Western Leader : March 10th 2011
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Starts 5pm, March 13, St Andrew's Church Hall, 10 Clayburn Rd, Glen Eden. Phone Debbie 818-4449. School workshops A day of free workshops, talks and demonstrations will be held on March 12 at the Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School from 10am to 5pm. Email anthroposophical firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Vee 627-2044 for further information. More cemetery sites planned No vacancy: The Auckland Council is starting to investigate options for new cemetery locations, with older cemeteries like the one in Hillsborough already full. Photo: JASON OXENHAM ' The demand for cemetery services will grow as baby boomers head into old age. ' Ian Maxwell Auckland Council manager By SCOTT MORGAN As the old saying goes there are only two cer- tainties in life -- death and taxes. With an ageing popu- lation, the Auckland Council may need to use the profits from one to accommodate space for the other. It needs to find new pieces of land to develop as publicly-owned ceme- teries fill up. Council sports, parks and recreation manager Ian Maxwell says Auck- land's three main ceme- teries have varying degrees of life left in them. North Shore Mem- orial Park could last up to 30 years once its southern grounds are developed, while Manukau Mem- orial Gardens has about 25 years' capacity left on its current site, with another 20 possible if it expands. Waikumete Cemetery in Kelston has 10 to 12 years of space left, though plans are also under way to increase the land available on the site. With central Auck- land's two major ceme- teries, Waikaraka and Hillsborough, virtually full and limited capacity in small communities like Franklin and Rod- ney, Mr Maxwell says the council will need to purchase new sites at some point. It's important for us to look around where additional capacity could be found. We're looking at potential sites across the region, but it's not urgent. The demand for cemetery services will grow as baby boomers head into old age.'' He says there will likely be a need for a new cem- etery in the north or west of the city and one in the south because there's no room left to develop large plots of land in central Auck- land. New cemeteries will also reflect Auckland's changing population. As our population becomes much more diverse, so do the ceme- teries. Sometimes there's no casket or headstones -- we need to manage dif- ferent demands,'' he says. Dil's Funeral Services managing director Stephen Dil says an increase in cremation rates means there's less need for full burial options than in the past. In the 1980s, crem- ation came to the fore. It fits with the no frills mentality of Kiwis.'' He estimates up to 80 percent of people choose cremation, but says this varies greatly through- out the city. In a place like south Auckland the need for full burial is much higher than on the North Shore. Maori and Pacific people often have a preference for full burial.'' Mr Dil says it will be interesting to see how the new supercity struc- ture affects the adminis- tration of cemeteries. The change can only be positive. Previously some councils siphoned off profits and put them into other areas. This made it tight in terms of what came back to the cemetery for redevelop- ment.'' He says it's unlikely there'll be any capacity issues in the short to medium term.
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