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New Mercury Bay Cemetery Taking Shape

08 November 2016

The second phase of developing the new cemetery site at Mercury Bay will start in November, which will involve constructing the main access road, a circular car park, an entranceway and berms for a section of up some burial plots.

The new cemetery site is on 5.08ha of farmland that our Council purchased on SH25 between Whitianga and Tairua, back in 2012.

"The new cemetery won't be up and running within the next 12 months, but we need to have it prepared as the exiting Ferry Landing cemetery will be reaching capacity for burial sites in the next few years," says Allan Tiplady our Area Manager for Mercury Bay.

Currently there is an average of around 9 burials a year within Mercury Bay.

The first stage of the new cemetery site was finished last year and involved constructing an intersection from the State Highway, to allow vehicles to turn safely into the new cemetery site, as well as landscaping along the road border.

"For Stage Two we'll start by building the new internal road through the cemetery, which will have space for buses and regular cars," says Mr Tiplady. "We’ll then work on road access to the first site where there will be space for some burial plots and the circular car park, which will have space for up to 19 vehicles" says Mr Tiplady. "After that we'll turn to the main entrance gateway to the cemetery."

The budget for Stage Two is $487k and will be completed by April 2017.

Meanwhile discussions are underway with local iwi Ngati Hei about naming the new cemetery site, in consultation with the Mercury Bay Community Board and other stakeholders.

Pre-sales of burial spots at the new cemetery site are not being taken right now.

To find out more about the new Mercury Bay Cemetery go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/mbcemetery

New Mercury Bay Cemetery Taking Shape
(Photo: The Passchendaele Memorial Forest Site at the new Mercury Bay Cemetery)

New Cemetery site part of our WW1 Memorial Forest

The new cemetery site is also part of our WW1 Memorial Forest project which marks New Zealand soldiers who died during the Great War, with the planting of a native tree.

So far we have eight WWI Memorial Forest sites, which either pay tribute to the NZ soldiers who fell in a particular battle, or came from a particular Coromandel Peninsula town, who were killed in WW1. An area of the new cemetery site commemorates the Battle of Passchendaele, where eventually more than 2000 trees will be planted on site. On ANZAC Day 2015 a sign was also unveiled at the new cemetery site, to honour the 35 men from Mercury Bay who gave their lives in the war.

You can make a long-lasting contribution to the Memorial Forest by donating the cost of a tree: $25.

And, you can dedicate the tree to one of the New Zealanders who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war. You can look up that person's service details online at www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph  

To preserve accuracy, the soldier must have died in the specific battle/forest in which your tree is planted. You will receive a memorial certificate with that soldier's name and the GPS co-ordinates of the tree.

Alternatively you can gift a tree on behalf of your family to a fallen soldier. You will receive a memorial certificate without a specific GPS location.

For more information on the WW1 Memorial Forest see our web page www.tcdc.govt.nz/ww1memorialforest