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Giant kauri tree Tāne Mahuta, 1972

Arbor Day is aimed at encouraging people to plant and care for trees. It is celebrated in many countries, although the date varies.


New Zealand’s first Arbor Day planting was in Greytown on 3 July 1890. Arbor Day has never been a public holiday in New Zealand, but between 1892 and 1914 government departments, service organisations and schools observed it, usually in July or August, taking a day off to plant trees. Arbor Day was revived in 1934. Since 1977 it has been celebrated on 5 June, which is also World Environment Day.


This photograph, taken by G. Riethmaier in 1972, is part of the National Publicity Studios collection. Tāne Mahuta is the largest kauri tree in existence and is estimated to be about 1500 years old. It stands in the Waipoua forest in Northland.


Archives reference: AAQT 6539 W3537 120/ A99311


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Caption information from Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

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