Thought to be at least 100 years old, the trewe was in bad shape, with a rotting trunk that was partly hollowed at the base. It was carefully cut down last week by the island’s specialist arborists, Baker Tree Services.
Owner Nooroa Baker said the tree, which had become dangerous, would make way for a new entranceway development at Arorangi School.
Baker originally estimated the tree at around 60 years old, but revised his opinion after speaking about it to Tinomana Tokerau Ariki, who said she remembered the tree, which was already quite large at that stage, when she first began going to school many years ago.
The upper reaches of the tree were almost black with age, but it still made a colourful spectacle in summer when it flowered and at times of the year when it was lit up with festive lights.
Arorangi boasts a number of large flamboyant trees which brighten the village during flowering season, around Christmas time.