Submissions have now closed

Have we got it right for you?

We’re reviewing our Cemeteries Bylaw. The Bylaw regulates activities and set standards for the operation of cemeteries under the control of Council.

So what does this mean for you? 

Here's what we currently do:

  • Have two separate bylaws to regulate cemetery activities in Waikato District – the Waikato District Council Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw 2008 and the Franklin District Cemeteries Bylaw 2008.

We're proposing the following changes:

  • Moving from two separate Bylaws to one single district wide Bylaw
  • Only Monumental Masons to undertake monument works in all Cemeteries
  • Confirming the number of plots that can be pre purchased.

Consultation Summary

The proposed bylaw was notified for public consultation on 20 April 2016, with submissions closing on 20 May 2016. 

In total, 9 submissions have been received on the proposed bylaw, with 5 submitters indicating that they wish to be heard. Submitters commented on a variety of issues associated with the proposed bylaw including:

  • Hours of operation
  • Use of approved Monumental Masons
  • Size of headstones

Staff have considered each submission and have provided a response to each of the points raised.

As a result of the submissions there have been a number of recommended changes to the clauses in the bylaw.

Next Steps

Hearings are being held on 20 June in the Council Chambers in Ngaruawahia.