We're delighted to announce we’ve partnered with Wellington City Council in New Zealand, to provide a brand new digital solution for their cemetery operations.

With over 107,900 plot records, Wellington City Council operates two cemeteries - one in Mākara Valley and one in Karori. Mākara Cemetery, set on 84 hectares of semi-rural land in the Mākara Valley, is Wellington’s principal cemetery. Karori Cemetery is New Zealand’s second largest burial ground, covering 40 hectares. In addition to these, Council maintains two closed cemeteries, located at Bolton Street and Tawa Flat.

Karori Cemetery, New ZelandKarori Cemetery, New Zeland

Headquartered in Ireland and with offices throughout the United States and Sydney, PlotBox is the leading cloud-based death care management solution that facilitates death care organisations, such as cemeteries and crematoria, in operating to world-class standards through the use of their cloud-based solution.

Wellington City Council are embarking on this exciting enhancement to their cemeteries’ records management and how they undertake their operational activities, through moving their information to the PlotBox solution.

In the words of Elizabeth Reddington, Wellington City Council Cemeteries Manager: “Using PlotBox will enable our cemeteries team to manage our cemeteries more efficiently and focus on what’s most important, and will reduce pressure on staff by using up-to-date, innovative technology. PlotBox's people share our vision to ensure good customer experiences and to always be adapting to change.”

Sean McAllister, PlotBox CEO commented, “We’re really pleased to partner with Wellington City Council. We look forward to enabling them and the citizens of Wellington to have access to data they can trust, at any time, from wherever they are.”

Karori Cemetery opened in 1891 to address overcrowding at Bolton Street Cemetery.

In 1909, it received New Zealand's first crematorium, which is still in use and is Australasia's oldest.

Karori Cemetery eached capacity during the 1950s, and Makara Cemetery became Wellington's main burial ground. Burials at Karori happen only in pre-purchased family plots, in children's plots, and in pre-purchased ash plots.

The Karori Crematorium and Chapel are listed (Class I) with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Mākara Cemetery is Wellington's largest cemetery. It was founded after Karori Cemetery edged towards full capacity in 1940, the first burial occurred in 1965. It is currently about one third full.

The burial ground Ngā Iwi o Te Motu Urupā is open for Māori and their whānau in Mākara Cemetery.

St Patricks Church was built in Mākara in 1873 by the Catholic Diocese. It is now a non-denominational, community owned church and often serves as a function area alongside the Makara Hall next door.

Plotbox is one of the CCANSW's generous sponsors.