The Central Otago District Council in New Zealand has adopted its new cemeteries bylaw, with a few tweaks. A recent council meeting approved the Cemeteries Bylaw 2020, and Cemeteries Handbook 2020 to address and regulate the management of cemeteries in the Central Otago district.

The bylaw replaces the expired Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw 2008.

The bylaw had been amended to clarify that it does not apply to trust-managed cemeteries.

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The proposed bylaw does apply to cemeteries and burial grounds not owned by the council but controlled and managed by council.

This future-proofed the bylaw, by providing for trusts which no longer wished to continue managing a cemetery to transfer management to the council.

The attention of councillors turned to wording as set out in the handbook.

Cr Tamah Alley said the line ‘‘no more than two deceased persons can be interred in each burial plot’’ discounted situations where more than one person was in a casket — such as a mother and daughter.

It was agreed to swap the word ‘‘persons’’ for ‘‘caskets’’.

The bylaw allows for two caskets and four ash interments per plot.








The Council aims to provide professional assistance. The services and facilities we provide for burials and cremations are designed to meet the range of bereavement needs.

Central Otago District Council maintains 11 cemeteries located at Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell, Naseby, Nevis Valley, Omakau, Ranfurly and St Bathans, of which three are closed - Hamiltons in the Maniototo, Litany Street in Cromwell and Manuherikia burial ground.

Cemetery burial records and site maps are held in Alexandra, Cromwell and Ranfurly and are available for public viewing. These are a great asset for those researching their family history. Our staff are happy to help search for any specific records.

Central Otago District Council has specific bylaws relating to cemeteries that outline the type, size and upkeep of memorials. You may also like to refer to the Central Otago Cemeteries Strategy.