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Burials & cremations

All new burials are at Whenua Tapu Cemetery. Porirua and Pāuatahanui cemeteries are available for second interments and prepurchased family plots.

Contact and advice

If you have general enquiries about our cemeteries, or want to organise a visit to choose a plot, please phone the Council contact centre on (04) 237 5089 or email during business hours. Our team can also help with advice regarding funeral arrangements.

For advice these pages provide some useful information:

For burial and cremation bookings, phone us on 04 2375089. A funeral director will generally make these arrangements for you.

Hiring our chapel

You can hire the Whenua Tapu Crematorium chapel for a pre-committal or burial service and refreshments.  There is a hire fee for the chapel.

To make a booking, either your funeral director can arrange it, or you can phone us on 04 2375089 .  Tell us what type of service you want and the start/end times, making sure you allow enough time for setting up and clearing away.

Burial and cremation forms and fees

To prevent the risk of explosions and the release of carcinogens or fumes during cremations, a number of things are not allowed to be placed within caskets. The list below covers items that cannot be placed in the caskets. Should you wish to place these types of items in for the service, they must be removed before the casket is received by the crematorium.

  • Alcohol
  • Animals
  • Ammunition, explosive material or guns
  • Aerosol or flammable containers
  • Batteries
  • Books or excessive paper
  • Crash helmets and hardhats
  • Crockery
  • Die cast metals, aluminum and copper (large items only)
  • Electronic devices
  • Footwear made from PVC/rubber
  • Flags
  • Florist oasis
  • Garden tools (spades, forks etc.)
  • Glass (bottles, vases, picture frames, etc.)
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lighters
  • Laptop computers
  • Illegal substances
  • Jewellery (except wedding rings)
  • Mattresses
  • Mobile phones
  • Money
  • Motorcycle leathers, helmets
  • Pacemakers
  • Any pressurised containers
  • Prosthetic limbs
  • PVC (in all forms)
  • Soft toys over 300mm long
  • Wet suits and surfboards
  • Products containing polystyrene foams
  • Products that are volatile
  • Wire

When you are preparing a loved one for cremation, please make sure none of the above items are included or inform your Funeral Director so that they can be easily removed by them or the family before cremation.

Fees apply from 1 July 2021 and include GST.

Description Fee
Adult burials –
plots and interment, including grave mats and lowering devices
Muslim Burial plot,
cradle and interment
Extra Depth Burial
(300mms extra)
Over sized caskets
– extra width fee (721mm or greater)
Interment fee /
Grave re-open (includes servicepersons)
Service persons –
Note all qualifying service persons are only charged for the interment fee
Out of District,
full size adult plots fee – surcharge in addition to plot fee
Disinterment fee
(excludes grave re-open fee)
Description Fee
Stillborn and Baby
(under 2 year) – plot and interment
Children 2 – 10
years – plot and interment
Children (up to 10
years) 2nd interment (Adult section only)
Out of District
Children’s Plot Fee – surcharge in addition to plot fee
Description Fees
Ashes, Monumental
and Garden plots
Ashes Lawn plot $575.00
Ashes interment fee
– all plots
Out of District
ashes plot – surcharge in addition to plot fee
Scattering of ashes
in native bush at Whenua Tapu
Ashes Disinterment $200.00
Description Fee
Adult cremations
(11 years and over). Medical fee included
Children 2 – 10
years (rimu urn included)
Stillborn and
children under 2 years (rimu urn included)
Cremation with Rimu
urn included
Cremation with Rimu
urn and ½ hr service package.
Same day express ashes $120.00
Cremation Viewing $70.00
Rimu Urn $100.00
Description Fees
Adult and child
burials – funerals requiring staff onsite after 4pm (one payment).
Adult and child
burials – surcharge for Saturday burials, in addition to all other burial
fees (one payment).
After hours
Cremations/Services (weekdays after 4pm and Saturdays from 8am – 1pm
Description Fee
Chapel hire per half hour $90.00
Kitchenette fee $50.00
Description Fee
Memorial Permit $80.00
Bronze Memorial
wall plaque (150mm x 100mm)
Extra inscription