This page contains information about how to organise a burial in any of Council's cemeteries.
6/05/2019 4:20 p.m.
Purchasing a Burial Plot
When purchasing a plot, you are in fact purchasing exclusive right of interment and not the land itself, this remains the property of Whangarei District Council.
Exclusive Right of Interment expires after 60 years if the plot has not had an interment take place.
The types of burial plots available to purchase currently are:
Plot Type: Standard
Interment per plot: 2
Description: Standard lawn plot with concrete berm for memorial placement
Plot Type: Family
Interment per plot: 2
Description: Family Burial Area. Plots are set back to back with an area set between for memorial placement.
Plot Type: Natural
Interment per plot: 1
Description: Natural Burial Area. There are some restrictions with the area, refer Natural Burial section below
Plot Type: Children
Cemetery: Maunu and Onerahi
Interment per plot: 1
Description: Each cemetery has sections set aside for children up to the age of 12 years old.
Plot Type: Newborn and Stillborn
Interment per plot: 1
Description: The stillborn walkway located in the Children's Forest Glade provides an option for family without having to purchase a full size children's plot
As many plots have been pre-purchased, please see cemetery staff you can show you what is available in each area.
Arranging a Burial
Burials can be arranged through either a funeral director or directly with the cemetery. To arrange a burial directly, please contact the cemetery team to who will guide you through the process.
You will need to complete two forms which can be found attached to the burial information pack
Burial Information Pack [777KB]
Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
For any burial to take place, a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death or Coroner’s Authorisation must be given to cemetery staff as stated in sections 46AA and 46A of the Burial and Cremation Act 1964.
All fees must be paid in full before a burial can take place, Council does not offer the facility of credit to private individuals. If this may be of concern, it is recommended seek further advice from a Funeral Director.
Payment can be made in person at any Council Service Centre, Credit Card via phoning the main service centre or internet banking.
Internet Banking payments will need to be made at least one working day before desired booking time for the revenue team to confirm payment. i.e.
- Wednesday burial - payment by Monday night
- Saturday burial - payment by Thursday night.
Customer Service Centres
- Forum North, Rust Ave, Whangarei
- Ruakaka Service Centre, Takutai Place, Ruakaka
(09) 430 4200 - Visa and Mastercard accepted
Account number: 12-3115-0040516-002
Reference Field 1: Cemetery
Reference Field 2: Plot Number
Reference Field 3: Reserved / Deceased Surname
How does a burial work?
Before your arrival, the cemetery team will prepare the plot to the specifications outlined in the Burial Warrant Application. Due to health and safety regulations, plots can only be dug by cemetery staff.
Upon arrival at the cemetery, a staff member will greet the funeral director and give them an overview of the plot. This gives cemetery staff the opportunity to pass on any issues, health and safety issues, and ensure correct procedures are followed i.e. direction of casket, how the lowering device works.
If no funeral director is present, then the person in their place will need to make themselves known to cemetery staff for this briefing.
The funeral director or family member will then conduct the funeral and lower the casket when required.
If backfilling has been requested, staff will need to be notified when the family is ready start. Staff will then remove any mats and/or lowering device and provide shovels.
All the council cemeteries have a considerable amount of rock throughout the soil and in order to keep the fees lower, we do not buy in soil to backfill plots. What has been removed during digging will be what is used to backfill.
Family wishing to backfill will also need to comply with our health & safety regulations and direction from staff. Closed footwear is mandatory.
If backfilling has not been requested, staff will wait until all family members have left, then fill the plot in and make good the surrounding site.
Family Burial Area
Maunu Cemetery has a dedicated area for families to purchase plots in central groups. These groupings of plots allow for a central monument to be installed.
Plot groupings range from two plots up to six plots and each individual plot has capacity for two burial interments. Ashes may also be interred in these plots.
To purchase plots within this area, please speak to one of the cemetery team and they will be able to show you what is available.
All plots with a grouping must be paid for at the same time. Standard burial charges apply when the plots are required for use.
Natural Burial Area
Maunu Cemetery offers a unique approach to natural burials, plots are set amongst the existing native bush.
Specific plots cannot be purchased in the area, instead when a plot is required, the next suitable position within the area will be assigned.
What is a Natural Burial?
The idea is that the burial is as natural as possible, with minimal impact to the environment. This means there are certain restrictions on both the deceased and caskets, along with the method of burial.
Burials in this area are dug to 800mm, this is so the casket sits in the active layer of earth and will break down at a faster rate than that of a traditional burial plot. Because of this, plots are only suitable for singleburials.
What is allowed?
- Untreated timber including bamboo
- Natural material / fabric shrouds with untreated timber base boards
- Natural lining material / fabric (i.e. cotton)
- Treated timber
- Untreated plywood
- Synthetic fabric / material lining
- Plastic / metal casket hardware (i.e. handles)
- Nothing accompanying the body inside the casket
- Non-ferrous metal engraved name plate - Full Legal Name
- Synthetic fabric / material cothing
- Watches, phones, electronic devices
- Untreated wooden cross / marker (painted lettering permitted, not to be replace when claimed by nature)
- Memorial stones or plaques
- Fresh flowers (no plastic wrapping)
- Plastic flowers, trinkets, flower holders - anything that is not fresh flowers