What you need to know

We know lots of our residents have special connections with our city's beautiful green spaces, and with over 200 parks and reserves there are endless options for ways and locations to commemorate the life of a loved one or to celebrate a significant life event.

Memorial seats with plaques or tree plantings can be installed in many of the parks, reserves, and open spaces in Hamilton Kirikiriroa. The exceptions to this are:

  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Hamilton Lake Domain
  • Memorial Park
  • Days Park.

Memorial seats

Seats can be purchased and installed within the city. Other furniture designs will be considered, so please give us a call to discuss your ideas.

Plaques not attached to furniture may be considered to recognise visits by royalty, heads of state, and other dignitaries, or to commemorate significant national, or international events.


You can request to plant a native tree to honour a loved one or to celebrate an event. Native trees planted in the Forest of Life at Minogue Park, have GPS coordinates which allow future generations to visit this 'living memorial'. Commemorative plantings can occur in other parks, reserves, or open spaces, but this would be at Council's discretion.

Please note

We try our best to accommodate memorial requests; however, the final location of any memorial, seat, plaque, or plantings, is at the discretion of Hamilton City Council.

In the unlikely event an existing memorial needs to be relocated, all attempts will be made to notify the original applicant who requested the memorial.

The applicant will be responsible for the cost of the plaque (subsidised by Council), furniture and installation by council. Council will maintain the furniture and plaque for ten years.

Submit your request for a memorial

Type of memorial


What happens next

Your request will be passed on to our Parks and Recreation team, who will aim to get in touch with you within 10 working days to discuss the options.

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Last updated 8 September 2023