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Cemeteries

Ruapehu District Council undertakes to provide a reliable and responsive interment service, including administration, record, enquiry and burial services of deceased persons at cemeteries within the District.

It is always hard to deal with the loss of loved ones and Council aims to support family and friends with a respectful environment and professional assistance.

There are two types of cemeteries in the District: 

  • Urban cemeteries generally have old sections which do not have concrete berms.  New sections all have concrete berms and RSA sections, which generally have concrete berms. 
  • Rural cemeteries generally do not have concrete berms, although a small ashes berm was installed at Owhango with volunteer community effort in 2008.

Lawn Cemeteries that are operated and maintained by Council, together with photos and location, are shown below.


 
 

Purchaser's Rights and Obligations

Some cemetery sections have concrete berms on which all plot memorials/headstones are to be constructed. All above ground grave structures, enclosures, memorials/headstones and other monuments are to be installed so as to follow the guidelines in the Public Health and Safety Bylaw 2006.

 

Erecting a Headstone

You are entitled to erect, and are obliged thereafter to maintain, memorials/headstones.

For permission to erect a headstone you must apply for a Permit to Erect a Headstone and return it to your local Council office.

 

Cemeteries or Areas Within Cemeteries with a Concrete Berm

Plinths (concrete bases of memorials/headstones) are not to be higher than 150mm, with clearances on all sides of 150mm.  Plinths are to be no wider than 1m on a single plot (or 2m on a double plot).  Memorials/headstone heights are not to exceed 0.85m above the berm or slab and are to be constructed only in granite or similar material approved by Council.

 

Cemeteries or Areas Without a Concrete Berm

In cemeteries or sections of cemeteries where there are no concrete berms, memorials can be erected at the head of the grave.  Full concrete slab covers are permitted in cemeteries that do not have a concrete berm.

 

Ashes Plots

Ashes plots vary in shape and width and memorials/headstones can be erected within the available space, provided there are clearances on all sides of 150mm.

 

Adornments

Shrubs, trees, flower plants, cobblestones and adornments are not permitted to be planted upon any plots, as this makes it difficult and expensive for Council to maintain the plots.  Vases or  flowers or plant containers housed in inserts within plinths are allowed, if placed in such a manner as approved by Council.

 

Council's Obligations

  • Council will dig and reinstate the grave.
  • Council will maintain the cemetery in a tidy state.

 

Visiting Times

Ruapehu District Council understands the need for families and friends to grieve and that this grieving is not a 9-5 process.

Cemeteries within the District are open 24 hours/day to provide the time families and friends need.

You can visit the cemeteries any time you wish, in the peaceful quiet of the night, or to watch the run rise in the early morning dawn, or to just be with your loved ones whenever you need.

 

 
Cemeteries Photo Map
Manunui
Berm/Lawn Cemetery located on State Highway 4, Manunui
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Matiere
Open section/rural cemetery located on Cemetery Road, Matiere
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Ohakune
Berm/Lawn cemetery located on Lakes Road, Ohakune
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Ohura
Open section/rural cemetery located on Mangaparare Road, Ohura
Note: State Highway 43, Tatua (Ohura West) is closed and is no longer available for new interments.
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Owhango
Open section/rural cemetery located on State Highway 4, Owhango
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Raetihi
Berm/lawn cemetery located on Parapara Road, Raetihi
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Rangataua
Open section/rural cemetery located on Ratamaire Road, Rangataua
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Raurimu
Open section/rural cemetery located on Kaitieke Road, Raurimu
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Taumarunui
Berm/lawn cemetery on the north end of Golf Road (new)
Note: Taumarunui Old Cemetery (Golf Road, near the roundabout) is closed and is not available for new interments
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Forms
Disinterment Warrant95kbView
Interment Warrant132kbView
Application to Erect a Headstone89kbView
Sale of Exclusive Rights of Burial Application61kbView
Brochures
Ohakune, Raetihi and Rangataua Cemeteries - Guide109kbView
Ohura and Matiere Cemeteries - Guide92kbView
Owhango and Raurimu Cemeteries - Guide97kbView
Taumarunui and Manunui Cemeteries - Guide112kbView
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Asset Management Plan (Recreation and Community Facilities) 2012-22View
Cemeteries - Fees and ChargesView
 
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