Trees will once again grace Auckland’s One Tree Hill after a 16-year absence.
On June 11, iwi, Auckland Council and community representatives will hold a public dawn ceremony at which a small grove of nine young to¯tara and pohutukawa will be planted.
It’s hoped that after 10 years, arborists will be able to pick a single tree to rise atop Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill’s summit, or tihi.
In 2000, the summit’s famous monterey pine – immortalised in U2’s hit song One Tree Hill – was removed following a 1999 chainsaw attack by Maori activist Mike Smith.
Maunga authority chairman Paul Majurey says the tree planting would be a ‘‘significant event’’.
‘‘[It is] another milestone for mana whenua following the return of Maungakiekie to them in the 2014 landmark Tamaki Collective Treaty settlement, and is a historic moment for Auckland.’’