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Matuku Link

Closing the gap – Linking untouched kauri forest, a river valley, wetlands and the sea.

 

Off to a flying start

In November 2016 the Matuku Reserve Trust was able to buy 37 hectares of bush and wetland, naming it “Matuku Link”, after an intensive fundraising campaign. Buying it ensured the safety of the wildlife and forms a vital connection by linking neighbouring eco-restoration projects Ark in the Park; Habitat te Henga and the Forest & Bird reserve Matuku. Over 90% of New Zealand’s wetlands have been drained or filled yet on Auckland’s doorstep is Te Henga wetland, largest in the region.

Matuku Link, bordering the Te Henga wetland, is a large native forest block in Auckland’s Bethell’s valley. It is a home to rare wetland species such as bittern, crakes, pateke as well as to native bats along the river and the raupo. The kauri and the kahikatea are a home to many bush birds like kereru, fantail, tui, ruru, tomtits and recently even a rare robin was seen.

In the first year almost a hundred volunteers worked for 4000+ hours with predator control, enhancing biodiversity by plugging the drains and planting over 1500 trees, shrubs and grasses. And we’re going strong! Coming months we’re trying to finish the nursery, where the next generation of eco-sourced plants will be grown for planting in winter, we’ll be working with Unitec students on the restoration of our barn into a wetland display/education centre, with $85,125 from the Million Dollar Mission for materials.

Hands-on volunteering

Our regular working bees are every Third Sunday of the month, starting at 10 am and finishing at 1 pm with a shared lunch (optional). Depending on the season and the weather, it will be nursery work, weeding and planting. More info here.

During the week, other volunteers work hard on raising funds, spreading the word and education. If you’d like to join us or come to a working bee, please get in touch.

Helping out in other ways

And nothing is possible without our valued funders, donors and supporters.
To succeed with all of our plans, we’d like you to join us: as a volunteer or as a donor: Kiwibank account 3890 18003 9553 01.
Matuku Reserve Trust is a charitable trust so any donation over $5 is tax deductible. Thank you to our many generous sponsors and individuals who have helped us with in kind or financial contributions! See the full list here.

Bats

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

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

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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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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