Central Leader : March 9th 2011
4 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 9, 2011 NEWS Vo M M A o ! Free admission for Aucklanders with proof of address. Explore Auckland s beautiful harbour on one of Voyager s sailing vessels for only $10 adults and $5 children. Discover more at Voyager. Open 9.00am-5.00pm Corner Quay & Hobson Streets Viaduct Harbour Auckland Ph: +64 9 373 0800 www.maritimemuseum.co.nz 75 WORLD CLASS ACTS OVER 19 DAYS IN AUCKLAND For more details on ticketing and venues visit www.aucklandfestival.co.nz RW _TEE0061_SUB Council looks to more cemeteries No vacancy: The Auckland Council is starting to investigate options for new cemetery locations, with older cemeteries like the one in Hillsborough already full. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By SCOTT MORGAN As the old saying goes there are only two certainties in life -- death and taxes. With an ageing population, the Auckland Council may need to invest more rate- payers' money to guarantee there's enough resting places for everyone. It needs to find new pieces of land to develop as publicly- owned cemeteries fill up. Council sports, parks and rec- reation manager Ian Maxwell says Auckland's three main cemeteries have varying degrees of life left in them. North Shore Memorial Park could last up to 30 years once its southern grounds are developed, while Manukau Memorial Gardens has about 25 years' capacity left on its current site, with another 20 possible if it expands. Waikumete Cemetery in Kelston has 10 to 12 years of space left, though plans are also under way to increase the land available on the site. With central Auckland's two major cemeteries, Waikaraka and Hillsborough, virtually full and limited capacity in small communi- ties like Franklin and Rod- ney, Mr Maxwell says the council will need to purchase new sites at some point. It's important for us to look around where additional capacity could be found. We're looking at potential sites across the region, but it's not urgent. The demand for cemetery services will grow as baby boomers head into old age.'' He says there will likely be a need for a new cemetery in the north or west of the city and one in the south because there's no room left to develop large plots of land in central Auckland. New cemeteries will also reflect Auckland's changing population. As our population becomes much more diverse, so do the cemeteries. Sometimes there's no casket or headstones -- we need to man- age different demands,'' he says. Dil's Funeral Services managing director Stephen Dil says an increase in crem- ation rates means there's less need for full burial options than in the past. In the 1980s cremation came to the fore. It fits with the no frills mentality of Kiwis.'' He estimates up to 80 percent of people choose cremation but says this varies greatly throughout the city. In a place like south Auck- land the need for full burial is much higher than on the North Shore. Maori and Pacific people often have a preference for full burial.'' Mr Dil says it will be inter- esting to see how the new supercity structure affects the administration of ceme- teries. The change can only be positive. Previously some councils siphoned off profits and put them into other areas. This made it tight in terms of what came back to the cemetery for redevelop- ment.'' He says it's unlikely there'll be any capacity issues in the short to medium term, with private cemeteries like Purewa in Meadowbank con- tinuing to operate.
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