Matariki Tu Rākau

Matariki Tu Rākau is a remembrance tree planting programme announced on 25 April 2018. Find out about the programme and how you can get involved.

Remembering those who have served our country

Matariki Tu Rākau is a remembrance tree planting programme announced by the Government on 25 April 2018. It's been set up as a way to recognise the men and women who have served in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

The programme is one of a series of initiatives to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. We want communities across the country to plant up to 350,000 trees during Matariki 2018 (which starts in June) to recognise our armed forces personnel. Matariki Tu Rākau is also potentially a way for communities to recognise special groups who served in the NZDF, such as the Māori Battalion.

Suitable planting areas are being identified

Trees will be planted on various types of land, such as marae, public parks, and places of remembrance.

Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage are working with Local Government New Zealand, the Returned and Services Association, and iwi to identify specific plots of land suitable for planting. We'll also prepare appropriate signage.

Te Uru Rākau is working with nurseries across the country to source the trees.

Register your interest

Matariki Tu Rākau will encourage public participation in planting.

To get involved, email

Who is leading the work?

Matariki Tu Rākau is part of the One Billion Trees planting programme and focuses mostly on planting native trees.

Te Uru Rākau has partnered with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Ministry of Defence, the New Zealand Defence Force, Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development), iwi, the Returned and Services Association, and Local Government New Zealand to deliver the programme.

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