There are six (6) cemeteries in the Waimate District:
- Glenavy (closed)
- Maori Cemetery in Waimate
- Morven (closed)
*Please note: The Hakataramea cemetery is cared for by the Hakataramea Cemetery Trust. For enquiries please contact:
Please use the cemetery search feature to local burials in the Waimate Cemetery. The other cemeteries will be added to the search database at a later date.
Disclaimer: Waimate District Council makes every endeavour to ensure the information in the cemetery database is correct, but accuracy or completeness is not guaranteed. If there is any information that you think is incorrect please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct information with supporting documentation.
Plots can be purchased from Council at any time and can be held for any duration. There are, however, times when a person wishes to sell a plot. Please contact Council or call +64 3 689 0000 to discuss this.
Plots are dug to a single depth for a single burial, or they can be dug to double depth which allows loved ones to be buried together.
Only people with Council authority can dig a grave and cover it following interment.
When a body is to be buried, please give Council 2 working days’ notice. Interments are to be carried out between 9am and 3pm. “By right”, outside of these hours must be approved by Council and may attract an overtime charge.
Under exceptional circumstances, urgent burials are possible, however, Council must be contacted to make suitable arrangements
A container containing the ashes of a deceased person may be buried in the special part of the cemetery or in a family plot or plot as agreed by the owner.
Headstones, memorials and adornments
The standards size of a headstone is 280cm x 380cm. Memorials must be made of granite or a suitable material approved by Council. Please consult with a monumental mason or specialist tradesperson and Council before undertaking this work.
Adornments should be appropriate and should not encroach into neighbouring plots.
Maintenance and upkeep
It is the responsibility of the deceased person’s family to look after the plot, including the headstone, other monuments and adornments.
Council, in turn, will care for the cemetery, mowing lawns, tending common garden areas and generally maintaining the land.
Vases and adornments must be kept on the concrete beam and stay clear of the mowing strip.
If a headstone becomes unsafe and is likely to fall or if any other part of the plot requires some type of maintenance Council will undertake this work if the family cannot be contacted.
The Waimate Cemetery is divided into two sections – the old cemetery and the new cemetery. The old cemetery is still open for burials. Plots can no longer be purchased, however, burials still take place there.
Additional land has been purchased for the extension of the Waimate Cemetery. While the land remains undeveloped at this stage, it will be prepared when needed.
Who to contact
If you would like information about the purchase of a plot please contact the sexton on +6427 705 9683. For general enquiries please contact Council here, email email@example.com or call +64 3 689 0000.
For more information about Waimate District cemeteries please refer to the Cemeteries Bylaw.
Fees and charges
View the current fees and charges.
Green Flag Award winner 2022/23
Waimate Cemetery won the Green Flag Award for 2022/23 – an international standard which recognises and rewards parks and green spaces that provide high-quality and innovative recreational experiences.
The award was the culmination of an extensive application process and inspection of the site by Green Flag judges. Criteria included how well the park was managed, planned for, and presented.
The judges commented that it was evident the site is managed by a passionate and committed team who go the extra mile and take pride in the place they are responsible for.