2 Aug 2015

Falling trees in Auckland cemetery

5:04 pm on 2 August 2015

Trees are falling over in Auckland's oldest cemetery - and the council thinks motorways could be to blame.

Three trees have fallen in the past three years at Symonds Street cemetery in the heart of Auckland. The most recent showed signs of root rot.

The cemetery is where William Hobson, the first Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi is buried.

Spaghetti junction, where the northern, southern and western motorways meet, is nearby.

Auckland Council manager for local and sports parks Jane Aickin has asked the Transport Agency to investigate the effects of nearby motorway traffic and stormwater run-off.

She said it could be problematic if traffic was the cause, because you could not get rid of the motorways.

But she said it would help with mitigation and maintenance to prevent more trees falling.

Ms Aickin said there had only been minor damage to graves from the trees falling.

She also said the graves showed no signs of moving.

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