The council is comprehensively reviewing its Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw – which is due for its five year review – and associated policies. These set out the council’s rules for and approach to cemeteries, burials, cremations and monuments within the district.
We recently conducted a survey to help us understand the public's views on some of the key issues. This closed on Friday, 4 February 2022.
If you missed out on taking the survey you can share your ideas with us below.
How we’re working
An advisory panel has been set up to assist with the review due to the significant community interest in these matters. The panel consists of representatives from key community groups, including Iwi, the Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities, the New Zealand Remembrance Army, natural burial advocates and funeral directors as well as a number of elected members.
Panel members will play an important role in the review process, raising issues that are important to their respective communities, working together to help create potential solutions to identified issues, and making recommendations to the council on preferred options for public consultation.
The council needs to revise this bylaw before it expires in August 2023. The Ministry of Health is conducting a comprehensive review of the Burials and Cremations Act 1964, which the current bylaw was created under, and the ministry expects the general policy approach to be publicly available next year. The review timeframe for the council's bylaw and associated policies will let us take the likely legislative changes into consideration. We expect our review to continue through 2022 and conclude in early 2023 when the council adopts the updated bylaw and policies.
The current bylaw
The current Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw was introduced in 2016 and sets out regulations for the operation of public, council-owned and administered cemeteries and crematoria in the district. Its main purposes are to ensure that human remains are interred in an appropriate manner and that land and physical structures in cemeteries are protected.
The health and safety of the public, visitors and workers is an underlying concern, as is ensuring that processes and practices that take place in the cemeteries are safe for all.
Read the current bylaw(PDF, 2MB)
Updating related council policies
As we review the bylaw, we will also review and update related council policies, including the Cemetery Monument Policy, Plaques and Memorials Policy, Natural Burial Policy and Cultural Guidelines for the Burial of Kōiwi in Aramoho Cemetery to ensure that they are all aligned and still fit for purpose.