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Protect and monitor

Protect, enhance and educate are our three core values at Matuku Link. And the "protection" bit is done by trapping and baiting. We've got a great dedicated team of trappers who check "their" traps every two weeks to reset, clean and refill them with a...

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Level 2 Planting Days

Protect, enhance and educate are our three core values at Matuku Link. And the "protection" bit is done by trapping and baiting. We've got a great dedicated team of trappers who check "their" traps every two weeks to reset, clean and refill them with a...

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Bats

Auckland Bat Man and bat expert Ben Paris gave our volunteers an insight into bats, and showed us how to look, or actually: listen, for our long tailed bats (tourua peka peka) with the latest in bat detectors. Shiny new 'bat loggers', courtesy of Community...

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A Wonderful World Wetland Day

What a great World Wetland Day celebration we had! Thanks to all the volunteers all our visitors experienced the project with guided walks by John Staniland or John Sumich, eel feeding and info by Derek March, who also made the beautiful sculpture. We had...

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Kayak Day 2020

A huge success last year, we're repeating this once-a-year opportunity to of a one-off paddle to raise funds for Matuku Link. The navigable part of Waitākere River is accessible only from private land and on this one day, access will be allowed. Saturday...

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Summer Working Bees

Our first Working Bee of 2020 was blessed with a sunny day (hot hot hot) and ice creams from our friends at Nice Blocks to cool off. We weeded, released plants, weeded and weeded some more.... and those who'd rather be in the shade, did great work out in...

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Girl Guides doing science

Girl Guides from all over New Zealand had a five day camp in Auckland, with a focus on science and the environment. At Matuku Link we treated them to a whole range of activities, with the help of Dr Grace Hall, arachnologist/entomologist from Landcare...

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Open Day: 02-02-2020

Usually visits to Matuku Link are by appointment only, for working bees, events or education. But now our Annual Open Day is almost upon us! Celebrating World Wetland Day on the 2nd of February, this year on 2-2-2020 from 10 am to 3 pm and we're inviting...

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2020 and beyond

Taking flight - more, bigger, better... The Matuku Reserve Trustees, as they are officially called, always have many plans for the future of Matuku Link. For 2020 a couple of things are high on their list: consent for the toilets and kitchenette in the...

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Nibbling eels, left handed snails and Kokopu

During several days in October and November 2019, Stephand colleagues from Whitebait Connection came to survey the ponds, streams and rivers at Matuku Link. Assisted by some of our volunteers, they monitored koura (crayfish) and several fish species. This...

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Results

The three goals of Matuku Link for biodiversity are: protecting & enhancing, restoration and education. Enhancing is done by planting, restoration by planting and weeding and education is the foundation underneath all our group visits. But the most...

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Search and Rescue

Our working bees are always on the Third Sunday of the month, from 10 am to 1 pm. The last one of 2019 is on Sunday 15th of December. We'll keep going in 2020: Sunday January 19th Sunday February 16th Sunday March 15th A big “thank you” to all of you who...

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Birthday Bonanza!

I think I speak for everyone who came to on our 3rd Anniversary Whale & Dolphin Eco Safari when I say the day couldn't have been any better... the company of all mammals (people included) was amazing, with two orca, one of them breaching, which is a rare...

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3rd Birthday Celebration!

Thank you for all you’ve done for Matuku Link over the past three years– donating time, energy, money, materials, ideas, equipment, plants and so much more! To thank you we invite you to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of Matuku Link with us on Saturday 2nd...

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Water works

Just a quick update on our research and collaborations: we've been working with Auckland Zoo on the monitoring on rats, which is great, especially in the long term, to see how we are tracking with our predator control. We all know creating a safe habitat...

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Spring Working Bees

Our working bees are always on the Third Sunday of the month, from 10 am to 1 pm. The next ones are: Sunday October 20th Sunday November 17th Sunday December 15th A big “thank you” to all of you who have came along before, and a big “welcome” to new...

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We'd love to keep you posted of our upcoming activities, the parties we throw, opportunities to help out and share the beautiful pictures of birds and plants we've noticed. Our monthly newsletter will do just that! Hope to hear from you or see you soon out...

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Girl Power!

For the third year in a row, the Girl Guides came to help us! Some of the plants the girls planted as little saplings three years ago, were now twice the girl's height! After a short welcome by myself, an introduction on mammals and predator control by...

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Celebrate Conservation Week

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...

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The financial backstory

Mortgage free in 3 years, for a $2,040.000 property? The trustees of the Matuku Reserve Trust had it on their wish list, and their wish came true, with the help of many parties along the way. This is the story of an Auckland unicorn... The story starts over fifteen...

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A picture is worth…

... a thousand words? Even more in our case I image, as it is very hard to describe a leaf of a tree, a rare bird or the energy of a group of volunteers. That is why we are extremely blessed to have not one, not two but THREE semi-professional photographers in our...

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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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