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Right Royal Tree Planting

A tōtara sapling planted in Te Kararo Queenstown Gardens marks the beginning of the reign of His Majesty King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

Queenstown Lakes (QLDC) Mayor Glyn Lewers and MP for Southland Joseph Mooney joined council staff and members of the community at the special ceremony on Coronation Day in May.

QLDC Community Services General Manager Ken Bailey says the planting symbolises the deep-rooted personal connection the new monarch has for the natural world.

“Charles III has long been an advocate for conservation and biodiversity. The tōtara not only serves as a tribute to his dedication to protecting our planet but also a commitment to preserving the natural beauty of Aotearoa New Zealand for future generations.”

“It was a memorable day to mark an historic occasion, complete with singing from a local waiata group and a traditional British high tea.”