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This page contains information about how to organise a burial in any of Council's cemeteries.
Updated: 5/12/2017 3:34 p.m.

All burials are carried out in accordance with the Burial and Cremation Act 1964.

New plots are available for purchase at Maunu cemetery only and all our plots are dug to double depth to allow for two interments. Unfortunately burial plots are no longer available in the Kamo (Ketenikau) and Onerahi cemeteries.

Veterans may be eligible for a plot in the Veteran's section of Maunu cemetery. These areas are provided by Veterans Affairs New Zealand and are free of charge. Please speak to your funeral director about eligibility requirements.

Burial bookings are available Monday to Friday at 10.30am, 1.30 & 3.30pm and 10.30am or 12.30pm on Saturday.

Artificial grass mats and lowering device are available for a small hire charge, as is a gazebo for rain/sun shelter. Although the digging of plots by the family is not permitted, the cemetery team are always happy to assist should a family wish to backfill the plots themselves.

Please make sure you communicate and special requirements to your funeral director or the cemetery team.

While we encourage you to celebrate the life of a loved one please be mindful of other cemetery users when playing music.

How to book a burial

Burials can be organised for you by a funeral director or you can make these arrangements with the cemetery yourself. 

The booking should be made with the cemetery booking service on + 64 9 430 4207 and will be  officially confirmed when the cemetery team receives paper copies of relevant documents.

A burial cannot take place until the Burial Warrant application has been granted by the cemetery manager.

To download the required forms, follow the links below.

Application for Cemetery Burial Warrant [33kb]

Cemetery Purchase Form​ [145kb]

If the plot you wish to use was purchased more than 3 months from the intended date of interment, then the following form will also need to be completed.

Authority to Open a Plot​ [32kb]


Follow the link below for details of the fees for burials in our Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Fees and Charges

Follow the link below for details of how to pay the burial fees. 

Paying Your Bills

Financial aid may be available in certain circumstances by contacting Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).

For further information about Funeral Grants, follow the link below.

Funeral Grants (Work and Income New Zealand website) Opens in a new window.

Burials in other places or dis interments

If considering a burial at sea or in a place other than a recognised cemetery or require a dis interment, please contact the Ministry of Health for the relevant information.

Ministry of Health​
PO Box 5013
Wellington 6011

Phone: +64 4 496 2000
Fax:     04 496 2340
Email:  moh@moh.govt.nz


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