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As part of its ongoing commitment to provide for community needs, Purewa Cemetery Trust Board is in the process of completing a new, state of the art funeral lounge.

The name St John’s Lounge was chosen for Purewa’s historical relationship with St John’s Theological College which gifted the 55 acre Purewa site for use as a cemetery in 1889.

Families and friends attending funerals at Purewa will soon be able to avail of the beautiful brick and cedar building with its fully equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor reception areas, and high-tech audio visual system. Large picture windows provide a peaceful outlook over the public reserve and Purewa grounds.

The new lounge is equipped with sophisticated Power Point presentation and PA systems and a host of other facilities including under-floor heating and air-conditioning – in an attractive building that complements its surrounds.

The reception lounge will accommodate people, with undercover patio space for another 150 . Automatic ceiling louvres can be opened in fine weather and closed when wet.

It was designed by local architects Ministry of Architecture & Interiors and built by longstanding Auckland builder N.Cole Ltd.

St John’s Lounge will be officially opened onFebruary 17, 2017 . Officiating in the blessing and dedication of the building will be the Right Reverend Ross Bay, Anglican Bishop of Auckland; Right Reverend Jim White, Assistant Bishop of Auckland; and Right Reverend Kito Pikaahu, Bishop for Tai Tokerau.

Purewa General Manager Clifton Thomson says the new lounge will give Purewa a second reception lounge to complement its two chapels, and also serve as an overflow facility for large funeral gatherings.

‘‘Normally any overflow from a church or chapel has a limited view of the service being held inside. With the opening of St John’s Lounge, people unable to find a seat in the chapel will be able to watch the service via a wall-mounted 85-inch screen and the best e-funeral live streaming technology available today.’’

Mr Thomson says the existing chapel is to undergo refurbishment in the New Year.

‘‘When this is complete Purewa will be the only cemetery and crematorium in New Zealand with a choice of two reception areas. Families like to come to Purewa and feel it’s a special place. Our aim is to offer more than just a ceremony; also the facility for people to find the appropriate way to farewell loved ones.’’


- Courtesy of East & Bays Courier (Fairfax Media)
Story and photos by Keith Whitten                          

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