Cemeteries Management Plan Review

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Karori Cemetery

The future of Wellington’s cemeteries

We are reviewing our strategic and management plan for Mākara, Karori and Tawa cemeteries to ensure we can meet the short and long-term needs of our growing city.

Under the Burials and Cremations Act, Wellington City Council has statutory responsibilities and functions to provide for burials and manage cemeteries.

There are a number of issues which we need to start thinking about now, so we are prepared for the future.

Karori Cemetery is almost at full capacity, and Mākara Cemetery is predicted to reach capacity for ash and burial interments between 2038 and 2047.

Demand for cemetery services and the way we use our cemeteries as open spaces is changing as our community diversifies. We need to understand what services and facilities people would like to see at our cemeteries.

Heritage protection at Karori and Tawa Cemeteries is another issue. Both date back to colonial times and have significant historic value.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Wellington City Council's cemeteries and about the review.

What's happened with the review so far

In July 2020, we undertook an informal engagement with key stakeholders and the wider community on how our cemeteries are used and ideas for the future.

Feedback has now closed and is currently being analysed. The findings will be used to inform the development of a draft plan, which will go out for formal consultation in October/November 2020.

The final plan is expected to be completed in early 2021.

The future of Wellington’s cemeteries

We are reviewing our strategic and management plan for Mākara, Karori and Tawa cemeteries to ensure we can meet the short and long-term needs of our growing city.

Under the Burials and Cremations Act, Wellington City Council has statutory responsibilities and functions to provide for burials and manage cemeteries.

There are a number of issues which we need to start thinking about now, so we are prepared for the future.

Karori Cemetery is almost at full capacity, and Mākara Cemetery is predicted to reach capacity for ash and burial interments between 2038 and 2047.

Demand for cemetery services and the way we use our cemeteries as open spaces is changing as our community diversifies. We need to understand what services and facilities people would like to see at our cemeteries.

Heritage protection at Karori and Tawa Cemeteries is another issue. Both date back to colonial times and have significant historic value.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Wellington City Council's cemeteries and about the review.

What's happened with the review so far

In July 2020, we undertook an informal engagement with key stakeholders and the wider community on how our cemeteries are used and ideas for the future.

Feedback has now closed and is currently being analysed. The findings will be used to inform the development of a draft plan, which will go out for formal consultation in October/November 2020.

The final plan is expected to be completed in early 2021.

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Many people like to place tributes on the graves of their loved ones, but the decorations can blow away, creating rubbish and causing pollution. We'd like to ask you - Should plastic decorations be banned from the city’s cemeteries?

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