More room for loved ones in Paeroa Cemetery
It’s been a bit noisier than usual at the Pukerimu Cemetery in Paeroa over the last few weeks.
Following a karakia performed by Rawiri Kauae Te Toki, to whakanoa the land in preparation for a new cemetery area, diggers, trucks and rollers have been hard at work.
Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams says the popular historic Pukerimu cemetery connects generations of families in the area and the new section will make room for generations to come.
“We know how important it is to keep loved ones close and with the recent growth in our district, we need to future proof the cemetery to cater for everyone," says Toby.
Established before 1855, the 6.57 hectares of land on the outskirts of Paeroa has long been a final resting place for locals and a haven of peace for the community.
Digger, preparing land for new cemetery area. Photo: Hauraki District Council
Steve Wilkinson was born and bred in Paeroa but now lives in Hamilton. He’s a frequent visitor to Pukerimu which he says will always hold a special place in his heart.
“As a large family, our whanau are scattered all over NZ, but Pukerimu brings us back to our roots in Paeroa. It’s always been a place of solace, of remembrance and of love. I will always appreciate the council work that goes into maintaining this treasured place,” says Steve.
The new section sits at the base of the current cemetery, on land long earmarked for this purpose. By Christmas 2019, it’s expected new concrete berms for the placement of casket and ashes plots will be in place, along with drainage and improved internal road access.
Stage two of the project, which is scheduled for next year, will include planting, landscaping and a new ashes interment garden.
“This new section will not only enhance our visitors' experience to Pukerimu as an attractive place to visit, it will keep it viable for years to come,” says the Mayor.