Purewa’s Lounge of Remembrance has reopened for after funeral catering functions after major renovation.
For the past six months the lounge housed the administration office staff while a new state of the art administration centre was under construction.
The Lounge of Remembrance had earlier been refurbished with a new high-pitched ceiling, additional windows, repainting, carpeting, new toilets and furniture.
The lounge was built in the early 1970s as an administration office before being converted for after funeral functions. Nestled in a garden setting, the lounge is suitable for funerals of up to 100 guests and is a perfect complement to the larger St John’s Lounge, which opened two years ago.
Purewa general manager Alastair Crombie says the Lounge of Remembrance offers families an attractive, modern setting in a more intimate space suitable for smaller funerals.
“The new pitched roof and additional windows provide much more natural light into the lounge, and this combined with the repainted interior and new furniture, provide a modern welcoming atmosphere for families,” he says.
“Purewa is the only cemetery and crematorium in New Zealand that can offer families a choice of two after funeral catering lounges to complement our two chapels – All Saints and All Souls. Because the lounges are some distance apart, they can both operate at the same time while offering families complete privacy, which is very important after a funeral,” he says.
Purewa was established by the Anglican Church in 1889 when a need was recognised for a cemetery closer to Auckland than Waikumete in the west, which was opened in 1886.
The Purewa Cemetery Trust Board, which administers the cemetery and crematorium, invests in a continuing programme of new building development and conservation of the historic part of the cemetery, where many early Auckland identities from all walks of life are buried.