One hundred burial plots at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium have been made available for pre purchase by the public.
Under its cemetery management programme, the Purewa Cemetery Trust Board, has launched the initiative to make plots more easily available.
Previously the pre purchase of burial plots was restricted to families needing them for an imminent burial or to those with parents already buried at Purewa. The offer runs from May this year until May 2020 and is restricted to one plot per person.
Plots will be available throughout the cemetery which covers 53 acres (20 hectares). Under the Cemetery Management Programme the Board also plans to resite the existing workshop and to build a purpose built facility in another part of the grounds. This move will eventually create space for about 200 additional burial plots.
Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium General Manager Alastair Crombie says about 100 burials are conducted a year, with recent interest in burials showing some increase.
“While many families are choosing cremation, there is a strong demand for burials, which can be very culturally and personally important and it’s still a preferred option for many families,” Mr Crombie says.
“I’m pleased the Board has made this year-long release of pre purchase plots to the public and I think many people who were previously unable to purchase will take advantage of the opportunity to secure themselves a burial plot at Purewa.”
Purewa was established in 1889 by the Anglican Church and this year celebrates 130 years of service to the community of the eastern suburbs of Auckland.
In 1844 Bishop Selwyn purchased the St John’s land from the Crown. The St John’s Theological College was created on part of the land in 1844-1845 and remains there today.
The St John’s land was used as grazing pasture for many years until 1886 when Bishop Cowie asked the Anglican Synod in Auckland for a cemetery closer to the developing Auckland than Waikumete in the west.
Following Bishop Cowie’s request the St John’s trustees set aside some 50 acres of the St John’s land as a cemetery – Purewa.