Makaraka Cemetery Free Space page

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Location: Gisborne, New Zealandmap
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A free-space page to record interments and memorials at Makaraka (Houhoupiko) Cemetery.


Makaraka Cemetery

Makaraka Cemetery, also known as Houhoupiko, is Gisborne's earliest cemetery and is now closed and maintained as a historic site.

The Cemetery came under the media spotlight in 2018 because of a project involving the unearthing of over 80 buried headstones. There were 88 headstones recovered for preservation, however between 1971 and 1973 another 500 or so headstones, considered to be in too poor a condition to save, were removed and made into rubble that was used to fill in Houhoupiko Stream. Those headstones are not able to be recovered and restored.

  • Council Link to read the inscriptions of the headstones that were buried.

  • An article in the media in reference to the buried headstones.

The cemetery is located on State Highway 35 and is bordered on one side by the Taruheru River.

A map of the cemetery is available for download from the Council website (also see images) - note this is in pdf. See Map of Makaraka Cemetery.

Notable Interments

Makaraka contains the official war graves of 3 men who served in the New Zealand forces during the First World War: Private Isaac Chadwick Taylor, Private William George Gray and Private John Christie.

Please add more information of notable interments (linking to their profiles) in brief HERE:


Cemetery "to do" list

Assistance is needed for: -

  1. photographing headstones and memorials
  2. tagging photos of headstones and memorials with the cemetery space name
  3. transcribing memorials
  4. creating profiles for those interred or memorialised at Makaraka Cemetery (some listed in the table and not yet created) and linking them to the wider tree
  5. categorising existing profiles of those interred at Makaraka Cemetery to ensure they appear under the cemetery category
  6. adding profiles and information to the sortable table of interments
  7. checking the table for missing information and/or errors
  8. re-checking the table periodically for new or amended information

Additional activity:

  • Create an audio/video tour of the cemetery
Record a virtual tour of the cemetery that can be downloaded or viewed on YouTube. Such a tour would take the viewer around the cemetery to explore the history of the people buried here. Background information can be supplied. Those with mobile internet access can access online links to more information.

Progress tracking

There are currently: -

  • 0 entries in the table; 0 profiles linked; 0 transcriptions completed; 0 photos linked. This is the starting point for our project. Find-a-Grave has 1829 entries, so clearly there is a lot to work on. Irwin-2099 22:10, 1 January 2019 (UTC)


Below is a table of interments and memorials that remains a work in progress.

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