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Tree Information x

Identifier: MWR/1218
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:

Pryce's Rahui Reserve is a bush remnant administered by the Royal Forest and Bird Protection society. The reserve was gifted by E O Pryce in 1941 and subsequently incorporated into Forest and Bird in 1961.

Located on a fluvial terrace of the Rangitikei River, the reserve is dominated by kahikatea, with some rimu and matai emerging over a mixed broadleaf canopy.

Walking guidebooks have noted the presence of a large matai in the reserve. Located near the north-east border of the reserve, the matai is certainly an impressive specimen. There are a few other large specimens in the vicinity, but not with the same girth (Smillie, 2014).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Prumnopitys
Species: taxifolia
Common names: mataī, black pine
Height: 34.10m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: Straight shot up to a sparse upper branch.
Girth: 540 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 171.9 cm
Crown Spread A: 20.50m
Crown Spread B: 20.50m
Avg. Crown Spread: 20.50m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Some rot in the trunk and a missing leader
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: A short, squat trunk showing signs of fusion between the main leaders. The girth may be influenced by this low branching.
Champion Tree Score: 341
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
26 Apr 2014 Smillie, M.J.


Lat/Long: -39.98501446330711 / 175.60246534501948
Location Name: Pryce's Rahui Reserve
Address: Putorino Road
City/Town: Rata
Region: Manawatu
Location Description: Near the north-east corner of the reserve on the yellow loop track, in a relatively sparse grove of tawa. About 30 minutes walk in either direction from the entrance. The track can be somewhat indistinct underfoot.
Public Accessibility: Trust Administered Park/Garden
Local Authority: Rangitikei District Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 26 Apr 2014
Matt Smillie 26 Apr 2014
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