New cemetery opening in Taranaki

Taranaki’s newest cemetery has been brought to life and will open its doors next week.

Mangapouri Cemetery is set to be New Plymouth’s cemetery for the next 50 years and it’s opening for the first time on Monday.

Tree-planting and lawns on the first stage of the new cemetery have been completed and burial and ashes areas have been laid out, NPDC infrastructure manager David Langford says.

“Mangapouri has an awesome view of our maunga on a fine day. NPDC parks staff have done a great job on the grounds and this setting will get even more beautiful as the trees and plants mature,” he says.

“We’ve made sure there’s room to grow because we expect Mangapouri will serve the entire district for the next 50 years going on current burial and cremation rates.”

The cemetery will be developed in four stages over more than 20 hectares by Lake Mangamahoe Forest and alongside State Highway 3.

Work began on the site in 2012 with the removal of 11 hectares of pine trees and the first stage has been completed on time and on budget.

NPDC administers 17 cemeteries and 15 of them are operational, and NPDC’s parks staff care for the grounds and gardens.

A team of dedicated volunteers also helps care for Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth’s first public cemetery, which has a five-star rating with TripAdvisor and is listed as an attraction in the annual Taranaki Garden Festival.

Cemeteries and crematorium fact file
* There are about 400 ash and casket burial services each year.
* 15 of the total 17 cemeteries are operational.
* There are 360 cremations annually.
* Te Henui opened in 1861 and is the original New Plymouth public cemetery.
* Mangapouri Cemetery will serve as the district cemetery for the next 50 years.