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Rākau o te tau / Tree of the year NZ Aotearoa
Rākau o te tau / Tree of the year Aotearoa is for all New Zealanders. An interactive celebration of the special trees that are part of our lives and communities.
Tree of the Year is not about the most beautiful tree, but about the stories and heritage that connect us to our trees.
The aim of Rākau o te tau / Tree of the year NZ Aotearoa is to highlight our significant trees and share what makes them important. Inspired by the ‘European tree of the year’ which has been running since 2011, this competition is about telling our cultural tree stories. We want you, Aotearoa, to nominate and vote for the greatest trees in the country. It’s not about the biggest or oldest, it’s about trees that play a part in our lives, our history and our future.
In 2022 you voted the sacred Pōhutukawa Tangi Te Korowhiti as the first-ever Rākau o te tau / Tree of the year NZ Aotearoa. Now is the time to start thinking about next year's competition and we want to hear from you! We want you to tell your tree stories. So, get together with your hapu, iwi, family, kura or community and show us that you are the guardians of the next Rākau o te tau Aotearoa.