An act of vandalism has seen around 200 recently-planted trees ripped out at Papakura South Cemetery.
Auckland Council cemeteries manager Catherine Moore says the destruction was found near the pond by contractors over the weekend.
‘‘We are working to make this a nice space that offers a private and peaceful environment for visitors and it is unfortunate anyone would disrespect the site,’’ Moore says.
Replanting work is now underway. Moore encourages anyone with information to call police.