The Lutheran Church in New Zealand

Tree 321

Planted by:

Bishop Mark Whitfield

Biblical Votum :

Luke 2,10-11: "And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

Tree species:

Tilia tomentosa ‚Brabant‘ - Silver lime

Planting in the Luther Garden :

On April 29th, 2016, Bishop Mark Whitfield (watering the tree) planted a silver linden tree on behalf of the Lutheran Church in New Zealand. The selected bible verse was in memory of the church service on Christmas Day 1814, in which the gospel was read for the first time in New Zealand.

Planting the partner tree :

On Reformation Day, October 31st, 2016, Pastor Chris Janetzki, Brigitte Inglis and Andy Marr (see photo) planted the first partner tree for the Lutheran Church in New Zealand at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Upper Moutere, the first Lutheran church on mainland New Zealand, founded in 1843. Two more partner trees followed on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2017, both on Chatham Island. The planting, at the grave of Gossner Missionary David Muller, was carried out by Harald Lehmann, Chair of the Gossner Mission, and Prof. Dr. h.c. Margot Käßmann, representative of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany. On the following day, another tree was planted in Te Whakaru at the grave of Maria Baucke, wife of Gossner missionary Johan Baucke, by Ron and River Seymour, their descendants. Bishop Mark Whitfield encouraged the congregations of his church “to plant a Luther tree in a public garden, park or space, as a way of publicly commemorating the Reformation.”

Location of the tree :

This tree is located in the :
Luthergarten New Town Hall
Location of the Luther Garden :
Between Juristentraße, Berliner Straße and Mauerstraße
Tree 321
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