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Summer Search and Rescue

Summer Search and Rescue

No swimming skills required for our Search and Rescue missions! We're just asking you to help us find our plants, identified by a white stick in a sea of weeds. And then use a shark (flax knife) to release them from being...

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Walk Open Times

Walk Open Times

With Minister Poto Williams opening our bridge and accessible walkway last week, we can now invite people to test it out. It is NOT a concrete, flat path though! It is part boardwalk and part gravel, which might not suit all wheels. As we are a tiny team, we're not...

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First Walk and Wheel!

First Walk and Wheel!

What a day... a bright summer day in Spring, with all of our funders, friends, supporters, volunteers to celebrate the opening of our accessible bridge and walkway, by our very own Minister of Conservation and Disability Issues Poto Williams! Trustee John Staniland...

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Bridge Opening by Minister

Bridge Opening by Minister

Auckland’s first accessible wetland - the doctor, the duck and the walkway Minister of Conservation and Disability Issues Poto Williams is perfectly placed to be opening the first accessible wetland boardwalk in Auckland’s largest wetland, built by Jobs4Nature, on...

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Holiday Program!

Holiday Program!

Do you love the outdoors? Have you always wanted to spend a day discovering everything a wetland has to offer? Matuku Link is excited to invite children aged 7-12 to our inaugural Holiday Programme Day on the 12th October! You will have a great time exploring and...

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Holiday Programme

Holiday Programme

Do you love the outdoors? Have you always wanted to spend a day discovering everything a wetland has to offer? Matuku Link is excited to invite children aged 7-12 to our inaugural Holiday Programme Day on the 12th October! You will have a great time exploring and...

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No bridge too far

No bridge too far

Many years ago John Sumich needed to cross over the Waitakere River to release the first batch of 20 pateke (brown teal) in the Te Henga wetland. He asked Fulton Hogan in Ranui if they might have a bridge, and they did: a 71 meter long one! John politely declined and...

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Bird banding

Bird banding

Under the expert guidance of Stephen Davies and James Russell, a number of us have been getting up really early to learn how to "band birds". This involves catching the birds in mist nets and gently giving them a tiny metal bracelet around their leg. The bird is...

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Birthday, Bridge, Birds, Beer

Birthday, Bridge, Birds, Beer

Join us for our Birthday Bash! Our fifth anniversary was just after last  year's longest lockdown, so we had to skip it... a great reason to do a much bigger party this sixth year. There is also much more to celebrate: our accessible walkway, our education program,...

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Fundraising Film

Fundraising Film

Has it been six years already? Yes it has! Four trustees bought Matuku Link in November 2016 and we've been fundraising ever since... this time we hope to welcome you at our Fundraising Film Night - the incredible documentary on New Zealand wetlands "Rohe Kōreporepo -...

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Welcome Leah!

Welcome Leah!

Kia ora! I'm Leah Nielsen and I'm excited to be joining Matuku Link as the new educator. I come from a teaching background, having taught primary school in both New Zealand and the UK, but my passion is the environment and wildlife. I love learning about the natural...

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Secrets of our streams

Secrets of our streams

Secrets of our streams Aquatic species largely go unseen in our streams and wetlands. Many of them have fascinating life cycles linked to the moon and tides. At Matuku Link we have been surveying our waterways to discover which species are currently found here, and...

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Education initiation

Education initiation

A great team of students from Kelston Intermediate came out to Matuku Link to experience our very first Wetland Education Program session - Te kaupapa rohe koreporepo. This all boys team lead by kaiako John and his colleagues were super engaged with all we shared with...

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Many hands plant a lot!

Many hands plant a lot!

If it was the tiny bit of desperation that shone through my call for planters last Sunday, or the fact it was a sunny day after two weeks of rain, if it was the School Holidays or if it is the yummy food shared... whatever the reason, we had a HUGE team of helpers to...

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Wetland Book Launch

Wetland Book Launch

Waitakere Book Launch of Life in the Shallows - by the National Wetland Trust of New Zealand ceo Karen Denyer on Sunday 24th of July at 10 am. Hot drinks and nibbles will await our guests, before Karen will start her talk about the people, the work and the...

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Driving Piles

Driving Piles

Spiral Drilling Civic not only donated the HUGE piles that are needed to support the bridge on the north side of the river, they also supplied the machinery which came on a HUGE truck and most importantly the experts who knew how to ram those piles exactly where the...

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Job vacancy

Job vacancy

 Job Description – LEAD EDUCATOR at Matuku Link – apply now! Matuku Link is a 37 hectare bush and wetland area in Te Henga (Bethells), West Auckland. The land has been bought by the Matuku Reserve Trust in November 2016 after a seven-month period of intense...

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Mazda support

Mazda support

Matuku Link is a wetland conservation, protection, and education project in the Waitakere River Valley, located in Auckland largest wetland, Te Henga. The program has a strong focus on environmental science and acknowledgement of mātauranga Māori. It received a grant...

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Nursery Tuesdays

Nursery Tuesdays

Welcome to our Nursery Tuesdays - our weekly session at Matuku Link for people who love plants. If you haven't been before, please REGISTER here. no need to bring your own gloves and spades, but if you do: everything needs to be squeaky clean because of kauri dieback...

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Banded Rail release

Banded Rail release

OFF THE RAILS And yes they were off but not as fast as you might have thought. Last week three moho peruru  [banded rails] were released at Matuku Link having been raised as day-olds by BirdCare Aotearoa. Two brought into a house by the family cat, and the other...

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One bird in the hand

One bird in the hand

...is another bird with a band! Stephen Davies, experienced and knowledgeable bird bander, decided Matuku Link would be a good place to band birds for several reasons: it is a easy to access which makes it less time consuming setting up and taking down the mist nets,...

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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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