Bylaw for cemeteries
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.