Journalist Tina White's weekly "Memory Lane" article in the Manawatū Standard. Background stories of some of the graves at the historic Terrace End cemetery on Napier Road. One of the oldest remaining headstones is that of Meritini Te Panau, who died in 1888. She was the wife of Kerei Te Panau (died 1908, age 103), a prominent Rangitāne kaumatua. Also buried here are Palmerston North's first mayor and his wife, George and Louisa Snelson.
The Napier Road cemetery is the burial grounds for almost 10,000 people. The land for the cemetery was gifted by Rangitāne in 1875. A new cemetery in Kelvin Grove was opened in 1927 and the older cemetery has been closed for many years. However the descendants of those buried at the Terrace End cemetery can be buried with their relatives if there is room.