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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/G1958
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: RNZIH - Auckland Branch
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
On 11 October 1946 a row of 15 memorial tōtara trees was planted along the road frontage of the Waiuku District High School. Wooden crosses were placed at the foot of each tree. In 1949 these were replaced by bronze memorial plaques, one in memory of each the 11 past students of the school who had died on active service during the Second World War, one in honour of the fallen of each of the three armed services, and one as a tribute to members of the home forces. These were unveiled on 23 October 1949, during the school’s silver jubilee celebrations, along with a rimu tablet listing 103 past students who had served in the armed forces during the war.

In 1962 the former District High School buildings were taken over by Waiuku Primary School (the site is today known as View Road School).

The whereabouts of the rimu roll of honour is unknown; it may have been lost when the old school building caught fire in 1985. The tōtara trees still stand on either side of the entrance. Some years ago, because of the risk of vandalism, the plaques were moved to a new position behind the school flagpole. In 1995 they were moved again, to a low, curved, brick-built memorial wall erected in a garden on one side of the school quadrangle. Mosaics created by pupils of the school were set at the base of the wall.

The individual plaques are here transcribed in alphabetical order (each name is preceded by the words ‘In memory of’): Sgt. L.N. Atkinson N.Z. 4310154; P/O M.E. Barriball N.Z. 42358; Lieut. B.B.S. Catran 23716; F/Sgt. L.L.A. Craig N.Z. 411376; F/Sgt. H.E. Godfrey 405482; Sgt. W.H. Hood NZ 413417; Pte R.L.E. Jerram 21580; F/Sgt. J.M. Knight NZ4210031; Sgt. M.M.J. Kraljevich N.Z. 403458; Sgt. D.M.L. McKenzie N.Z. 414726; P/O. W.S. Masters N.Z. 421077. The remaining plaques commemorate the fallen of the RNZN, the fallen of the 2nd NZEF, the fallen of the RNZAF, and the members of the Home Forces (Image and information: Bruce Ringer, Auckland Libraries, 2014).

Sources: 'Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony on Friday', Waiuku News, 8/10/1946, p. 9, col. 2; 'A Kindly Tribute to Fallen Past Pupils', Waiuku News, 18/10/1946, p. 2; ‘Roll of Honour: Unveiled at Waiuku D.H.S.’, Waiuku News, 28/10/1949, p. 6; D.H. Burt, Due Honour: 125 Years of Education in Waiuku, South Auckland, Waiuku, 1973, p. 11; Clyde and Jean Hamilton, Four Strong Wind: A History of Schooling at View Road, Waiuku, Waiuku, 1991, pp. 46-8; ‘Everything They Did They Did for Us’, Barnacle Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 4, May 1995, p. 20.

'Waiuku school memorial trees', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 22-Apr-2022

Keywords: ANZAC

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: Waiuku School Memorial Trees
Actual Planting Date: Oct 1946
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 78 years
Tree Health Description: In good health
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 15
Area Covered: (none)
Group of Tree Type: Commemorative


Date Observer Action
25 Apr 2024 RNZIH - Auckland Branch


Lat/Long: -37.24712284443452 / 174.73289175774158
Location Name: View Road School
Address: View Road
Suburb: Waiuku
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: Planted either side of the entrance to the car park.
Public Accessibility: School/University
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Bruce Ringer, Auckland Libraries, 2014 25 Feb 2014
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