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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/G1323
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: RNZIH - Auckland Branch
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – 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).
1) Takapuna Beach Reserve Management Plan,, accessed 28 May, 2015
2) accessed 28 May, 2015

Group Details

Group Type: Single species
Feature Tree Genus: Metrosideros
Feature Tree Species: excelsa
Feature Tree Common Names: pōhutukawa,
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


Date Observer Action
28 May 2015 RNZIH - Auckland Branch


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


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