Pining in cyberspace

One Tree Hill's landmark 125 year-old Monterey Pine may now live forever - at least in cyberspace.

One Tree Hill's landmark 125 year-old Monterey Pine may now live forever - at least in cyberspace.

Auckland internet developer Dylan Reeve says because so many people have been moved by its removal, he has set up a website as a memorial.

The site at www.onetreehill.org.nz features news reports on the tree, a discussion forum, and will soon feature pictures, history and people's experiences.

This was the first full website of its kind Reeve has made, who works as a graphic designer at Ihug.

In the first few days it went on line, he claims more than 2000 page views.

The forum is also attracting some lively debate about One Tree Hill's future, with some 'Mainlanders' giving JAFA's stick over their attachment to the tree, which also gained worldwide recognition from a song by Irish rock band U2.

Reeve says he has already received historical information, photos and some personal memories about the tree that he will put on the site over the weekend. He still would like more material.

"The site took 12 hours of development. I intend to keep the development ongoing. But I doubt I will create another site," he says, adding few things seem to have touched Aucklanders like the pine.

However, while debate rages about what tree to put on the hill- another pine, a totara, a pohutakawa, etc; Reeve is not taking sides.

"I'm not sure. I'm undecided," he says.

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