Matuku Link




New Zealand


East Asian - Australasian flyway


WLI Oceania


Name of organisation

Matuku Reserve Trust

Funding support

Philanthropy & funders

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year

1000 students, 600 other visitors (groups, volunteers etc)

Overall aims of the centre

Restoration, protection, education and inspiration of our community conservation wetland project

Description of the centre

37 hectares of bush and wetland, supporting nationally endangered species like Matuku-hūrepo (bittern), pateke (brown teal), puweto (spotless crake). Activities: wetland education program for local primary schools, weekly and monthly working bees focusing on weeding & planting, plant nursery work, World Rivers Day Kayak tour, World Wetland Open Day, many outreach and community events.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Monthly e-newsletter, daily social media (Instagram and Facebook), Wetland Education Program for primary schools, hosting guided walks for all ages, events like Stream Life by Night, Bug Hunt, Open Days.

Top three successes

Pest control: rat numbers reduced to low levels
Revegetation of former paddocks almost completed with ecosourced plants grown in our own onsite nursery
Education program well established and successful

Top three challenges

We could do better with our onsite signage, we are still considering how to expand our area and our reach.


Interpretation techniques

Producing written materials; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Working with primary schools; Developing resources / materials


Running effective administration; Fund-raising; Project planning.


111 Bethells Road, Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand

+64 0212207136

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