John and Pip Gray

John and Pip Gray

The gardens at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium are looking blooming beautiful thanks to the specialist skills of contract gardening duo John and Pip Gray. John is a qualified landscape designer and stonemason with more than 35 years’ experience and his wife Pip is a...
From Rags to Riches

From Rags to Riches

A fascinating ‘rags to riches’ story is the life of Henry Edward Partridge, who joined the Navy in England aged 13 with minimal education to become the wealthy owner of a large collection of Gottfried Lindauer paintings of Maori. Partridge, who is buried at Purewa...
Ship Sinking

Ship Sinking

Three members of the Bloomfield family are buried next to each other in Purewa Cemetery after the tragic sinking of the ‘Empress of Ireland’ in Canada in 1914. Robert William Read Bloomfield aged 52, his wife Isabella Louise aged 46 and their daughter Hilda Isabella...
Many City Pioneers Rest at Purewa

Many City Pioneers Rest at Purewa

Purewa Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 55,000 men, women and children. Among them are some of the early pioneers of Auckland and the nation.   One of the many remarkable trailblazers is Arthur Guyon Purchas – doctor, surgeon, Anglican priest,...
Working with Families Proves Rewarding

Working with Families Proves Rewarding

For grieving families arranging the technical side of a funeral service, Adrienne Ramskill and Dave Wood are the friendly and reassuring face of Purewa.   Adrienne and Dave are the Chapel Attendants who work closely with families, funeral directors, ministers and...
Purewa Helping to Shape Industry Future

Purewa Helping to Shape Industry Future

Purewa’s General Manager Alastair Crombie has been elected to the national committee of the New Zealand Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective (NZCCC).   The collective recently held its two-yearly conference in Rotorua where representatives from the funeral...
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