Cemeteries function as burial places, places of contemplation and places to record history. Marlborough District Council recognises that cemeteries are places for families and friends to establish connections with predecessors and research ancestral links.
Council acknowledges that cemeteries have a secondary function of providing areas of passive urban and rural parkland, allowing opportunities for landscaping in keeping with the natural elements of cemeteries to provide attractive community assets.
Marlborough District Council thus strives to provide quality facilities for the interment of the deceased in accordance with the Burial and Cremation Act 1964, by:
- Developing cemeteries as places of remembrance and historical importance in the district
- Meeting social and cultural requirements for the provision of cemeteries in the community
- Maintaining cemeteries as reserves when they have reached capacity
For information regarding cemeteries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our cemeteries handbook provides you with information and guidelines to assist with the smooth running and operation of services in Council-administered cemeteries.
Cemeteries in Marlborough
Council administers the following cemeteries:
- Fairhall Cemetery
- Havelock Cemetery
- Omaka Cemetery
- Picton Cemetery
- Tuamarina Cemetery
- Rai Valley
Fees for interment fees and burial plots.
Cemetery request forms.
Search Marlborough District Council cemetery records.
Fairhall Cemetery is Marlborough's principal cemetery, located 10 to 15 minutes' drive from the centre of Blenheim, along New Renwick Road.
Havelock Cemetery is an historic cemetery with a commanding view of the developing Havelock port and the tidal estuary protected by the hills beyond.
Omaka Cemetery is of historic importance.
Picton Cemetery dates back to the early European settlement of the Marlborough Sounds.
The Council has adopted a policy through the Cemeteries Bylaw 2017, which means people are able to purchase an exclusive right of burial.
The concrete beam adjacent to any burial or cremation plot, or the allocated garden space for a cremation, is available for the instalment of a memorial.
There are many smaller cemeteries in rural areas which are administered by local community groups.
Tuamarina Cemetery is Marlborough's most historic cemetery.