Fears over repair of headstones

9:32 pm on 23 November 2010

Some Christchurch residents fear there is a risk to the region's history if the damage to headstones following September's 7.1-magnitude earthquake is not fixed.

A Christchurch genealogy enthusiast Bryan Pratt says grave sites could become unrecognisable if headstones are not repaired.

Christchurch City Council says up to half of the headstones in its historic cemeteries are damaged, but it is not its responsibility to repair them.

Spokesperson Alan Buzenberg says it advertised in metropolitan and local papers asking families to come forward to repair headstones.

He says the response has been good, but the council may have to end up paying for some repairs.