Story: Death and dying

Whakatāne crematorium, 2009

Whakatāne crematorium, 2009

The Whakatāne crematorium was opened in October 2009 in the grounds of Hillcrest Cemetery, between Whakatāne and Ōhope. Its innovative waka design creates an environment around the main buildings where people can gather both before and after the funeral. The crematorium is operated by the Whakatāne District Council and arrangements to use the facility have to be made through a funeral director. In 2019, the cost of using the crematorium and the chapel for a full service for an adult on a weekday was $695.

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Ruth McManus and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Death and dying - Cremation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Ruth McManus and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 16 May 2018, updated 1 Nov 2023