Old cemetery becomes dumping ground
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 7:00p.m.
An old Roman Catholic cemetery in Otahuhu, South Auckland, has become a dumping ground for 900 cubic metres of dirt and rubbish, after efforts to fill in a gully went horribly wrong.
Contractors moving truckload after truckload of earth took it upon themselves to plough their way through the burial ground, running over graves and destroying tombstones in the way. The work went on for months unsupervised.
So how did this happen? And who exactly is to blame?
It is all a bit of an unholy mystery, as Natasha Utting explains.
Watch the video to see her report.
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15/10/2012 7:22:36 p.m.
I thought I recognize that cemetery across from McAuley High School in Otahuhu
10/10/2012 8:25:07 p.m.
I think the property manager needs to wear some of the blame for this. is he not the property manager? he is charged with managing the property and obviousley didnt do that. its a pretty disgusting thing to do though. best it be cleaned up pronto before any more people come looking for ancestors graves. how embarissing for that church
10/10/2012 9:15:00 a.m.
Mike C - Palmy wrote:
I visited the cemetary last year to track down the graves of some ancesters and was appalled at the condition of the site - well before some idiot dumped the fill. We cleaned up around a few family graves and wrote to the council about the state of the site. During the programme, I was equally appalled at the attitude from the church's Property Manager, who had no idea about anything it seems, and if he and the Church had bothered to take any care of the plot, then this sort of thing would not happen. Grow some kahunas Auckland Diocese and step up and sort the problem out from within your considerable resources.
9/10/2012 8:34:37 p.m.
Thats disgusting. No respect! They wouldn't like it if anyone did it to any of their families graves or tombstones or even to theirs now would they ? Some people have no brains.
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