Kowhai to mark Ar­mistice and re­place ear­lier trees

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS WEEKEND - PAM JONES

A HUM­BLE kowhai in Omakau will both hon­our Cen­tral Otago war sac­ri­fice and re­place pre­vi­ous me­mo­rial trees that were re­moved.

Three trees were planted in an area now known as the Deaker St tri­an­gle, in Har­vey St, in about 1938 to hon­our the Ar­mistice and the dis­trict’s con­tri­bu­tion to World War 1, vicar of the Angli­can par­ish of Dun­stan the Rev Penny Sin­na­mon said.

But when power lines that used to be on the other side of the street were shifted to run over the top of the trees, the trees be­came sub­ject to nec­es­sary but ‘‘vig­or­ous’’ reg­u­lar top­ping, she said.

The trees were re­moved sev­eral years ago by Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil con­trac­tors with­out their wartime link hav­ing been known and the area re­planted with sil­ver tus­socks.

Mrs Sin­na­mon said she was ‘‘not cross’’ the trees had been re­moved, as they had be­come ‘‘ugly trees’’, but she wished she had known about their re­moval as cut­tings could pos­si­bly have

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OTEMATATA RANFURLY OAMARU PALMER­STON been taken from them first.

CODC parks team leader Ian Mann said the trees had been in ‘‘poor form’’, and the coun­cil had spo­ken to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Omakau Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the Manuherikia Fu­ture group at the time and ‘‘there was no men­tion of the trees hav­ing been planted to com­mem­o­rate Ar­mistice’’.

Mrs Sin­na­mon said a kowhai tree would be planted near the Deaker St tri­an­gle, in the

Har­vey St re­serve, for Ar­mistice cel­e­bra­tions to­mor­row.

More me­mo­rial trees would be planted next year and pos­si­bly the year af­ter that, she said.

The woman who planted the orig­i­nal trees, Jean Bell, of Gal­loway, would plant the kowhai.

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