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Source: Whangarei District Council

This page contains a news story about the mini-project of moving trees from the former RSA grounds to Maunu Cemetery so they are not damaged by construction of the new Civic Centre building.

Updated: 23/09/2020 4:04 p.m.

Maunu Cemetery has welcomed three mature trees to their new Returned and Services Association (RSA) section, having been translocated from the civic building site on Rust Avenue.

The two olive trees and one cherry tree are recognised as trees of significance by the RSA, and have been moved to their new site along with their commemorative plaques. 

Kevin Peachey, President of the Whangarei RSA, supports the translocation of the three trees.

“As President of the Whangārei RSA, I identified these trees as being of particular importance to our Returned and Services community. I thank Whangarei District Council for their careful translocation, as they commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in both the Korean War (1950-53) and the 12-day Battle for Crete (1941).

“I am very happy that these trees are now in a place where they will thrive, giving those who visit a deeper appreciation for the sacrifice made by so many.”

Cemetery and Botanica Manager Stephen Jenkins is also pleased to have the trees onsite.

“These three trees are a perfect fit for Maunu Cemetery’s new RSA section. They’ve handled the move incredibly well, and we’re all keeping a close eye on them to make sure they continue to flourish in their new environment. 

“They add a sense of historical significance to our new RSA section. They’re valued by us all, and we know our visitors will enjoy them as much as we do.” 

The commemorative plaques have been carefully removed from the new civic building site and are being refurbished, before being placed alongside the trees in their new location.  

Other trees at the new civic building site, including the pohutukawa trees along Rust Avenue, will be carefully managed throughout the construction process.