New Zealand Cemeteries & Crematoria Week returns this month from 31 October – 8 November. Organised by the New Zealand Cemeteries & Crematoria Collective (NZCCC), Cemeteries & Crematoria Week is an opportunity to recognise the importance of cemeteries, crematoria, and burial grounds in our communities.

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NZCCC are encouraging councils, private cemeteries, and volunteer groups across the country to get involved by running events to raise awareness of the value of cemeteries in the community. The week seeks to educate the public and honor the significance of these sacred spaces. 

NZCCC spokesperson, Karl Nesbitt, says, “These places provide a valuable space for grief, reflection, community, and joy. We want to be able to recognise their significant role, the people that maintain them, and show the public that they are not spaces of gloom. They have life, colour, history and culture!”