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Gem of the month - March 2013 

Published: Friday 22 February 2013 
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Waitematā Local Board’s Rob Thomas and Shale Chambers (chair) at Symonds Street Cemetery. 

Symonds Street Cemetery

Symonds Street Cemetery in Grafton is one of Auckland’s most historic and unusual public reserves. As well as having grassy open spaces and native forest, it is Auckland’s oldest official cemetery and the final resting place of some of our city’s founders.

Notable graves include those of Captain William Hobson, the first governor of New Zealand and founder of Auckland, and Archibald Clark, who was Auckland’s first mayor and is thought to be responsible for much of the planting around the cemetery.

Waitematā Local Board has a 10-year plan to upgrade the cemetery, which includes creating a walkway around the cemetery, improved maintenance and tree trimming, renewal of pathways and new signage.

Get involved 

Open meeting
On Tuesday 5 March 2013 at 5pm, there will be an open meeting at the Auckland Town Hall to discuss the cemetery’s future. This is an opportunity for us to talk about the board’s plans and for supporters to tell us how they might like to be involved.

If you’d like to attend the meeting on 5 March, please register your interest by emailing PSR.Central@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or calling 09 365 3126. It’s useful to know numbers for preparation of the meeting room.

Working bees
There will be working bees at Symonds Street Cemetery on Sunday 17 March and Sunday 5 May. If you'd like to help out, meet at 10am in Pigeon Park, on the corner of Symonds Street and Karangahape Road.