Draft Cemeteries Bylaw

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Issued : Friday 20 December 2019
​Submissions close: Closed

What is being pr​oposed?​

​Council has reviewed the existing Cemeteries and Cremetoria​​ (NZS 9201:Part 14:1999) Model General Bylaw.

A Draft Cemeteries Bylaw (to replace the previous Bylaw, The Cemetery Monument Standards and the Pre-Purchase of Cemetery Plots) has been developed to provide conditions and enforceability for Council in its administration and oversight of the ​district’s Cemeteries.

Noted changes to consider:

  • ​Inclusion of the Cemetery Monument Standards in the Cemetery Bylaw (note these have been previously consulted on and no changes to these are proposed).
  •  Inclusion of the still relevant Pre-Purchase of Cemetery Plots in the Cemeteries Bylaw.
  •  Removal of the requirement to be a qualified Monumental Mason from the Cemeteries Bylaw.
  • Addition of a refundable deposit to be paid to Council before any work is undertaken on the erection and/or maintenance of headstones, monuments and other structures.
  • Addition of requirements for rectifying work that does not meet the appropriate standards for work to be undertaken in the district’s cemeteries.
  • The Cemetery Monument Dimensional Standard is an Appendix to the Bylaw; however, the dimensional requirements have not been altered from previous consultations.
  • The addition of committing to providing Cultural Burials on a case by case basis.

The Draft Bylaw, along with the previous Bylaw and two policies being replaced, are available separately for people to read and can be downloaded below.

Why is this being proposed?

​On review of the current Bylaw and associated policies, it was determined that Council needed to provide a more fit for purpose Bylaw that could also enforce the standards of headstones and monuments in the district’s cemeteries. Council also made the decision that a more locally tailored approach to the Cemetery Bylaw was required to account for our requirements in the Grey District.

​​What are the options?​

There are two practicable options available, namely:

OPTION ONE: Council accepts and adopts the Draft Grey District Council Cemeteries Bylaw for targeted and public consultation

This is Council’s preferred option and it considers this option to be the most practical in terms of enforcing the Bylaw requirements and having a fit for purpose approach.​

  • The new Bylaw replaces one Model General Bylaw and two separate Policies, therefore more easily understandable and enforceable.
  • The Cemetery Monument Standards included within the Cemeteries Bylaw meaning this is more easily enforceable by Council.​​​
  • ​Potential increase in costs for Infrastructure Services to administer the changes.​

OPTION TWO: Council does not accept the Draft Grey District Council Cemeteries Bylaw for targeted and public consultation and accepts the status quo.

This means continuing with the Cemeteries and Cremetoria (NZS 9201:Part 14:1999) Model General Bylaw, Grey District Council Monument Standards and the Cemeteries – Pre-purchasing of plots Policy.​

  • No increase in costs for Infrastructure Services to administer the changes.​​​​​
  • The Grey District Council Cemetery Monument Standards remain unenforceable.
  • Where one Bylaw could exist, we have a confusing mix of a Model General Bylaw, a Standard and a Policy. ​​​

​​How to have your say

Residents are strongly encouraged to have a say. Please take the time to read the existing documents and the Draft Cemeteries Bylaw and have your say today. All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format:

  • Council submission form – online or paper
  • Email to submissions@greydc.govt.nz
  • ​​Written submissions posted to Grey District Council, PO Box 382, Greymouth or hand delivered to 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth

You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at a meeting after the close-off date (most likely the ordinary March 2020 Council meeting).

Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.

Submissions have now closed.​


Summary of Proposal​ -  hard copy of above information (PDF, 149KB)
Draft Cemeteries Bylaw​ (PDF, 393KB)
Cemetery Monument Standards (PDF, 201KB)
NZS_9201_pt14-1999_Cemeteries and Crematoria​ (PDF,416KB)
Pre Purchase of Cemetery Plots​ (PDF, 202KB)
Submission Form​ (PDF, 151KB)​​​​

Online Submission Form: Draft Cemeteries Bylaw

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