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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/1734
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
In late 1918 and early 1919 General
Paul Pau, a French solider, toured Australia and New Zealand on a post-war diplomatic visit. As part of that visit, he toured the forestry workings in West Auckland, hosting a picnic at Anawhata and witnessing the felling of a large kauri tree [1]. To celebrate this visit, a large tree on Forest Hill Road was named “General Pau” in his honour. That honour lasted only a brief moment, as no reference to the tree by that name has been found past the visit and a photograph from the 1920s [2].

The tree was reasonably well-known, being the subject of a photograph before the General’s visit, and mentioned in a newspaper article nominating this tree and a smaller neighboring tree “near the top of the Forest Hill road…”, along with Clark’s and Bishop’s Kauri in Titirangi (see AR/1443 and AR/1443) as being the closest remaining “big” kauri to Auckland proper [3].

The tree is on private property, and on the Auckland Council’s list of notable trees, but can be glimpsed looking east down into Oratia valley from Forest Hill Road, at the headwaters of Potter Stream (Smillie, M.J., 2021).

[1] “Our French Visitors,” Auckland Star, p. 6, 27 January 1919.
[2] W. Beattie, THE GENERAL PAU KAURI, NIHOTUPU. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections JTD-14F-02126, circa 1920.
[3] “Bushman's Craft: Logging at Titirangi,” Auckland Star, p. 8, 9 September 1932.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Agathis
Species: australis
Common names: kauri,
Given Name: General Pau
Height: 32.20m
Height measurement method: LIDAR
Height Comments: From 2016-2018 Auckland North Lidar data
Girth: 786 cm
Girth measurement height: 2 m
Girth Comments: Estimated from scaling diameter from old images, not directly measured.
Diameter: 250.2 cm
Crown Spread A: 30.00m
Crown Spread B: 31.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 30.50m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Appears to be in good health via Google Streetview, but may have lost the top branches since the 1920s
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Straight bole some 15 m tall.
Champion Tree Score: 440
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
21 Mar 2021 Smillie, M.J.


Lat/Long: -36.923235254399565 / 174.58370778962131
Location Name:
Address: 310 Forest Hill Road
Suburb: Waiatarua
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: The tree is on private property, but can be seen from Forest Hill Road at the given location with care on the tight and twisty road, or more easily via Google Streetview
Public Accessibility: Private Bush
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 02 Apr 2021
J T Diamond Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections JTD-13F-01796 01 Nov 1962
William Beattie Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections JTD-14F-02126 01 Jan 1920
James Richardson Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 4-1535 01 Jan 1914
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