‘SIG­NIF­I­CANT EVENT’

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

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.’’

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