Ashes plots can be purchased directly from the Christchurch City Council or through your funeral director.
All interments in Christchurch City Council cemeteries are for perpetuity and cemetery maintenance and upkeep is provided by the Council. All ashes interments must be arranged through the Cemeteries Administrator to ensure details are recorded. This helps with future genealogical searches.
Burial plots can be purchased through a funeral director or by contacting the Cemeteries Administrator. The Cemeteries Administrator allocates plots.
A burial plot can hold up to two casket burials and six ashes interments. An ashes plot usually accommodates four people's ashes. Only one headstone is allowed per plot limiting the number of people usually interred in each plot.
When a burial right is purchased, the land remains in the Council ownership and they maintain it. All interments in Christchurch City Council cemeteries are in perpetuity.
The purchaser will receive a Certificate of Right of Burial, forwarded to the family or Funeral Director when the plot is paid for in full.
Wreaths, food items, and other floral tributes or ornaments not permanently fixed to the monument may be placed on the plot for a period of ten days following the interment. After ten days items must be removed or relocated to the concrete beam or area around the headstone.
Family members may remove from any grave items placed there, such as a wreath, plants or flowers. The Council may remove any neglected or broken items.
If there is a concrete kerb around the grave the inner area may contain tributes providing they do not cause hazards, safety or maintenance issues or are considered offensive to visitors or families of neighbouring graves.
No Ceremonial fires are permitted.
White crosses or temporary markers are permitted in most cemetery areas for one year. If the interment is in a lawn area of a cemetery the marker must be removed within one week to allow for maintenance.
A temporary marker must be removed once a permanent monument is erected.
If the Sexton considers that a temporary marker has fallen into a state of disrepair the Sexton may remove it.
The Council maintains plots and graves in lawn areas including mowing. Any plants (including trees and shrubs) planted on a grave following an interment will be removed after ten days and the area sown with grass seed. The grave will be maintained as lawn. The removal of any plants (including trees and shrubs) also applies to a Green Burial that has occurred in the lawn area of a cemetery.
No new plants are to be planted on graves. Existing plants (under 1000mm height at maturity) may remain providing family or friends maintain them. If any plants are not being maintained the council will remove them. When plants are removed the exposed surface will be covered with 20mm chip.
Any plant identified in the Christchurch City Council Operational Pest Plan, and found growing on a plot or grave, will be removed.
In a designated Council Eco-burial site all planting on graves will be undertaken and maintained by the Council.