Vandals Hit Cemetery

Former Kapiti Mayor’s Grave

Hit at Beach Cemetery

December 17, 2010

Vandals have toppled the headstone of long-serving Kapiti mayor Iver Trask in an attack on graves at Paraparaumu Beach cemetery.

The vandals toppled headstones,broke glass containers, and uprooted and scattered flowers.

The first damage was discovered by  Kāpiti Coast District Council workmen when they arrived to do maintenance on the grounds yesterday morning.

In the afternoon  another toppled headstone was discovered  and this too was reported to Council authorities.

Lex Bartlett,  Open Space Manager for the Kapiti Coast District Council, says vandalism like this is a sporadic problem — but most people respect the cemeteries in the District.

He says: “It doesn’t happen very often, but it’s a problem in every district.

“Once or twice you will get one or two people who will do a bit of damage and then it’s all quiet again for some time.  But for the families (of the deceased), this can be very disturbing..”

The late Iver Trask was Mayor of the Kapiti Borough Council from 1983 to 1989 — and was then Mayor of the Kapiti Coast District Council from 1989 to 1992.

Another council employee says it appears that the vandalism is being done by some young children ‘ just passing through.’

He adds:”We have even had the cemetery gates closed by young children.”

How distressing for Graeme and family, especially so near Christmas.
I remember Iver well from my local body days, he was highly respected throughout the region.
Betty van Gaalen

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