New burial plots are available at all four cemeteries, with the option of two interments in one plot. For baby graves, Hastings and Havelock North cemeteries have children’s memorial gardens. All burial areas, with the exception of the Muslim burial area at Mangaroa Cemetery, accept all religions and non-religious burials.
Graves can be re-opened on request for the burial of the next-of-kin or a person nominated by the holder of the Exclusive Right of Burial for the given plot.
All graves are dug by cemetery staff and presented funeral-ready. Putlogs and webbing (often referred to as sticks and straps) are provided for lowering the coffin. If a lowering device (a mechanical means of lowering the coffin) is required, your funeral director will be able to supply this service.
When people buy a burial or ash interment plot they are buying a “right of burial” into the plot only.
The land is still owned and operated by Hastings District Council, and as such there are limits to what adornments are allowed and where they can be placed.
The council bylaw states the addition of any items, such as decorative displays (eg. glass or pottery jars or vases), that might cause health and safety issues for people, are prohibited.
Maintenance staff work hard to maintain and keep an eye on adornments, but can remove these items if they are deemed to be a health and safety hazard.
If they need to be removed, staff try to contact the family in advance.
It is up to burial plot owners/family to maintain any headstone and plaque that they own at the site.
Due to health and safety requirements and the safety of members of the public visiting the facilities, however, no person is allowed to undertake any work in a cemetery or the grounds of a crematorium without approval, which includes planting of any kind.
Cemetery gardens are maintained by cemetery staff to keep the grounds tidy and orderly.
A number of options for ashes burial or placements are available at some or all of Council’s four cemeteries (view the fees and charges page for prices). These are:
Where a loved one’s ashes have been scattered in the grounds or elsewhere, remembrance plaques are also available. These include:
While most funerals are arranged by a funeral director, this is not a legal requirement. If you wish to arrange a funeral there are a few legal requirements for the cremation to proceed at our Hawke's Bay Crematorium.
Complete and bring with you the required forms, available in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page.
Forms A, B, F and H must be completed.
You will also need to arrange the following:
Please note, the deceased cannot be delivered to the crematory out of work hours. Overtime fees may apply to certain times and days
The following local medical referees are able to sign the Permission to Cremate form.
A medical referee will not sign the Permission to Cremate form if all the forms are not correctly completed or if they have any cause to suspect wrongdoing.
All medical referees are working doctors so an appointment will be necessary to process the paperwork.
While the cost of the medical referee signature is included in the cremation fee, the medical referee may charge for their time.
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