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Cemeteries

A copy of the Cemeteries Bylaw can be viewed here.

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council provides and manages five cemeteries throughout the district.

These are located at Maketu, Te Puke, Oropi and Katikati.
Both Katikati and the Te Puke cemetery have a Returned Services section as well as a children's section for those 13 years and under. All of the cemeteries are interdenominational.

Cemetery Status        Location Area Office       Earliest Known Burial  
Maketu Cemetery Open Spencer Avenue,
Maketu
Te Puke 1865  
Old Te Puke Cemtery Closed

Cnr Landscape Road /SH 33, 
Te Puke

Te Puke 1886  

Te Puke Cemetery    

Open Dudley Vercoe Drive,
Te Puke
Te Puke 1958  
Oropi Cemetery Open Oropi Road, Oropi                  Barkes Corner 1897  
Katikati Cemetery Open Hot Spring Road, Katikati Katikati 1878

Cemetery records are kept at Council area offices in Te Puke, Barkes Corner and Katikati and enquiries can be made for genealogical purposes.

Memorial Headstones
All above-ground grave structures, enclosures, memorial headstones and other
monuments may be installed only in accordance with a Consent issued by the
Council and must be kept in good order and repair by the purchasers of the Plots
or their representatives.

The Council may carry out regular inspections of memorial headstones and other
monuments to ensure that they present no danger or inconvenience to both the
public and the Council’s Maintenance Contractors.

Subject to the provisions of the Burial and Cremation (Removal of Monuments
and Tablets) Regulations 1967, the Council
(a) may remove any installation of any kind that has fallen into a state of
decay or disrepair; and
(b) may remove any item that did not receive consent under clause 6.1; and
(c) must take a photographic record of the installation before it is removed
and the photographic record must be retained in the Council’s Cemetery
records.

Before any monumental work commences a drawing and specification of the
proposed monument must be submitted to the Council for approval.

Where the Council designates land for a Memorial Park or Berm Cemetery,
headstones and other monuments may only be erected subject to conditions
specified by the Council.

Memorial Headstone Application Form

The dimensions for Memorial Headstone can be viewed here.

Katikati Remembrance Wall Application Form