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Tree Information x

Identifier: AOTA/G1891
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: NZNTT
Registration Category: Historic tree – National interest
General Notes:
This 33 hectare reserve was gifted by Barker Brothers Ltd in 1979 and is one of only two national historic reserves in New Zealand. Hāpūpū is culturally and historically significant because of the unique rākau momori (tree carvings) on the kōpī (karaka) trees, and because of the Moriori archaeological landscape they sit within.

The Moriori were a Polynesian people who migrated to the Chatham Islands sometime before 1500 and adapted a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and a culture unique to the island chain. Part of their culture included the art of rākau momori.
At one time the carvings were widespread but today they are only found on Rēkohu (the main Chatham Island) at this location.

*The trees are called kōpī in the Moriori language however the other common Māori name for the species is karaka (meaning orange).

Group Details

Group Type: Single species
Feature Tree Genus: Corynocarpus
Feature Tree Species: laevigatus
Feature Tree Common Names: karaka,
QE II Covenanted: No
NZ Indigenous Bush type: Default Value
Given Name: Rakau Momori
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: (none)
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 130
Area Covered: (none)
Group of Tree Type: Bush Remnant


Date Observer Action
10 May 2023 NZNTT


Lat/Long: -43.80020834851923 / -176.3530834521118
Location Name: J.M. Barker Hāpūpū National Historic Reserve
Address: Taia Hapupu Road
Suburb: Rēkohu
City/Town: Chatham Islands
Region: Area Outside Territorial Authority
Location Description: The tracks a well sign posted
Public Accessibility: Department of Conservation
Local Authority: Chatham Islands Council


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