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The stated intention of the Government to remove the bones of those soldiors who fell at Roapekapcka, Hay of Islands, in 1546, is now, it is said, postponed, because there happens to be a crop of corn or potatoes on the spot where the graves aro said to be, and it is the intention to wait until the crop is out of the ground to exhume the bones. This proposition and arrangement haa given universal objection and disapproval, aud a strong protest is made to such intended sacrilege, as most consider this to bo. It is therefore suggested that instead of this most unpopular arrangement, the Government should buy, say, an acre, or even half an acre, of the land where the graves are said to be, fence in a small portion, with a stono tablet inscribed :—" Near this spot aro interred the remains of the British soldiers w!io foil in the engagements with the natives in the year 1846 (llth January)." When it is taken into consideration that this course will give general satisfaction, cost leas, aud leave no room for remark or a slur upon our neglect, we trust the Government will be induced to follow it, and alter their present intention. Anothor thing is the actual necessity that exists to have a public cemetery in the district, as Ruapekapeka is over ten miles from Kawakawa.—[Kanakawa Correspondent, December 9.1

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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 7510, 14 December 1885

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GRAVES OF SOLDIERS AT RUAPEKAPEKA. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 7510, 14 December 1885