On death and dying and the Mongrel Mob

MARK OF THE MOB: Dennis Makalio sits the grave of a Mongrel Mob member at Whenua Tapu cemetery. He plans to challenge a proposed ban on offensive insignia on headstones

You may know i spend a bit of time in cemeteries. Perhaps that is why i noticed two recent minor news stories that were televised here, about death, grief and reverence.

The first was about the headstone of the grave of James Kingi, member of the Mongrel Mob gang. There had been objections to the city council about this headstone, which carried Mongrel Mob insignia. A woman whose relative was buried next to James felt the headstone was offensive. The council was considering a bylaw against offensive headstones.

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