Local iwi called upon to bless vandalised site at Papakura cemetery

Graves desecrated at Papakura South Cemetery - Photo / file

Local iwi were called upon this morning to Papakura South Cemetery following the desecration of a number of children's graves over the weekend.

Manurewa kaumātua carried out a karakia at the site, where headstones and crosses have been removed and strewn all over the lawn when Auckland Council staff had made their discovery yesterday.

Auckland Cemeteries Manager Catherine Moore confirmed that karakia was held this morning for those on site but says there are plans to have another blessing ceremony later in the week.

She also said that their first priority was contacting and supporting the families involved.

The incident is currently being investigated by Police and Auckland Council, the council is asking concerned families to contact their call centre on (09) 301 0101.