5 Dec 2011

Calls for council to remove headstones dumped near beach

7:02 pm on 5 December 2011

A descendant of a Northland hapu wants Whangarei District Council to remove pieces of memorial headstones that were at some stage dumped along Onerahi beach.

The fragments are thought to have been part of a seawall but council records give no indication of exactly where the fragments came from.

The council suspects they may have come from Kioreroa cemetery sometime in the 1960s.

A Te Parawhau descendant, Fred Tito, says he doesn't blame the council for something that happened many years ago but wants the stones taken away to a safe place and a memorial or sculpture be erected to marking their new home.

The Whangarei District Council says it intends to take the remains of the stones to Kioreroa urupa.