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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/1820
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Barker, K. P. Brochner O.H.L, J Kirker
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
The Opaheke Reserve in Papakura has a few nice podocarp trees alongside Otūwairoa / Slippery Creek worth a closer look. Amongst a few dozen tōtara up to 4.5 m in girth are a few kahikatea and mataī trees. This tree is the largest of 3 mataī in one part of the reserve. Mataī are now a rarity around the Auckland Isthmus. The tree is located near the creek and nearby is a wetland area where bird species like poaka (pied stilt), weweia (dabchick), white-faced heron and waterfowl are common. There is also a sportsground on the higher ground to the northeast (Barker, K.P., 2022).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Prumnopitys
Species: taxifolia
Common names: mataī, black pine
Height: 19.50m
Height measurement method: Nikon Forestry Pro
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 248 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 78.9 cm
Crown Spread A: 11.50m
Crown Spread B: 10.50m
Avg. Crown Spread: 11.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: In good health.
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Tree is still growing and not fully mature.
Champion Tree Score: 171
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
14 Aug 2022 Barker, K. P., Brochner, O.H.L, & Kirker, J.


Lat/Long: -37.088004966849624 / 174.94951500068592
Location Name: Opaheke reserve
Address: 165 Opaheke Road Opahehe Auckland 2584
Suburb: Papakura
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: Local council park
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Kevin Barker 14 Aug 2022
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