Palmerston City Council in New Zealand is proposing to revoke in its entirety clause 11.7 from its Cemeteries & Crematorium Bylaw 2018, which states ‘No person may decorate the soil of a grave located in the lawn cemetery with the use of construction materials such as concrete, stone or metal or with the construction of fences or pavement

The amendment to the bylaw removes the restrictions on the use of construction materials to decorate the soil of a grave in the lawn cemetery.

This change will allow the Council to be more sensitive to the varying needs of bereaved people, by allowing more flexibility in the decoration of graves.

Other rules in relation to decorating the soil of a grave at Council cemeteries still stand, and grave decorations remain subject to other enforceable provisions in the bylaw.

Consultation Document