Palmerston North to celebrate King Charles III Coronation

Published on 28 April 2023

Image shows text of King Charles 3 coronation planting and a royal logo

The Coronation of His Majesty Charles III, King of New Zealand, is a momentous occasion that will be celebrated across all of Aotearoa with a national tree planting event on the weekend of 6 and 7 May. Palmerston North City Council will be joining forces with other local councils throughout the country for He Rā Rākau Tītapu, a special initiative to plant native trees in honour of the new King's accession to the throne.

Palmerston North’s event will take place at The Victoria Esplanade on Saturday 6 May at 11.00am. A plaque will be unveiled, and a native Kahikatea tree will be planted by Mayor Grant Smith across from Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery.

Mayor Grant Smith says The Esplanade is the perfect location to mark this historic occasion.

"With its beautiful greenery and peaceful setting, it captures the spirit of Palmerston North’s love for nature. I invite everyone to join us at The Esplanade and celebrate the Coronation."

This special tree planting initiative is fitting and pays respect to His Majesty’s commitments to conservation and sustainability.

"We’re grateful for the Government’s generous donation to Trees That Count, and the partnership with the Department of Conservation to plant over 100,000 native trees. This gift will not only benefit all New Zealanders but will also be a fitting tribute to the Coronation of King Charles III.”

While this ceremony will involve local elected members, dignitaries, and community leaders, everyone is welcome and invited to attend.