He Rā Rākau Tītapu – King Charles III Coronation Plantings
On the weekend of 6 and 7 May, local councils across New Zealand planted native trees as part of He Rā Rākau Tītapu – King Charles III Coronation Plantings.
A national event was held at the Auckland Domain, on the lawn beneath Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, at 1pm on Sunday 7 May. The public were invited to the family-friendly celebration with performances, free ice cream and sapling giveaways.
A list of civic tree-planting events around Aotearoa New Zealand is below. Please contact your local council for further details of the events.
|Whangārei||Laurie Hall Park||9 May, 3pm|
|Auckland||Auckland Domain||7 May, 1pm|
|Thames||Victoria Park||6 May, 10am|
|Ngatea||Hugh Hayward Domain||11 May|
|Paeroa||Paeroa Domain||11 May|
|Waihi||Victoria Park||11 May|
|Te Aroha||Te Aroha Domain||7 May, 10am|
|Morrinsville||Morrinsville Library||6 May, 9am|
|Matamata||Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre||6 May, 10am|
|Hamilton||Ancestral Walk, Hamilton Gardens||6 May, 8am|
|Tauranga||The Historic Village||6 May, 11am|
|Cambridge||Victoria Square||6 May, 9am|
|Te Awamutu||Victoria Park||6 May, 11am|
|Te Puke||Jubilee Park||6 May, 9.30am|
|Ōmokoroa||Gerald Crapp Reserve||6 May, 11.30am|
|Katikati||Diggelmann Park||6 May, 1.30pm|
|Whakatāne||Margaret Mahy Ct||6 May, 8am|
|Ōpōtiki||Moody Place Reserve||6 May, 10am|
|Kawerau||Boyce Park||6 May, 3pm|
|Rotorua||Kuirau Park||4 May, 8.30am|
|Tirau||Tirau Domain||6 May, 11am|
|Ōtorohanga||Windsor Park||6 May, 10am|
|Te Kuiti||Redwood Park||6 May, 11am|
|Taupō||Tongariro South Domain||6 May, 9am|
|Taradale||Centennial Park||5 May, 8.30am|
|Waipukurau||A'Deane Park||7 May, 11am|
|Woodville||Fountaine Square||6 May, 10.30am|
|Palmerston North||Victoria Esplanade||6 May, 11am|
|Levin||Thompson House Park||6 May, 11am|
|Masterton||Queen Elizabeth Park||6 May, 10am|
|Carterton||Sparks Park||6 May, 9am|
|South Wairarapa||Lake Domain Reserve||6 May, 2pm|
|Waikanae||Ferndale Reserve||3 May, 10.30am|
|Porirua||Aotea Lagoon Rose Garden||6 May, 8am|
|Lower Hutt||Riddiford Gardens||7 May, 9am|
|Wellington||Treehouse, Wellington Botanic Gardens||6 May, 2pm|
|Nelson||Queens Gardens||6 May, 10am|
|Blenheim||Seymour Square||6 May, 11am|
|Reefton||King George Park||6 May, 11am|
|Greymouth||Grey District Council Grounds|
|Amberley||Eastern Reserve||5 May, 2pm|
|Prebbleton||Kahaka Reserve||10 May, 12pm|
|Ashburton||Royal Lawn, Ashburton Reserve||6 May, 9am|
|Alexandra||Pioneer Park||5 May, 10am|
|Timaru||Timaru Botanic Gardens||6 May, 11am|
|Waimate||Knottingley Park & Arboretum||6 May, 11am|
|Ōamaru||Ōamaru Public Gardens||6 May, 10am|
|Ōmarama||Ōmarama Memorial Hall||6 May, 10am|
|Palmerston||Palmerston Centennial Park||6 May, 11am|
|Queenstown||Queenstown Gardens||6 May, 10am|
|Dunedin||Dunedin Botanic Garden||6 May, 11am|
|Balclutha||Clutha District Council grounds||4 May, 12.45pm|
|Invercargill||Queens Park||6 May, 11am|
Buildings and landmarks across Aotearoa New Zealand were lit up in purple lights over the Coronation weekend. Below is a selection of locations.
- Vector Lights on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge
- Sky Tower
- Te Ara I Whiti – The Lightpath
- Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Eden Park
- PWC Tower
- Westfield Newmarket
- Civic Theatre
- Aotea Centre
- Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour
- Parliament Buildings
- Michael Fowler Centre
- Wellington East Girls College
Other towns, including Dunedin, Hawera and Gore, also had illuminations over the weekend.
The New Zealand Defence Force fired gun salutes from Devonport and Point Jerningham, Wellington, at midday on Sunday 7 May to acknowledge the Coronation.
Other Coronation events
- Coronation Concert: Organ recital with Colin Andrews - Friday 5 May at 6pm
- Cathedral Choir, Vic Voices & brass ensemble performing Coronation music - Saturday 6 May 6 at 6pm
- Screening of King Charles III Coronation - Sunday 7 May time TBC
- Coronation Evensong followed by high tea - Sunday 7 May at 4pm
A service in Auckland celebrating the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral at 5pm on Sunday 7 May. The service is being organised by the Cathedral and Auckland City Council.
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Napier celebrates the coronation of King Charles III with a right royal sing-in on Saturday 29 April, including grand anthems and hymns sung at previous coronations of British Kings and Queens.
The Academy has invited artists to submit fine artworks for this special exhibition to mark the Coronation and continue a long tradition of artists commemorating moments in history. On show in Wellington from 21 April to 21 May 2023.
South Taranaki LibraryPlus Coronation events
Visit the Eltham, Kaponga, Hawera or Pātea LibraryPlus locations between 1-6 May for a range of Coronation events. Activities include high teas, Craft a Crown, story time, and a 'Remembering the Royals' Senior Hour.
Ceremonial tree planting at Glenside - The Halfway
Planting at historic Halfway House Heritage Garden, Glenside Reserve, Glenside, Wellington at 10.30am on 6 May.