Proposed Buddhist Pagoda Causes Stir

Newswire (New Zealand), May 10, 2006

Auckland, New Zealand -- Plans to build a ten-storey Buddhist tower, a pagoda, in south Auckland has angered some residents. The Buddhist temple in Flat Bush has applied for resource consent to build the tower, where the ashes of cremated followers will be stored.

But many locals are opposed to the development, including the principal of the Baverstock Oaks School, Mary Wilson, who says it will border the school field.She is worried many of the children will be frightened to know that ashes are inside the tower.

Mr Wilson says the twice daily ringing of bells and drumming at the tower could also disrupt children's learning.

Manukau City council has halted the resource consent process while an official acoustic report is carried out.