Members of the Ahuroa community are attempting to clarify the status of the Komokoriki (Ahuroa) Cemetery.
Auckland Council says the cemetery was closed in 2008, but it is understood there have been at least two burials since then.
Council operations manager cemetery services Sheree Stout says a cemetery is deemed closed when there are no existing plots left to sell. However, Council still honours any pre-purchased plots.
“If the community would like a cemetery re-opened, they can make a request via their Local Board or directly with Council,” Mr Stout says.
“Criteria such as demand for burials in the area, whether there is another open cemetery nearby, whether there is a maintenance budget available, and if there are any contractors that would take on the provision of body burials at the site, would all be taken into consideration when making the decision on whether to reopen the cemetery.”
Mr Stout says Council does not have any information about the specific circumstances around the closure of Ahuroa/Komokoriki cemetery.
In the meantime, three people have volunteered to be trustees for the cemetery in the hope that it can be re-opened and have prepared a draft plan for its beautification.