Burials and interments

If you need to arrange a burial, please contact Council by calling 0800 920 029

We encourage use of a funeral director to arrange burials. The funeral director will include all council fees as part of the service. To arrange a burial yourself, please apply to Council for a burial warrant with the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the attending Doctor. All costs must be paid prior to the burial taking place.

For costs associated with burials, please refer to our fees and charges. 

Burial hours

  • Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
  • Saturday 8am-1pm

 There are no burials on Sunday, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday (Easter).


All graves are dug by the Council. Contact us on 0800 920 029 if you want to be present when the grave is being dug or if you want to backfill the grave.

Burials in the Services Cemeteries 

We manage a number of Services Cemeteries on behalf of Veterans' Affairs New Zealand. Service personal are eligible to a grave/ash berm if they meet criteria set by Veterans' Affairs. A spouse may also be buried with the service person.

Contact Veterans Affairs for more information .

Ash interments

Ash interments are arranged by applying to Council for a burial warrant and interment.  Ashes can be interred in an ash berm or a burial plot. 


A Disinterment Licence must be obtained. Please contact Northland District Health Board (09 430 4100).


Last updated 24 April 2021