FAQ

What is a notable grave?

A ‘notable grave’ is the resting place of someone who made a significant contribution to the development of early and later Auckland in the fields of sport, politics, education, medicine, nursing, law, religion, literature and the arts, business and civic affairs, etc.

Can anyone be buried here?

Yes, anyone can be buried or cremated at Purewa.

I’m not Christian, can I be buried here?

Yes, there are no exclusions based on religion

How do I find a loved one?

You can locate a loved one on the Purewa database but you may need to visit the office for specific directions.

Do you have a natural burial area?

Purewa does not currently have a natural burial area but this may be considered in the future.

Can I bring my own food?

No, Purewa officers professional catering provided by Gattings Catering, which provides a very wide range of food options including special dietary requirements.

Can I have my own headstone made?

Yes, Purewa can recommend local monumental masons.

Can I have the service elsewhere and still be buried at Purewa?

Yes, provided you own a plot or have access to one at Purewa.

Can Purewa pick up the body?

No, please see your Funeral Director for this service.

Do you have to live in the Purewa area to be buried or cremated there?

No, if you wish to use Purewa’s services they are available no matter where you live.

Who owns and operates Purewa?

The Purewa Cemetery Trust Board operates Purewa and is linked to the Anglican Diocese of Auckland.

What happens to plots that aren’t used?

Unused plots revert to Purewa ownership after 60 years according to current Government legislation.

What does Purewa mean? How long has Purewa been a cemetery and crematorium?

Purewa means an elevated place or high point of land. Before Purewa was established in 1889, local Maori tribes erected watch towers on the elevated land to protect their crops, houses and people from invading tribes, on what is now Purewa Cemetery.

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