How to get involved in Matariki Tu Rākau

Everything you need to know about planting living memorials to the men and women of the New Zealand Defence Forces.

How to get involved in Matariki Tu Rākau

To take part, contact your local council, RNZRSA, or marae to find out if they have planned anything for your area.

If nothing is planned, you can get things started. Complete the application form – it covers all the details that need to be arranged.

Matariki Tu Rākau funding application form [PDF, 183 KB]

Our guide will help you tell your community about your plans

We’ve created a communications guide to help you spread the word and get your community involved.

Matariki Tu Rākau communications guide [PDF, 177 KB]

What you need to know to apply for funding

How much funding to ask for

The application form gives details of how much you can apply for. Funding will vary depending on the number of trees to be planted and the size of your event.

We’ll provide funding for:

  • trees
  • a commemorative plaque or a contribution to signage
  • a contribution to costs of facilitating community-wide planting events (at Te Uru Rākau’s discretion.)

What type of planting event is eligible

Local events and plantings will ideally be co-designed by the community and include a fitting expression of the local community past and present – it can be as simple or elaborate and as casual or formal as you wish.

Invitations will be open to your whole community – children, families, descendants of past service men and women and those new to the community.

Suitable trees to plant

Trees should be appropriate species for healthy permanent plantings at your chosen site. We prefer native species, especially those that are regionally appropriate, but you can plant other species significant to the community.

How many trees to plant

The number of trees is up to your community, and depends on the site you have available. It may be a handful or hundreds.

The number of trees planted and their location will be recorded and made publicly available as part of the Government's One Billion Trees Programme. Plantings will become part of the living salute trail around New Zealand.

What memorial tree plantings should be like

The site, design and setting is up to your local community.

The priority is that the planted trees and area remain permanently accessible to the public, and it continues to be maintained. Possible locations could be:

  • in public parks or reserves
  • civic centres
  • along prominent roads and avenues
  • near existing memorials.

Te Uru Rākau will provide (or fund) a commemorative plaque to mark the sites of significant plantings.

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