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Tree Information x

Identifier: WKR/G1784
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Hair, D. J.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
Kaihere school was originally established in a woolshed in 1914, later in 1923 an additional room was built. By 1939 a new site was purchased, and in 1940 the current three-roomed school was erected. Mr. Howard McGowan, served as school principal from 1934–1943.

The origin of these of oaks follow McGowan writing to various Commonwealth countries around the world asking for acorns which would be planted around the grounds. Acorns were subsequently received from; The New Forest, Windsor Castle (England), Cardiff (Wales), Edinburgh, Balmoral Castle (Scotland), Portadown, Dublin (Ireland), Ottawa (Canada), Suva Cricket Grounds (Fiji), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Melbourne (Australia) and Waitangi. These were carefully germinated and in 1940, at one year old, were planted along the boundary of the new school site to commemorate New Zealand’s Centenary (Hair, D. J., 2021).

The History of Kaihere School & District (2014) 100th Jubilee, Compiled & edited by Tracey Spence & published by the Kaihere School 100th Jubilee Committee

Group Details

Group Type: Single species
Feature Tree Genus: Quercus
Feature Tree Species: robur
Feature Tree Common Names: English oak, common oak, oak
QE II Covenanted: No
NZ Indigenous Bush type: Default Value
Given Name: The Centenary Oaks
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: 1940
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 84 years
Tree Health Description: Excellent health
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 26
Area Covered: .92 acres
Group of Tree Type: Commemorative


Date Observer Action
04 Dec 2021 Hair, D. J.


Lat/Long: -37.37174389841355 / 175.41997808039744
Location Name: Kaihere School
Address: 1115b State Highway 27
City/Town: Kaihere
Region: Waikato
Location Description: The school and grounds are situated near the top of an incline on SH 27, on the left side when heading south, opposite Ohinewai road.
Public Accessibility: School/University
Local Authority: Hauraki District Council


Preview Credit Date
Daniel Hair 04 Dec 2021
Daniel Hair 23 Nov 2021
Daniel Hair 23 Nov 2021
Daniel Hair 23 Nov 2021
Daniel Hair 23 Nov 2021
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