Disinterment Instruction - PDF file (658.1 KB)
Exclusive Right of Burial Application & Agreement - PDF file (193.7 KB)
Interment Instruction & Warrant - PDF file (188.7 KB)
Monumental or Lawn Conversion Work Application - PDF file (454.1 KB)
Prior to the family arriving at the cemetery the assigned plot will be dug and dressed ready for the interment of the casket.
The family will be asked in advance by their Funeral Director if they wish to fill in the plot (backfill) themselves. Should they choose this option the funeral director, along with cemetery staff, will guide the family through this process at the appropriate time.
Should a family choose not to backfill, the plot will be reinstated by cemetery staff after the family has left the site. Any flowers left by the family will be placed on the plot and will remain there for seven days.
Ashes can be interred in an ashes plot or a burial plot. If ashes are being interred in a burial plot, in most cases the ashes will be placed under the headstone or lawn plaque. Occasionally family may wish to wait until a casket burial takes place within the plot and then place the ashes inside the casket. If the latter applies, we would appreciate notification so that we can update our cemetery records.
Families have the option to be present for an ash burial or a Cemetery staff member can inter the ashes in the absence of the family.
If a family wish to inter the ashes of a loved one, they need to make a booking with the Cemetery Administrator at least 48 hours in advance. On the day, the assigned plot will be prepared (dug) and dressed by cemetery staff prior to the family’s arrival. Alongside the plot will be soil for the family to use to cover the ashes after the interment if they wish.
No staff will attend unless specifically requested by prior arrangement. Following the interment and departure of family the plot and surrounding garden will be reinstated by staff.
If a family wish to have ashes interred, but not attend, they can arrange through a funeral director or with the Cemetery Administrator at the Council. Family may request the date on which the ashes are to be interred on their behalf and cemetery staff will inter the ashes on that date, provided it is not a Sunday or a public holiday.
The last booking time for all burials and ashes interments, Monday to Friday, is 4.00pm during the summer months (day light savings time) and 3:30pm during the winter months.
Any burials outside of these hours will need prior approval from cemetery management and will incur an afterhours fee, including all burials on a Saturday that start after 1pm.
Where possible bookings should be made at least 48hours in advance. Please contact a funeral director or the Manawatu District Council Cemetery Administrator to discuss booking times.
For all burials and ashes interments the Interment Instruction and Warrant (PDF file, 188.7 KB) must be completed and received by the Manawatu District Council Cemeteries administrator at least 24 hours prior to the burial. Please just fill out the first page.
The Garden of Remembrance
The Garden of Remembrance area is designed to provide the option to inter ashes in a peaceful garden setting and provides for the interment of up to two sets of ashes, which are placed in front of the plaque.