Matuku Link

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$1,260,079 of $1,250,000 goal

Given by 339 generous donors in 2 months

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  • New receipt to be issued     23 February 2017
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    Matuku Link has become a Charitable Trust, so your donations are tax deductible!

    Givealittle will shortly be re-issuing a new receipt for your original donation. The new receipt will have tax deduction status.

    Sorry for any confusion, but this is good news! And more good news is on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/matukulink

    Thank you once again for your donation, the Matuku Link team.

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  • We'll own it tomorrow!     31 October 2016
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    Again, thank you for your amazing generosity! Together we made it happen and tomorrow 37 ha of bush and birds and all its inhabitants will have a new group of kaitiaki to look after this precious piece of wetland and be afforded the protection they need and deserve.

    We’d love you all to come and have celebrate the successful pledge campaign and land purchase will be held once the weather is warmer and the site is drier. This Open Day will be during Waitangi weekend for World Wetland Day in February 2017. We’re looking forward to meeting you there!

    Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you,

    The Matuku Link team: John Sumich, John Staniland, Geoff Davidson, Chad Wilkie, Annalily van den Broeke, Advisory Board members Professor Dianne Brunton, Dr Cate Macinnes-Ng, Stephen Lethbridge, Tim Livingstone and patrons Sir Bob and Lady Barbara Harvey.

    (two morepork / ruru - image by Chris Chadwick)

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  • And we have lift off!     04 October 2016
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    We are a big step closer to our aim of buying the Matuku Link block, thanks to a generous loan of $750.000 with zero interest.

    But we're not out of the woods yet... there is still a serious amount to be raised. Every donation, every $50 or $100 is very much appreciated by us and by the next generation who will be able to wander through the kauri trees and into the wetland, listening to a morning chorus of kereru, kokako, bittern and all the other birds who will thrive in this safe haven.

    Thank you and please keep giving generously, we've got 23 days to go...

    The team at Matuku Link:

    John Sumich, John Staniland, Geoff Davidson, Chad Wilkie, Annalily van den Broeke, Advisory Board members Professor Dianne Brunton, Dr Cate Macinnes-Ng, Stephen Lethbridge, Tim Livingstone and patrons Sir Bob and Lady Barbara Harvey.

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  • Off to a flying start... now aiming for a safe landing.     29 September 2016
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    Dear supporters of Matuku Link,

    Good news! It has been a roller coaster ride the last week, with so many great things happening…we started this campaign with $450,000 from the Native Forest Restoration Trust and $300,000 from the Nature Heritage Fund. Forest & Bird Waitakere and the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society pledged significant amounts as well. And – thanks to you! – our Givealittle campaign has seen over $100k pledged to this project so far!

    We wanted to provide you with an update on how we are going to ensure that all of this wonderful effort all amounts to the successful purchase of the land.

    1. Firstly, we have access to debt facilities and large pledges that mean we can reach our full target – and that also need a little more time to finalise;

    2. Secondly, we are now ready to enter a contract on October 1st to purchase the land;

    3. Thirdly, we will have until October 27th to raise and collect all of the funds needed to complete the purchase.

    Based on the above, we are going to extend the campaign on Givealittle until October 27th. The main reasons for this are:

    1. To continue to allow all supporters of the project to contribute in a way that is meaningful to them

    2. To give us time for the larger pledges we have committed to be recorded towards the campaign (you’ll see these appear on the campaign over the coming weeks – stay tuned!)

    3. Fundamentally to raise as much as possible as donations – so that the debt side of funding the purchase can be reduced.

    Please continue to give generously and circulate the Givealittle campaign among your contacts to enable this beautiful piece of conservation land to be secured for ever… we’re almost there!

    Thank you once again, the Matuku Link team:

    John Sumich, John Staniland, Geoff Davidson, Chad Wilkie, Annalily van den Broeke, Advisory Board members Professor Dianne Brunton, Dr Cate Macinnes-Ng, Stephen Lethbridge, Tim Livingstone and patrons Sir Bob and Lady Barbara Harvey.

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  • Almost $100.000 for our birds!     21 September 2016
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    So many people have been so very generous… that we’re almost at $100.000!

    Combined with the $450.000 from Native Forest Restoration Trust, $350.000 from the Nature Heritage Fund we’re getting closer and closer to our target.

    It might look like “only” 8% at our little counter, but behind the scenes we’re working on some exciting options which could get us to the needed $2 million in the next couple of weeks… so don’t despair, but we still need all the help we can get!

    If you’ve been thinking of donating, or thinking of telling your friends you’ve done it, this would be a good time: just before you get distracted by colleagues, coffee or kids… The birds, the bush and we will be eternally grateful!

    The Matuku Link team:

    John Sumich, John Staniland, Geoff Davidson, Chad Wilkie, Annalily van den Broeke, Advisory Board members Professor Dianne Brunton, Dr Cate Macinnes-Ng, Stephen Lethbridge, Tim Livingstone and patrons Sir Bob and Lady Barbara Harvey.

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  • Forest & Bird Waitakere's $50.000 pledge!     13 September 2016
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    Great news! Forest and Bird, the largest independent conservation organisation "Giving Nature a Voice" supports this crucial link and their local Waitakere Branch has pledged $50.000 towards the purchase of Matuku Link and the extension of predator control between Ark in the Park, Habitat te Henga and Matuku Reserve. Another step towards the protection of our precious native flora and fauna!

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  • Matuku Link on Twitter!     08 September 2016
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    We're now up and running on Twitter!

    Give us a follow - @MatukuLink

    Thanks

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  • Artists inspired by nature     07 September 2016
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    Many artists are inspired by nature: the trees, the birds, the solitude... from Colin McCahon living amongst kauri to Don Binney in the past to Reuben Paterson and John Edgar in the present. They have already pledged their support to our campaign for 37 ha of Bethells bush and wetland!

    And of course superstar Taylor Swift recorded her "Out of the Woods" at Bethells Beach, the other side of our wetland...

    Why don't you join us? www.givealittle.co.nz/project/matukulink

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/76727454/Taylor-Swift-on-filming-Out-of-the-Woods-in-New-Zealand

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  • Donations, big and small     07 September 2016
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    A doctor pledged a day's worth of earnings, a student three flat whites and a very generous businessman a whopping $12k! It shows we all value our forests and wetland, and want to keep our birds and plants safe.

    The value of predator control on public land is obvious in these beautiful kiekie flowers: they are seldom seen as they are truly delectable to possums. Controlling pests as at Ark in the Park allows flowering, pollination and seeding. Matuku Link can achieve the same protection for the small plants- your contribution will help achieve the natural succession when pests are banished.

    Help us help them! If you've already pledged, thank you so much... and maybe you'd like to spread the word by posting it on Facebook, Twitter or just tell your friends? Together we'll get there.

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  • But why save THIS bush and wetland?     03 September 2016
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    Matuku Link is linking Ark in the Park to two other reserves in the Waitakere Ranges.

    Ark in the Park is the highly successful conservation project for the release of endangered species in the Waitakere Ranges, and has the opportunity to extend its protective reach with this large forest block and wetlands: Matuku Link.

    Ark founder and conservationist Dr John Sumich announced that the Matuku Link Trust is seeking funding to link the Bethells Valley property “Matuku Link” to the Ark, the mainland sanctuary which will be celebrating its 15th anniversary of release of wildlife in the Waitakere Ranges.

    The Ark in the Park project, which offers a safe haven to wildlife, has been widely applauded for its success in reintroduction of rare species like kokako, whiteheads and robins. Sumich: “With this new property now available to us, we’ll be able to add the missing link to the corridor from the ridges to the west coast.”

    The project has the support of locals, the local board and environmental groups throughout the region. Sumich says that: “Rare wetland species such as bittern, crakes, pateke will benefit as well as native bats along the river and the raupo while already the kauri and the kahikatea are a home to the kokako, whitehead, & robin re-introduced to the neighbouring Ark in the Park sanctuary. Pest control of this block as is established to its west and its east will ensure a safe haven for native fauna and flora.”

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$1,260,079 of $1,250,000 goal

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