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Social development minister Paula Bennett announced last week that former ombudsman Mel Smith will lead the inquiry. It will report back by the end of March. The discovery of a nine-year-old girl in west Auckland with horrific injuries is one of the worst cases of child abuse I have seen since becoming minister where the child has lived, Ms Bennett says. Courts on hold By STEPHEN FORBES Plans to build a new Waitakere District Court on Great North Rd are on hold. In 2008 the Ministry of Justice bought a 7000 square metre site on the top of Corbans Hill for $2.88 million. The ministry s lease over the existing Waita- kere District Court in Henderson s Ratanui St expires in 2013. But plans to build a new facility have stalled. It hasn t progressed because decisions about service delivery across the courts in the greater Auckland area are yet to be made, property and security general man- ager for the Ministry of Justice David Stevenson says. No work has started on building the new facility and no cost estimates are available for the project. He says while the ministry s lease over the existing court building expires in 2013 it has the right of renewal to renegotiate the agree- ment until 2031. Cash needed to fix graves By STEPHEN FORBES Ongoing battle: Derek Battersby is seeking additional funding to restore the thousands of war graves in Waikumete Cemetery which have been left to deteriorate over the years. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES THE fight for funding to fix more than 2000 war graves in Waikumete Cemetery is ongoing with $55,000 needed for the next round of repairs. Whau Local Board chair- man Derek Battersby says the graves have been left to deteriorate and are covered in moss and lichen. Others have cracked plinths and missing headstones. Last year a council report found more than 1000 were in need of repair, while another 955 had no headstones. The Waitakere City Coun- cil provided $70,000 to fix the graves and Veterans Affairs, a unit in the defence force, contributed a further $20,000. But Mr Battersby estimates the cost of restor- ing the cemetery war graves at Waikumete would top $1 million. His own father Jack was killed in World War Two dur- ing the Battle of Kolomban- gara in the Solomons in 1943. He is buried at Waikumete. Cemetery manager Daniel Sales says last year s funding was used to repair the graves nearest to the cenotaph in time for this year s Anzac Day commemorations. All that money has been spent because those graves were in such a poor con- dition, he says. The work included putting down new concrete plinths, cleaning the headstones of moss and lichen and re- engraving any which had fallen into disrepair. Mr Sales says 300 graves have been restored so far. He is in talks with the com- pany that completed the job about working on the next stage. They ve said they can do it, but we need to find the funding. Mr Sales says he needs $55,000 to restore the next lot of graves. Mr Battersby says the graves should be fixed before the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli in 2015. It s important for the New Zealand government to ensure our war graves are in top condition. Ministry for Culture and Heritage spokesman Brodie Stubbs says the government department funds the upkeep of 28 graves of World War One and Two veterans at Waikumete and a further three memorials. This year the ministry will be spending $5382 on 12 graves at Waikumete, Mr Stubbs says. There is further work on a number of other graves planned for next year. Mr Battersby says ministry funding isn t enough to ad- dress the cost of restoration.
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