New Plymouth District Council (New Zealand) has published a draft  "Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw 2019" and " Cemeteries and Crematoria Handbook".

The Council cites the purpose of the "Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw 2019" is to facilitate the orderly, safe, and efficient management of cemeteries and crematoria under the control of the Council; and minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in cemeteries and crematoria under the control of the Council.

About the  " Cemeteries and Crematoria Handbook"  it states

. Introduction In compiling this Cemeteries and Crematoria Handbook, New Plymouth District Council staff have been very conscious that we are dealing with a deeply important and sensitive matter for our community. How we care for our deceased loved ones is one of the most intimate and personal experiences for each of us.

As a community, our cemeteries are an expression of the respect we show to those who have gone before. They are to be places of contemplation, of respect for our history and the stories of our people. They are places to come to grieve, to remember and to give thanks.

Cemetery services are delivered by the Council’s Parks and Open Spaces Team. All requests for cemetery information or services should be referred to the Cemetery and Crematorium Officer in the first instance.

This handbook contains information relating to the key operational areas of cemeteries and crematoria controlled by the Council, and provides rules to facilitate the orderly, safe and efficient management of these cemeteries and crematoria. It reflects our desire to provide an environment and services that support the needs of the community; and is intended as a ready reference for funeral directors, the public and other customers.


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