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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/1961
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: RNZIH - Auckland Branch
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
On 19 July 1919 the Reverend W.C. Wood planted an acorn in the Papakura School grounds as a contribution to the local peace celebrations.

This ‘peace oak’ was intended not so much as a war memorial as a symbolic commemoration of peace and victory. The inscription on the concrete scroll installed at the foot of the tree reads: "Acorn planted by / Rev. W. C. Wood / On July 19 1919 / To commemorate / Peace and victory / After the Great War / Aug 5 1914 - Jan 10 1920".

The latter date marks the day the Treaty of Versailles came into force and the League of Nations came into existence. The tree and plaque can still be seen near the north-western boundary of what is now Central Park, within view of the Papakura-Karaka First World War memorial (Bruce Ringer, Auckland Libraries, 2013).

'Papakura peace oak', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 17-Feb-2017

Single Tree Details

Genus: Quercus
Species: robur
Common names: English oak, common oak, oak
Given Name: Papakura Peace Oak
Height: 22.00m
Height measurement method: Estimated
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 0 cm
Girth measurement height: 0 m
Girth Comments: Not measured
Diameter: 0 cm
Crown Spread A: 18.00m
Crown Spread B: 18.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 18.00m
Actual Planting Date: Jul 1919
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 105 years
Tree Health Description: Appears in good health
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 87
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
25 Apr 2024 RNZIH - Auckland Branch


Lat/Long: -37.06608309233184 / 174.94404570003053
Location Name: Central Park
Address: Wood Street
Suburb: Papkura
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: In the NW corner beside Great South Road
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Bruce Ringer, Auckland Libraries, 2013 25 Feb 2013
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