Spruce up for historic cemetery
For 20 years, calls to clean up the dilapidated historic Terrace End Cemetery have gone unheeded.
Now the Palmerston North City Council has set aside an extra $10,000 towards restoring the last resting place of many an early citizen.
As there are often no longer any family members to take care of the grave sites, and it is no longer an active cemetery, many have fallen into disrepair. Others have been vandalised.
Under current regulations the council is not allowed to touch family owned plots or do any work on them without family consent.
Efforts by council staff to locate family members about the sites have proved difficult, according to City Council parks and property manager John Brenkley.
A current review of the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 could allow councils to take over the upkeep of damaged plots.
John says the extra funds mean more time could be put into the cemetery, which was opened in 1875, but it did not mean all aspects of the cemetery would be able to be fixed as work on headstones was often difficult and expensive to undertake.