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Nelson Mail - 2021-11-26

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Protesters evicted

National News

The group protesting a planned memorial to the victims of the Mt Erebus disaster has been handed eviction notices. The memorial, Te Paerangi Ataata Sky Song, is to be erected at Dove-Myer Robinson Park, also known as the Parnell Rose Gardens, in Auckland’s inner east. Construction was supposed to start in October but was delayed by protesters, many of whom have erected tents at the site. Yesterday, Auckland Council issued eviction notices to the group, warning them to vacate the area within 48 hours. About seven tents were also pulled down, leaving four standing. The protesters have said they support the memorial but not the location. They said having the memorial at the rose gardens would make people sad in a place that was supposed to be happy. They also claimed construction would damage the roots of a nearby pōhutukawa but Manatū Taonga Ministry of Culture and Heritage has refuted that.

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