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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 boom onset may simply answer whether there is a regional difference in onset of booming but over time may also...

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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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Summer Working Bees

Summer Working Bees

Welcome back! We're very happy we can invite you to Matuku Link again, after a very 'different' year... We've got loads of seeds to plant, trees to pot up, weeds to keep from smothering our natives... plus lots to experience and admire: listen to the matata...

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Cake for crake

Cake for crake

Last week we did our annual puweto (spotless crake) survey, organised by John Sumich with support from Auckland Zoo (specifically Derryn, Sarah and Suzie). Over two very early mornings, they and the rest of the team (Anko, Emma, Stefan, Marjolijn, Wayne, Matt and...

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Vicki Sargisson Memorial

Vicki Sargisson Memorial

Vicki had a great love for the environment - but an even greater heart for people. We will miss her, and her enthusiasm for Ark in the Park, Matuku Link and most recently her energy as founder of the very successful South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network. She used her...

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The Team

The Team

In our five year plan we always had the aspiration to have a project manager or coordinator to help with funding applications, volunteer days, predator control, communications, visiting groups and all the other everyday jobs which require a bit more time than the...

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Kayak Day 2020

Kayak Day 2020

The VIP Kayak Day, postponed from March, was a huge success with beautiful blue skies, clear water and the best of all: wind in the back upstream! All participants returned to base happy and hungry, keeping our volunteers at the sausage sizzle and home baking stalls...

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Lion Team at Matuku Link

Lion Team at Matuku Link

The first and last business planting group of 2020 - thanks to Covid we have had to cancel everyone else. But the team from Lion worked tremendously hard on their volunteer day to make up for that and planted hundreds of trees, shrubs and flaxes. It was right next to...

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Fiftieth Fundraising Forest

Fiftieth Fundraising Forest

What a great day to plant a 50th Forest for Anko's birthday! Beautiful weather (though a bit windy, look at my hair!), lovely company, great cakes... and we planted our 100 trees as well as some extra flaxes and grasses! Thank you to everyone, from all over the world,...

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Sunny September

Sunny September

What a great turnout to enjoy our very sunny working bee in September! We had one group of volunteers in the nursery, one group protecting our plants with a thick layer of mulch, and another group busy with 'infill' planting: adding bigger trees where the nursery...

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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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