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Graveyard up for sale in Auckland

Published: 7:30PM Friday October 07, 2011 Source: ONE News

A cemetery could stand in the way of the sale of a historic church on Auckland's North Shore.

The proposed sale has angered locals fighting to the save the graves, who say the move is illegal.

However, the Presbyterian Church maintains it is following proper procedure in selling the prime Devonport real estate.

The entire plot, including the church and cemetery, is valued at $3.3 million.

"It's morally not right," former parishioner, Karene Gore told ONE News.

"I'm just gobsmacked. It's just **** really isn't it."

The graveyard next to St Paul's Church in Devonport contains more than 150 bodies.

According to local Gail Lyon the sale of the graveyard, which closed for burials in 1891, is illegal under the Burial and Cremations Act.

"I've got to stop it somehow," Lyons said.

Despite protests the land is set to sell, and is described by Harcourts as "a parcel of land that could be the answer to your prayers".

Harcourts also said it could make a superb restaurant or function centre, or could be converted into a living space.

The site will go to auction in a month.