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As part of the services provided to the community by the Purewa Cemetery Trust Board, the website www.purewa.co.nz has undergone a major upgrade – outlining its services, amenities, live-streaming and memorialisation options, as well as providing a fascinating historical record of notable names within the cemetery.

Purewa general manager Clifton Thomson   says, ‘‘We believe it is important to have a website that people can easily access, understand and connect with."

‘‘We have been revamping the website over time, and are fortunate to have on staff someone with a professional background in film and television who has been largely instrumental in the upgrade.’’

Purewa assistant manager Alastair Crombie viewing video material for the website update.

Assistant manager Alastair Crombie has 25 years experience in multi-media roles.

He says, ‘‘The website has always been informative and now new technologies enable us to take it to a more professional level, including the audio excellence of journalist-presenter Kay Gregory and the videography and drone photography of Roger Mills.

‘‘People can not only watch and hear the video link but also easily access information on services such as the two chapels and two reception lounges; also Purewa’s multi-camera video recording and e-funeral live streaming services that enable people anywhere in the world to log in and watch a funeral service.

‘‘We can provide regular updates on ongoing projects such as the children’s mosaic pathway and the research project documenting the grave sites of ‘names of significance’ from Auckland’s history, led by Purewa Trust Board Chairman John Priestley and Professor of History Peter Lineham. We have identified 350 names and so far posted 40 biographies on the website, from artist Charles Goldie to poet Allen Curnow and captain of All Blacks and industry, Sir Wilson Whineray.’’

Mr Thomson says Purewa Cemetery has earned a high level of trust within the community over 128 years of operation. ‘‘The website is designed to build on that trust by giving access to information, delivered in a simple, dignified manner.’’

You can access the website, with its audi-visual links and menu of services including ash memorialisation options and burial and cremation search services, by visiting www.purewa.co.nz

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

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