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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/G1957
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: RNZIH - Auckland Branch
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
On 9 March 1951 an avenue of tōtara trees planted in memory of all the district’s fallen was unveiled at a newly formed entrance to the Clevedon A & P showgrounds on Monument Road. The memorial also paid tribute to men from the district who had served in the New Zealand Wars, South African War, First World War and Second World War.

On either side of the avenue two low structures of rough-hewn stone blocks were erected, each mounted on a concrete base and framing marble tablets. Both tablets were inscribed with the RSA logo. The left-hand tablet read (in capitals): "They served in / New Zealand, 1845-1870. Africa, 1899 – 1902. / World War I, 1914 – 1918. World War 2, 1939 – 1945. / And other imperial campaigns." The right-hand tablet read: "Avenue of Remembrance / A tōtara grows here dedicated to each deceased / resident who served in the armed forces of the Crown / overseas during hostilities or in the Maori wars."

Clevedon, then known as Wairoa South, was the site of several armed engagements during the Waikato War. Many of its men enlisted in the Wairoa Rifle Volunteers. The district sent nine men to the South African War, all of whom returned. Eighteen local men gave their lives in the First World War and nine in the Second (the district’s First World War memorial obelisk and Second World War memorial boulder stand in a small park near the western entrance to Clevedon village).

It is unknown how many totara trees were originally planted, but today there are a total of 63. The avenue of remembrance, which for some years served as the main entrance to the Clevedon showgrounds, is currently Gate no. 4.

C.C. Munro, Clevedon Centennial, 1952, p. 35; Fraser Murray, Yesteryears: Book Two, 2009, p. 216.

'Clevedon Avenue of Remembrance', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 17-Feb-2017

Keywords: ANZAC, World War

Group Details

Group Type: Single species
Feature Tree Genus: Podocarpus
Feature Tree Species: totara
Feature Tree Common Names: tōtara,
QE II Covenanted: No
NZ Indigenous Bush type: Default Value
Given Name: Clevedon Avenue of Remembrance
Actual Planting Date: Mar 1951
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 73 years
Tree Health Description: In good health.
Local Protection Status: Unknown
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 63
Area Covered: (none)
Group of Tree Type: Commemorative


Date Observer Action
25 Apr 2024 RNZIH - Auckland Branch


Lat/Long: -37.002071499869515 / 175.04087470615997
Location Name: Clevedon A & P showgrounds
Address: 107 Monument Road
Suburb: Clevedon
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: 100m south of the bowling club.
Public Accessibility: Trust Administered Park/Garden
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Google Maps 2023 25 Mar 2023
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