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.

Commemorative trees update

Applications for commemorative trees are on hold while the scheme is being reviewed.

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


For more information, email


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

For more information, contact Berhampore Nursery on 04 389 9729, or email

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