Thursday, May 30, 2024

Hastings planting for King’s coronation

Hastings District will join other councils and communities around the nation in commemorating the coronation of King Charles III this weekend, with the planting of a Kahikatea tree at Cornwall Park.

The public ceremony, which will also include a plaque unveiling, will take place on Sunday, 7 May at 11am.

Hastings Mayor, Sandra Hazlehurst said both the tree and plaque would serve as a lasting reminder of the historic event.

“Since 1897 our district has marked significant royal events, the evidence of which can still be seen today, such as the Coronation Fountain in Cornwall Park and the Royal Oak tree in Civic Square,” the Mayor said.

“While the Royal Oak has been the tree traditionally planted for such occasions, for this we have turned to our own native Kahikatea – the tree that built the township of Hastings from 1873, and a symbol of whanaungatanga; relationships and partnerships within te ao Māori.

“This year we also acknowledge the 150 th anniversary of the naming of Hastings, and this will add to the names and associations of our Kings and Queens that are etched into the fabric of our district.

“We warmly invite our community to join us to mark this special event.”

The Coronation Fountain at Cornwall Park, and the Royal Oak in the middle of Civic Square were installed to mark the coronation of King George V in 1911.

The plaque that is to be placed with the tree this weekend reads: This tree was planted to mark the Coronation of His Majesty Charles III, King of New Zealand, on 6 May 2023 – Māku te ra e tō ana; kei a koe te urunga ake o te rā.

The whakataukī (proverb) “Māku te ra e tō ana; kei a koe te urunga ake o te rā” is translated as ‘Let mine be the setting sun; yours is the dawning of a new day’, and speaks of the natural cycles of life and wisdom from a te ao Māori perspective.

A national event will be held at the Auckland Domain, on the lawn beneath Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, at 1pm on Sunday. Following the coronation weekend, the Governor-General will plant the final coronation tree at Government House in Wellington.

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