New cremator needed to keep up with demand

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A new cremator is “urgently” needed to keep up with increased demand for private cremations at the council-owned Wakapuaka Cemetery.

A list of recommendations was made public on Friday after a review of the council’s crematorium services by the community services committee. The recommendations include the council retaining ownership of the crematorium, urgently renewing the existing cremator and phasing out pet cremations.

“The number of human cremations is increasing compared to burials in Nelson,” says a statement released by Nelson City Council today. “The committee believes the crematorium provides the community with a cost-effective alternative to burial. It also means that families can privately plan a funeral and committal for a loved one.”

The decision to “phase out” pet cremations was made because the service will be taken up by the private sector.

That does mean that fees for human cremation will increase to cover the costs of running the facility, says the council.

The committee has recommended that fees are raised over a three year period.

The public have the opportunity to provide feedback on these recommendations, before a decision is made by Council. Feedback can be received via the website nelson.govt.nz – search Crematorium Feedback, or through the customer service centre.