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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/G1323
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: RNZIH - Auckland Branch
Registration Category: Historic tree – Local interest
General Notes:
This stand of ancient pohutukawa known as Te Uru Tapu or the Sacred Grove is significant to local Maori as the group of trees are a continuous living link to ancestors and centuries of occupation of this site[1].
The significance of Te Uru Tapu is due to the historical practice of placing ancestors’ bodies in the forks of the trees which was the initial part of a process call "secondary burial". Once decomposition was complete the skeletal remains would be removed, cleaned, then taken through a second period of mourning and relocated to another burial site[2]. The decaying nutrients of the dead would ultimately have been taken up by the host tree and therefore they would become a living part of it. Trees and locations such as these were considered highly tapu or sacred (Cadwallader, B.G., 2015).
References:
1) Takapuna Beach Reserve Management Plan, www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, accessed 28 May, 2015
2) http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Mauritania-to-Nigeria/Maori.html accessed 28 May, 2015

Group Details

Group Type: Single species
Feature Tree Genus: Metrosideros
Feature Tree Species: excelsa
Feature Tree Common Names: pohutukawa,
QE II Covenanted: No
NZ Indigenous Bush type: Default Value
Given Name: Te Urutapu/The Sacred Grove
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: The group generally appear in good heath although one or two look a bit stressed
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 4
Area Covered: (none)
Group of Tree Type: Commemorative

Observations

Date Observer Action
28 May 2015 RNZIH - Auckland Branch

Location

Lat/Long: -36.784649699911995 / 174.77509019965282
Location Name: Takapune Beach
Address: The Promenade
Suburb: Takapuna
City/Town: North Shore
Region: Auckland
Location Description: At the northern end of Takapuna Beach
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Auckland Council

Images

Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader (RNZIH) 21 May 2015
Brad Cadwallader (RNZIH) 21 May 2015
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