Memorial seats and trees

Commemorative memorials can be seats with a plaque, trees, a sculpture or artwork. They help celebrate the lasting legacy of deaths, births and special events.

Trees unavailable until mid 2022

The commemorative tree scheme is under review until mid 2022. Until then, applications are on hold.

Thank you for your patience.


Living memorials like trees can also help with the revegetation and enhancement of our parks and reserves throughout the city.


You can apply to donate a commemorative seat with a plaque. The seat is maintained by Council and the plaque is your responsibility.

The seat’s design and location must meet Council requirements. 



Types of seat



Commemorative trees can be planted to remember a loved one, celebrate a birth, anniversary or special event, honour someone or express appreciation.

Trees are either:

  • Sophora microphylla - Kowhai, or
  • Podocarpus totara – Totara.

Trees that die or are vandalised within two years are replaced for free. 



Planting the tree

More information

Manager Berhampore Nursery

Phone: (04) 389 9729

Sculpture and other artwork

Sculptures and other commemorative artwork are managed under the Council's Public Art Policy. Page 7 of the policy gives guidelines for getting, commissioning or accepting gifts of public art.

Public Art Policy