Status: Approved by the Council 20 July 2010
To limit the purchase of the exclusive right of burial in a plot to the time of a bereavement.
To prevent any reservation of a natural burial plot.
To reduce the number of unused plots.
To support the long term usability of natural burial plots.
The policy covers:
The activity of burials in New Plymouth District Council’s cemeteries with the addition of natural burial that involve a shallow grave, no embalming, biodegradable casket, over planting of the grave and no headstone.
- No sales of exclusive rights of burial will be permitted for plots in Council managed cemeteries unless there has been a recent bereavement and interment in those cemeteries of a spouse or other close family member and it is possible to offer an exclusive right without significantly compromising the available burial space.
- There is no option for reserving plots in designated natural burials areas including the purchase of right of use of an adjacent plot at a time of recent bereavement and interment.
Applications for burial from the New Plymouth District Council shall be on the approved form and include:
- A death certificate or other documentation relating to the release of the body.
- Relevant information where a person died of a communicable disease.
- Written confirmation by the applicant that the requirements have been met.
Application fees for the exclusive right of use of a plot may be set by New Plymouth District Council from time to time, pursuant to Section 150 of the Local Government Act 2002, and shall include consideration of:
- The actual cost of processing the application.
- The actual cost of purchasing the exclusive right of use of a burial plot.
- The actual cost of the burial.
Review of Policy
This policy shall be reviewed prior to each triennial anniversary of the date on which it takes effect.
Notes: Okato, Purangi Te Henui and the new district cemetery have been added into clause D(1) of the revised policy for completeness.
Purchase involves the ‘right of use’ to be buried in a plot. Once a burial takes place, use is considered perpetual, otherwise a 60 year term applies.