These guidelines outline the requirements for nominating
a notable tree for evaluation by Auckland Council for
inclusion on the region’s Notable Tree Schedule. This
document will assist you in completing and submitting
the nomination form.
Nominating a tree
Any person or organisation may nominate a tree or group
of trees for evaluation by completing and submitting the
Before you submit a nomination, please read these
guidelines to check whether nomination is appropriate,
and to ensure that you complete the form correctly.
You should only nominate a tree or group of trees if you
consider it has signicant value and would be a worthy
addition to Auckland’s Notable Tree Schedule.
Purpose of evaluation
The purpose of this evaluation is to identify notable trees
for inclusion in Auckland’s Notable Tree Schedule, or for
other appropriate management to protect the tree such
as a legal covenant.
Nomination of a tree or group of trees does not
automatically guarantee that it will be evaluated or
considered for scheduling. Priority will be given to
nominations for trees on the nominator’s property or on
public land (open space, reserves or streets) and to those
that are not already scheduled as part of a Signicant
Ecological Area. Priority will also be given to nominations
that clearly identify the values of the tree and are
supported by relevant background information. Therefore
you are encouraged to make a persuasive case for the
signicance of the tree.
What is a Notable Tree?
Practically all trees play important economic,
environmental and social roles in any district of New
Zealand. However, some trees are often thought of as
being of greater value than others. That is, there are
some specimen trees, or groups of trees, that stand out
as being notable, signicant or distinguished. It is those
trees that, for various reasons, are selected by territorial
local authorities, throughout New Zealand, for inclusion
on a notable tree schedule in a district plan. Through this
mechanism they gain greater legal protection.
Notable trees are generally those that a community or
nation regard as being of special importance because they
commemorate important events in a nation’s history, are
exceptional or unique examples of a species, are critical
to the survival of other species or are of such age, stature,
character and visibility that they are regarded as the best
in the district.
What is the Notable Tree Schedule?
Auckland’s Notable Tree Schedule is a list of signicant
trees or groups of trees in the Auckland region. Inclusion
of a tree or group of trees in the Schedule means that:
• It has been ofcially recognised by the Auckland
Council as being a Notable Tree
• It is protected by provisions in district or unitary
plans to ensure it is not damaged or destroyed
• It may be eligible for grants and other incentives.