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The his­tory of the burial ground in Pau­ata­hanui:

1845: Te Rangi­haeata builds a for­ti­fied pa in Pau­ata­hanui called Matai-Taua. It was aban­doned a year later.

1853: Thomas Hol­lis Stace buys 113 acres of land from the New Zealand Company at Pau­ata­hanui. Early set­tlers plant roses in the area.

1860: First buri­als at Pau­ata­hanui burial ground. Some head­stones sur­vive.

1964: Min­istry of Health ap­points man­agers of the burial ground.

1991: Project be­gins by group of five women to clear the over­grown burial ground and plant roses. 2004: Burial ground closed. 2007: The land is of­fi­cially taken over by the Porirua City Coun­cil.

2014: The burial ground’s roses are of­fi­cially recog­nised as ‘‘na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant’’ by Her­itage Roses New Zealand.

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