Purewa is getting a floral makeover in the oldest parts of the 131-year-old cemetery thanks to Meadowbank resident Miriama Toms.
Miriama’s 16-year-old son Felix died last year of sudden unexpected death due to epilepsy, and is buried in E block, one of the older parts of the cemetery where many graves sites and headstones have fallen into disrepair because there are no family members to look after them.
More than 75 people attended Purewa Cemetery’s first Auckland Heritage Festival tours last month.
The tours were part of the festival which is organised by the Auckland Council annually across the city celebrating various aspects of heritage. The theme for this year’s event was Journeys – the stories of how our people travelled to Tamaki Makaurau by sea, air or land, to create a shared future together.
The peaceful paths of Purewa Cemetery are a fitting place for Anzac reflection. Historic Purewa is the resting place for so many who helped preserve and shape our nation. Some were highly decorated, but most often they were ordinary people moved to do extraordinary things.