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Cemeteries Information
Ngā Mōhiohio Urupā Tūmatanui

Two cemeteries are managed by Council within the district; one in the Ōtorohanga urban area and one in Kāwhia. Access information on cemetary and headstone maintenance, headstone and plaque dimensions, memorial and floral tributes, returned service areas and who to contact for more information.


We manage two cemeteries within the district; one in the Ōtorohanga urban area and one in Kāwhia.

  • Ōtorohanga Cemetery is located at 2 Karaka Road, Ōtorohanga
  • Kāwhia Cemetery is located at Lake Road, Kāwhia

Arranging a Funeral

Generally, a funeral director should be contacted to arrange a burial or cremation.

View Council's fees and charges for cemeteries

Cemetery and Headstone Maintenance

Maintenance and Sexton duties are provided by the Community Facilities contractor and responsibilities include keeping the cemeteries in a tidy and presentable manner, as well as managing burials.

Cemetery maintenance, including lawn mowing, is provided on all plots in cemeteries; however, headstones and tombstone tops are the responsibility of families.

Headstone and Plaque Dimensions

Burial Berm base 900mm x 350mm
New Children’s Section base 900mm x 330mm
Ash Berm base   570mm x 300mm
Ash Wall plaque 305mm x 115mm
Burial Berm base 900mm x 350mm
Ash Wall Plaque 358mm x 165mm
Services Cemeteries
Please refer to the RSA Memorial Handbook.  

Memorial and Floral Tributes

A funeral director can advise you on the headstone and monument options available.

Floral tributes and adornments are permitted on the memorial headstone bases only in the lawn areas of the Ōtorohanga and Kāwhia cemeteries.

Adornments and tomb tops are permitted in the old tomb top areas of the District's cemeteries. 

Returned Services Areas

Services areas are available to those who have returned from active service.

These areas are administered on behalf of the Veterans Affairs Department.

For information on rules and eligibility, please contact the Council or your local Returned Servicemen's Association (RSA).

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