Permission and payment information for interments.
If you submitted an online Application for Interment from 1 October 2016 to today and have not received an email or call from the cemeteries team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 941 8646.
Permission and payment for the burial taking place must be obtained from the Cemeteries Administrator by completing this Application for Interment form.
Interments occur on the hour and at 30 minutes past the hour from Monday to Friday between 9am - 4pm and Saturday between 9am - 1pm.
The Cemeteries Administrator or Sexton must be notified of any time changes.
Interments can take place on a weekend or Public Holiday with prior approval of the Urban Parks Team Leader, additional fees apply.
No interments are scheduled on Christmas Day, Good Friday or Anzac Day.
Where Public Holidays fall on a Sunday and are observed on a Tuesday, interments can occur between 9am and 1pm, at the discretion of the Cemeteries Administrator.
The Council recognises, and provides for, the spiritual and cultural values of Maori regarding the departure of mate (dead people). This includes the choice to select a plot of significance to them, such as having the headstone face north, the availability of water at the cemetery, the opportunity for Maori to fill in the grave, and to have a ceremony to unveil the headstone, if desired.
Eco-burials (also referred to as natural burials) are a form of burial where no chemicals or toxic substances are used to preserve or embalm the body or in the burial process. Decomposition is encouraged. The aim of an Eco-burial site is to encourage indigenous restoration. Eco-burial plots can not be reserved or pre-purchased. A planting ceremony, with plants provided by the Council, will occur in autumn each year, where friends and relatives are invited to participate in the ceremony and join in the planting. Eco-burials are currently not available at Council cemeteries but potential sites are being investigated.
A current alternative to Eco-burials, a green burial also involves no embalming but may take place in any operational cemetery. Green burials are subject to the same monument rules that apply to other burials in that particular cemetery, for example no plants or shrubs are to be planted on top of the grave. An area of Diamond Harbour Cemetery has been set aside for green burials with no headstones.
For a burial at sea contact a Funeral Director who can organise the necessary application.
A body interred in a shroud must be placed on a board for interment. The body is to be firmly fastened to the base to prevent movement of the body when transferring and lowering.
Ex-Service Personnel who have had war service or service that is defined as equivalent to war service, and their spouses or partners, may be buried in a Service area.
You can request to fill a grave, please discuss with your Funeral Director or the Cemeteries Administrator. Conditions apply.
Only an approved Council Contractor or person authorised by the Council is permitted to dig a grave for the burial of human remains, or ashes of human remains, in a Council Cemetery.
Where a second or subsequent interment takes place, and the grave has a concrete cover or surround, only an approved Council Contractor is permitted to break the concrete. The Cemeteries Administrator can provide a list of approved Contractors. Any costs involved in breaking and reinstating the concrete is the responsibility of the owner of the grave and must comply with all the monumental specifications for that cemetery. Ash interments are managed the same way as a casket interment.
Any requests to disinter either a body or ashes must be made in the first instance to a Funeral Director, who will apply for the disinterment.