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Lone Pine memorials project

Scion, the Crown Research Institute for the forestry and bioproducts sector, has provided approximately 50 seedlings to be planted around New Zealand as First World War memorials. The seedlings, collected from the Turkish red pine (Pinus brutia) at Paeroa Golf Course in 2012, are authenticated descendants of the Gallipoli Lone Pine. They were propagated at Scion’s research nursery by Toby Stovold, a Scion scientist, and have been distributed to RSAs, schools, cenotaphs and gardens as living memorials.

The project began in 2009, when Hawke’s Bay Regional Council offered to donate seedlings from the Paeroa tree to RSAs in the region. Scion decided to expand the project and collected enough seeds to distribute seedlings around New Zealand in time for the Gallipoli centenary in 2015. The Paeroa pine was planted in the 1950s or 1960s from seed a local teacher obtained from the Melbourne Lone Pine tree. This in turn had grown from seeds Australians Sergeant Keith McDowell and Lance-Corporal Benjamin Smith had brought home from Gallipoli after the war.

See related Newshub story and informational video from Scion.

This table gives the known locations of the Lone Pine seedlings distributed by Scion.

Number of seedlingsRegionSiteNotes
2AucklandWaiukuSeedlings were planted at Waiuku’s cenotaph and services cemetery.
1AucklandĀwhitu cenotaph 
1AucklandMāngere Bridge War Memorial Hall 
1AucklandUniversity of AucklandPlanted in the university's conservation area
1Bay of PlentyGovernment Gardens, RotoruaPlanted in front of the cenotaph by Scion's Dr Heidi Dungey and the winners of Rotorua Museum’s ‘My World War I Hero’ story competition, Kate O'Leary and Naianga Tapiata
1Bay of PlentyTe Kaha RSA 
1CanterburyBurnham Military Camp 
1CanterburyRannerdale Veterane Village, Christchurch  
1CanterburyPark of Remembrance, ChristchurchPlanted as part of a memorial garden

Planted to commemorate the Battle of Chunuk Bair

1CanterburyBirch Hill Station cemeteryPlanted by the Rangiora RSA at the cemetery at Birch Hill Station, from where a group of mounted riflemen departed for the First World War
1CanterburyPapanui RSA, Christchurch 
1CanterburyBanks Peninsula RSAPlanted in 'The Garden of Tane' by his excellency the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae
1CanterburyAshburton RSA 
1CanterburyUniversity of CanterburyPlanted on Anzac Day 2016 by UoC Chancellor Dr John Wood to mark 100 years of Anzac Day services
1CoromandelCathedral Cove, HaheiPlanted alongside the memorial forest of native trees at Cathedral Cove
1East CoastTe Araroa RSA 
1East CoastRuatōria RSA 
2Hawke’s BayDannevirke RSA cemeteryOn 8 August 2015 Denis Tatere, past company commander in the 7th Battalion, and Bill Ingram, RSA member, planted the trees at the cenotaph on behalf of the Dannevirke and District RSA.
1Hawke’s BayOngaonga cenotaphAccompanied by a memorial plaque
1Hawke’s BayOngaonga School 
1Hawke’s BayTe Mata Peak, Havelock NorthPlanted in 2013 near an older memorial tree which it will eventually replace
2ManawatūAshhurst RSA 
1North OtagoKanes Rd, Corriedale 
3South TaranakiManaia Golf CourseA copse of three trees is complemented by a commemorative stone and a bench.
1SouthlandEdendale Primary SchoolEdendale Primary School is opposite the town's cenotaph.
1SouthlandInvercargill War Memorial, Dee St 
3Volcanic PlateauNational Army Museum, WaiōuruPlanted in a memorial garden on 5 May 2015 to mark the Battle for the Daisy Patch at Gallipoli
1WellingtonUnknownGift to Hon. Maggie Barry
1WellingtonUnknownGift to the Turkish Ambassador
1WellingtonUnknownGift to Sir Peter Jackson
1WellingtonUnknownGift to Sir Richard Taylor
2WellingtonKāpiti College 
2WellingtonParaparaumu College 
1WellingtonUnknownSent to Wellington to acclimatise in 2014
1WellingtonGovernment House, Newtown 
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