I’m writing this with the sound of large helicopters evacuating people from Muriwai, and in the knowledge half of our Te Henga community residents don’t have power, internet or water – hang in there, our thoughts are with you!

Here at Matuku Link our little wetland did what it needed to do in the flood, however it couldn’t cope with the cyclone – neither did the roads, the hills or the power poles. Hence we’ve sadly decided to

cancel the Wetland Festival

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support and we hope you, your families and communities are supporting each other in these times of extreme climate events.

Annalily van den Broeke

Images by our amazing volunteer photographer Stefan Marks