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Tree Information x

Identifier: HBR/G1934
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
The Napier-Taradale area has well known collections of Phoenix palms, prompting one newspaper editorial on the story of these palms to comment, ‘this palm-amenity is part of Napier’s southern-California Art Deco schtick’ [1]. This does not mean however that the palms cannot fall prey to arguments for removal, which is what happened to five of the original ten palms along Church Rd and in front of Taradale Primary School. Originally planted on Arbor day in New Zealand centennial year 1940, five of the palms immediately in front of the school were removed in April 2018 due to arguments that they obscured the sight of parents picking up schoolchildren, and due to risks from falling fronds [2]. There was resistance from some local residents, one pointing out that there had been no recorded accidents from frond-fall, but ultimately the Napier City Council acted on the concerns of the school board and removed the five palms in front of the school [3]. At least the remaining five, at 83 years, are healthy and well-maintained, still contributing to Napier’s ‘palm-amenity’ (Lloyd, M., 2023).

1. ‘Editorial No qualms about felling palms’, Hawkes Bay Today, 20 April, 2018.
2. ‘School speaks out on felled phoenix palms’, Hawkes Bay Today, 19 April, 2018.
3. ‘Save our trees, Taradale residents plead’, Hawkes Bay Today, 17 April, 2018.

Group Details

Group Type: Single species
Feature Tree Genus: Phoenix
Feature Tree Species: canariensis
Feature Tree Common Names: Canary Island date palm, phoenix palm
QE II Covenanted: No
NZ Indigenous Bush type: Default Value
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: Arbor Day 1940
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 84 years
Tree Health Description: excellent
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 5
Area Covered: 500 metres
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
19 Nov 2023 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -39.53509941842012 / 176.84377181530002
Location Name: Church Rd
Address: Taradale
City/Town: Taradale
Region: Hawke's Bay
Location Description: suburban street and school frontage
Public Accessibility: Road Reserve
Local Authority: Napier City Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 15 Oct 2023
Michael Lloyd 15 Oct 2023
Michael Lloyd 15 Oct 2023
Google maps 19 Jun 2015
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