Waikumete Cemetery in Glen Eden is one of the largest cemeteries that we operate, and has a long heritage.
The space that is currently available for lawn burials is expected to be purchased within the next five years, and there are no remaining areas of the cemetery that can be easily developed.
We are currently investigating the possibilities for expanding the burial capacity at Waikumete Cemetery.
We want you to have your say on the potential development zones we have identified and your preferred burial methods.
Expanding the cemetery
We have identified several areas in the cemetery that could be suitable for development.
We have considered:
- ecologically significant parts of the cemetery, like the gumlands ecosystem
- the historic and heritage values of the graves, memorials and buildings
- topography, ground condition, drainage and access within the cemetery
- regulatory constraints like the Unitary Plan and Heritage NZ
- operational requirements like access for machinery
- the cost of things like development, operations and maintenance.
Most of the areas we have identified fall within Significant Ecological Areas in the cemetery. Any development of these areas would require careful consideration of the area's ecological value, which would inform the resource consent process.
You can see maps of the existing challenges and the proposed areas for development in the consultation documents section.
A number of burial methods are currently available at Waikumete Cemetery, including lawn burials, natural burials, public and private mausolea, ash burials, ash vaults and ash scattering.
A description of the different burial types is available in the consultation documents section.
We are also considering vault body burials, which would be new to the cemetery.
We want you to have your say on what burial options you would be comfortable with, in addition to the traditional lawn burials.
Your feedback may provide us with additional options to maximise the use of the available space at Waikumete Cemetery.
When you can have your say
You can have your say from 5 March to 2 April 2019. See the Ways to have your say page to find out how.
We will analyse your comments and use them to inform the Waikumete Cemetery Development Feasibility Report.
This will go to the Environment and Community Committee in mid-2019.