Native tree planting marks coronation in Ōpōtiki
On the weekend of 6 and 7 May, local councils across New Zealand will plant native trees as part of He Rā Rākau Tītapu – King Charles III Coronation Plantings. Ōpōtiki District Council is joining this national initiative with a tree planting and plaque on Moody Place at 10am on Saturday 6 May.
Deputy Mayor, Shona Browne said that the event would be a chance to recognise the formal coronation ceremony and also pay tribute to the huge contribution of volunteers across the community.
“A few members of our community might remember some of the events that marked the queen’s coronation almost exactly 70 years ago. Certainly there are many trees throughout the country that were planted in her name so long ago. But for most of us, this is the first and only coronation we have ever known.
“Nationally, through the coronation events, we have been invited to pay particular attention to those in our community who volunteer and give so much that benefits all of us. The uncountable hours that volunteers give for young people, the environment, sports, arts and wellbeing. We are so very grateful.
“We’ll be planting a native tree and having a scone or two on Saturday and anyone is most welcome to join us,” the Deputy Mayor said