Hamilton (Maori: Kirikiriroa), Aotearoa, June 19, 2022. Today, as part of the international initiative of the Slovak association Servare et Manere, the 25th Tree of Peace was planted by His Majesty King Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII during the traditional royal Māori ceremony Poukai which is a ceremonial gathering held on 28 days a year at different Marae or ceremonial centres supporting the Māori monarchy – Kiingitanga. The tree was planted in a ceremonial place called Poohara Paa in the rural farming community of Pukeatua on the North Island of New Zealand. The Kiingitanga is a Christian Monarchy with the Bible as the Crown used to Coronate Māori Monarchs.
During the implementation of the project, Servare et Manere also notices important personalities from all over the world who, through their meritorious actions, contribute to the consolidation of peace and the protection of nature and its resources. The Māori King is one of the most important personalities who makes a significant contribution to strengthening friendship between nations and strives for interfaith dialogue. For this reason, the King was awarded the Tree of Peace Memorial Plaque after the ceremonial planting of the Tree of Peace and unveiling of the Memorial Pillar. Archdeacon Ngira Simmonds, Chief of Staff & Private Secretary of His Majesty was awarded the Memorial Medal of Tree of Peace for his invaluable assistance in carrying out the project in New Zealand. The Māori King was received in a private audience with the Holy Father Francis in May 2019, and in 2020 he also received an honourable mention of Servare et Manere, entitled Friend of Peace.