By­law for ceme­ter­ies

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Sub­mis­sions are open on a pro­posed by­law and code of prac­tice for the man­age­ment of ceme­ter­ies and cre­ma­to­ri­ums. It will re­place eight legacy by­laws, cre­at­ing a sin­gle ap­proach to man­ag­ing op­er­a­tional fa­cil­i­ties across the re­gion.

The by­law aims to en­sure the health and safety of vis­i­tors and work­ers, pre­vent dam­age and mis­use in the fa­cil­ity and pro­vide for the de­ceased in a con­trolled and re­spect­ful man­ner.

Reg­u­la­tory and by­laws com­mit­tee chair­man Calum Pen­rose says the by­law will re­tain the abil­ity to ap­ply vari­a­tion so that ceme­ter­ies still re­flect the com­mu­ni­ties they serve, in­clud­ing how graves can be dec­o­rated.

’’Our ceme­ter­ies are more than just a fi­nal rest­ing place for our loved ones; they also strengthen and sup­port a sense of com­mu­nity and re­flect the his­tory of lo­cal pi­o­neers and cul­tures that founded and in­flu­enced our city,’’ he says. Auck­land Coun­cil man­ages 52 ceme­ter­ies with grounds cov­er­ing 290 hectares from Rod­ney in the north to Franklin in the south. Just 30 are op­er­a­tional.

You can have your say on the Auck­land Coun­cil Pro­posed Ceme­ter­ies and Cre­ma­to­ria By­law un­til May 5.

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