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Cemeteries and Crematorium Bylaw review

We're proposing to adopt a new Cemeteries and Crematorium Bylaw. The bylaw facilitates the service we provide, covering issues like the sale of burial plots, vehicle control, and keeping the graves and monuments in good order.

Council manages four cemeteries and one crematorium: 

  • Ashhurst Cemetery
  • Bunnythorpe Cemetery
  • Kelvin Grove Cemetery and Crematorium
  • Terrace End Cemetery

These are detailed in the consultation document, which you can download at the bottom of this page. 

Key changes

Removing the repetitive provisions relating to burial.

Clarifying what a natural burial is and a natural burial cemetery.

Introducing an administration manual to manage the administrative provisions in the current bylaw. These include interment application, cremation application, items prohibited from cremator, scattering of ashes request, exclusive right of burial application and conditions, disinterment authority, monument permit and conditions, grave decorations approval and breach, keeping records and headstone specifications.

Clarifying the purchase of exclusive right of burial, and the conditions that come with the purchase of the right, including the process for when the right lapses.

Protecting Council obligations under the resource consent granted for the operation of the cremator, and also the longevity of the cremator.

Creating an official process for scattering ashes and disinterring ashes at Council cemeteries.

Removing the five-year maximum period for on the soil grave decorations, and instead allow on the soil decorations for 12 months with the ability to renew approval annually. Clarifying what grave decorations are and are not permissible, and providing a clear approval process and also a process to resolve a breach of the bylaw.


Submissions on the draft bylaw closed on 11 June. They'll be included in a report to our Planning and Strategy Committee for consideration at its next meeting, on 6 August.

  • November: Report to Council
  • November-December: Informal consultation
  • January-March: Draft changes to bylaw
  • April: Report to Council to seek approval to consult
  • May-June: Formal consultation period
  • August-September: Hearings, deliberation, adoption