What is the Field of Remembrance?
This is a page decidated to the brave people who took part in our wars. Each poppy commemorates a loved one and is placed in a field under the lone pine.
How do I add a poppy to the field of remembrance?
Please select a poppy below to make a donation and leave your dedication on the field of remembrance.
Minimum donation of $3 each.
Minimum donation of $5 each.
Minimum donation of $10 each.
What is the significance of the Lone Pine?
The lone pine in our Field of Remembrance represents the lone pine of Gallipoli – a poignant symbol of WW1.
The original lone pine, a Pinus brutia, was the last tree left standing on a field where Turkish troops cut wood to frame and cover their trenches. The site became a battlefield and the tree was subsequently destroyed, but a pine cone was brought back home by a soldier and its seeds planted in Australia. Descendants of these trees, from other seeds brought back from the Gallipoli campaign, and pines planted in memorial of the ANZAC soldiers who fought in Gallipoli generally, have become known as “lone pines”.
There are two lone pines in Auckland: one at the Auckland War memorial planted on Anzac day in 1950, and another in Waikumete cemetery which was planted in 1961. “The Anzac Pine” on Te Mata Peak is a replacement for the earlier, original pine descended from Gallipoli stock. The Lone Pine Memorial cemetery in Taradale has two trees, planted in 1951 and there are trees in parks in Wanganui and Stratford.
There is a lone pine at the ladies’ tee on the Paeroa golf course. This may be the only tree in New Zealand descendent from the tree at the Battle of Lone Pine.
A symbolic solitary pine, planted in the 1920s, stands over the cemetery in Gallipoli.