Whanganui Midweek

Cemeteries, crematoria survey open

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Whanganui District Council is inviting the community to complete a survey on burials, cemeteries, cremations, monuments and memorials in the district, ahead of a review of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw in 2023.

Council senior policy analyst, Justin Walters, says the council is keen to hear views from across the community.

“How we care for deceased loved ones is relevant to all of us at some stage. We’re aware that this is a sensitive and deeply significan­t matter and we want to make sure our bylaw meets the needs and interests of our increasing­ly diverse community.”

The survey takes 10-15 minutes and questions cover a range of issues such as cemetery maintenanc­e, nuisance behaviour at cemeteries, access to burial services, natural burials, materials allowed for headstones and whether there should be a dedicated area for scattering ashes.

Everyone who fills in the survey will have the option to go in the draw to win a $50.00 grocery voucher.

The survey closes on Friday, 4 February 2022 – please visit: www.whanganui.govt.nz/cemeteries-bylaw-review

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