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Cemetery memorials

A memorial placement can be authorised by the owner of the Exclusive Right of Interment or, if the owner is deceased, the immediate next of kin.

Sisters of Compassion memorial stone.

Memorial plaques and headstones must meet each cemetery's design specifications. This is to preserve a consistent visual standard throughout the cemeteries.


The Council's cemeteries offer bronze plaques. These are produced by a specialist and can be ordered at the Karori Cemetery office.

Memorial plaques take about 5 weeks to complete.

Karori Cemetery

Removal and installation

Cemetery staff can be hired to remove or install plaques. If you prefer to have a commercial mason remove or install a memorial, you need a cemetery work permit. Stone masons will usually do this on your behalf. Permits require 24 hours notice.

Complete the relevant section of this form:

Additional inscriptions

If you wish to add an inscription on an existing plaque, cemetery staff can arrange this. The work is carried out by the cemeteries' professional plaque contractor.

Book of Remembrance

Family and friends can honour the deceased on the anniversary of their death by making a calendar entry in the cemetery's Book of Remembrance. The book is on display at Karori Cemetery's Main Chapel at all times and pages are turned daily to present memorial messages. A copy is also held at the Karori Cemetery office for perusal during office hours. 

To arrange an entry, complete the relevant section of this form: