Our cemeteries

Our three public cemeteries are in some of the region's most beautiful locations, providing a stunning final resting spot for our loved ones.


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Cemetery search

You can search our burial and cremation records for our three public cemeteries, Whenua Tapu, Porirua Cemetery and Pāuatahanui Burial Ground.

Burial records date from 1975 for Whenua Tapu, 13 September 1895 for Porirua Cemetery, and 1850 for Pāuatahanui Burial Ground.

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Services we provide

What happens when a loved one dies? We are here to help.

Whenua Tapu gives you the option of burial or cremation. Porirua and Pāuatahanui cemeteries are available for second internments and ashes internments, only into existing plots.

You can hire the Whenua Tapu Crematorium Chapel for a funeral service. There are also many local funeral directors available to assist you. We can also help you to arrange a cremation or burial without a funeral director.


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Fees and forms for a funeral

Arranging a funeral can be a daunting task, with the death of a loved one and the pressure of handling all the arrangements. You can see all the burial and cremation options here, which includes pricing and forms.

If you have any questions, please phone the Council contact centre on (04) 237 5089 or email [email protected] (we check emails during business hours).


Our team can also help with advice about funeral arrangements.

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Our cemeteries

Porirua City manages three public cemeteries: Whenua Tapu, Porirua Cemetery, and Pāuatahanui Burial Grounds. There are also a number of historic cemeteries in the district.

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History and heritage

Our cemeteries contain not just gravesites and memorials, but they provide somewhere where the stories of our community can be told. There are many notable graves within our cemeteries

Heritage Roses New Zealand Inc has recognised the Pāuatahanui Burial Ground’s roses as a nationally significant planting of historic roses.



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Managing our cemeteries

We manage three public cemeteries in Porirua and our management plan sets out the policies that help us achieve our vision.

Our Cemetery Management Plan sets out the policies that will help us achieve this vision.

The Cemetery Management Plan was adopted by Council on 17 October 2012.

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Allan Dodson at Porirua Cemetery

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Cemetery walk

Porirua Cemetery contains not just gravesites and memorials, but is somewhere where the stories of our military veterans can be told.

You will find the tales of a number of the veterans interred there, diligently crafted together by historian Allan Dodson.

Click here to visit the cemetery walk.


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