Thank you to those who responded to my initial posting re the Cemetery

Auckland Council have informed us that the cemetery was closed in 2008 because of a lack of trustees. We know that there have been at least 2 burials since that date, which makes it unclear what closed means.

The Council have been asked what would be involved to get the cemetery open again. We are awaiting a response.

In the meantime:
– Sarah Bowden (Furniss), Kathryn Parker and myself have agreed to be trustees. Anyone else interested in joining us is most welcome.
– We have created a draft planting plan which will shelter the cemetery to the west and other plantings around edges to enhance the area. We are planning to get this planting done this winter.
– Malcolm Bartlett has agreed to continue mowing the cemetery at this time.
– We would also like to investigate the difference between this being a council cemetery and a community cemetery, as prior to 2008 the cemetery was maintained by locals not by the council. This has continued since 2008.

Oriel Heseltine
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