New cemetery name inspired by stream

16:00, Nov 30 2012

New Plymouth's new cemetery now has an official name - Mangapouri Cemetery - and is due to open in June 2016.

The New Plymouth District Council's monitoring committee unanimously agreed to adopt the name on the recommendation of Ngati Tawhirikura hapu, after the previously unnamed stream running through the site was given the name Mangapouri.

The choice of name for the 17.9 hectare site, near Egmont Village, had been open for public consultation late last year but no submissions were received.

Included in the committee's report was provision for a committal shelter to be built in 2017-18 at a cost of between $300,000 and $500,000.

The report said the shelter, intended for mourners at funerals and visitors to the cemetery, would blend into the landscape and "give the cemetery a unique identity".

The total cost of the project to the district council is $2.3 million.

Earthworks are due to start at the Plantation Rd site in January after a blessing by kaumatua.

The work is to be completed a year before the Awanui Cemetery reaches capacity, which is expected to happen in May 2017.

Zac Yates is a Witt journalism student.

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