

Just in time Open Day

Saturday 13th of February was another super successful World Wetland Open Day celebration, with 12 stalls, a full programme of Boardwalk opening and five guided tours, and just under 300 people enjoying it all on a sunny day. Our volunteers did an amazing job of...

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Success with pests

Success with pests

The three aims of Matuku Link are protect, enhance and educate. The first protection part is all about pest animal and pest plant control. Pest animals we focus on are rats, possums and stoats as the main predators, with hedgehogs, feral cats, ferrets and weasels as...

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Kayak Day 2021

Kayak Day 2021

The October date of last year was just the postponed version from March 2020, so we're back in the correct season - please join us on Saturday 27th of March for the VIP Kayak Day! Our biggest fundraiser and day of public engagement of the year, a two hour paddle along...

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Open Day 2021

Open Day 2021

Welcome to our 5th Open Day! We'd love to share our progress of four years of hard work by many volunteers, funders, sponsors and teams. Come celebrate World Wetland Day and the beauty of our environment, we'd love to see you on: Saturday February 13th between 10 am...

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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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