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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/G1949
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: General tree/s
General Notes:
Given the current ‘pest’ status of Phoenix palms in Auckland this cluster of five in Waikaraka Park, Onehunga, presents an interesting snapshot of changes in attitudes across time. As reported in the New Zealand Herald [1] in 1940 two of these palms, then 13 years old, were ‘offered to the borough by Mrs M. Cole … because they blocked the sunshine from the front of her home’. The offer was taken up and they were transplanted to the gates of Waikaraka Park. The historic photo [2] shows four palms of the same size, and a stone entrance way donated by Mrs Hayward. As the google images show, the stone entrance way has now disappeared, but the palms remain, just showing that sometimes trees outlive built stone structures. Also, a fifth palm was added at a later date (Lloyd, M., 2024) .
1. ‘Local and general’, New Zealand Herald, 8 August, 1940, p. 8.
2. ‘Waikaraka Park, Neilsen Street, Onehunga’, Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 957-347. (undated, but possibly circa 1940)

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: Aug 1940
Approx. Planting Date: 13 years old at transplant
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 84 years
Tree Health Description: very good
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 5
Area Covered: 50 metres
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
31 Jan 2024 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -36.92681527635874 / 174.79522663354876
Location Name: Waikaraka Park
Address: Cnr. Neilson & Alfred Streets
Suburb: Onehunga
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: Situated at the north-west entrance.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Google Maps (streetview) 20 Feb 2023
Google Maps (street view) 20 Feb 2023
Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 957-347 (undated) 01 Jan 1940
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