Commemorative memorials

Commemorative memorials can help you celebrate the lasting legacy of deaths, births and special events. Memorials can also help with the revegetation and enhancement of our parks and reserves throughout the city.

A commemorative bench seat overlooking native bush.

Commemorative memorials in the city's parks, reserves and streets have to be well placed and complement the surrounding environment.

Cemetery memorials

To organise a memorial or plaque in a Council cemetery, see:

Cemetery memorials

Commemorative seats

You can apply to donate a commemorative seat with a plaque.

To meet Council policy, the design specifications and location of furniture is at the discretion of the Council's Parks, Sports & Recreation or Transport & Waste teams.

The seat will be maintained by the Council, including replacement when necessary. The plaque remains the responsibility of the sponsor.


Consider spaces in parks and reserves, around play areas and some sportsfields, along walking tracks, or existing seats with no plaques.

There are several areas that are either full or not suitable for commemorative seats, others have limited spaces available.

Areas not available for commemorative seats include: Botanic Gardens, Charles Plimmer Park, Leonie Gill pathway, Midland Park, Mount Kau Kau, Mount Victoria lookout, Pukeahu Memorial Park, Wellington Waterfront, the South Coast.

See parks & reserves

Type of seats

The seat design depends on the location - it will need to match existing furniture used in the area.

In remote areas a bench seat may be needed, and in some areas it may be possible to choose a picnic table.


Seat plaques are generally 80x250mm and have 15 – 25 words.

Plaques may be added to existing seats at the discretion of the Council.


The cost for a standard seat and plaque in a park or reserve will usually be $2000, although it can vary – for example it may be more in a remote location.

The range of costs for other locations is $2000 - $4000. For example, Oriental Parade is $2760.

The cost includes the seat, plaque, installation and future maintenance of the seat.

Apply for a seat

If you are interested in applying for a commemorative seat, contact the Council and we will be get in touch with you to discuss your requirements.

Phone: 04 499 4444

Commemorative trees

The Council has a commemorative tree scheme which provides you with the opportunity to donate trees for planting.

You can have a tree planted in order to:

  • honour a special person
  • celebrate a birth, anniversary or special event
  • express appreciation
  • remember a departed loved one.


The Council has a range of trees available for planting at one of five locations around Wellington.

Commemorative trees cost $184 (GST inclusive). This pays for the tree, its planting and initial care, and assists with maintenance over its lifetime.

You will receive a certificate suitable for framing with a photo of your tree species, its GPS location and details of the planting. If you wish, a photo can be taken on the day (cost: $20, booking required).

The type of tree will be based upon availability and horticultural suitability. All trees will be at least five years old and approximately one metre high.

Commemorative trees which die or are vandalised within five years of the planting date will be replaced at no cost to the applicant.

Apply for a tree

To apply for a tree, fill out the form below and send it in with payment.

Commemorative Tree Scheme - Application Form (277KB PDF)


You and your family and friends may want to plant or help plant the tree.

Dates will be set aside each winter when staff will be available to assist if necessary.

All planting must take place during winter to ensure the trees get off to a good start.

If you want to bury a placenta, or scatter or bury ashes during the tree planting, discuss this with Council Parks and Gardens staff at an early stage. There may occasionally be a site where this is not possible for cultural reasons, for example, at Victory Gardens.

Locations you can plant a commemorative tree

There are four sites in the city where you can plant commemorative trees:

  • Karori Cemetery
  • Makara Cemetery
  • Victory Gardens, Alexandra Road, Mount Victoria
  • Willowbank Park, Tawa.

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