The first crematorium and chapel to be built locally in more than 70 years was officially unveiled by the Day family on Saturday, ending years of work that saw the project go before the environment court and be declined council consent prior to the build.
The Hope Garden of Remembrance Crematorium is situated next to the Gardens of the World complex, also owned by Francis and Paddy Day, and offers a variety of services including a chapel, garden with water feature and a memorial room for quiet reflection. It is the third crematorium in the region with one situated in Wakapuaka and one in Motueka.
With more than 80 years of funeral directing experience in the Nelson-Tasman region, Francis says the family will ensure the crematorium adheres to proper standards and codes enabling the deceased to be treated with dignity and respect. He says the crematorium was built taking into consideration the comments, suggestions and collective views from families and individuals, expressing what they wanted from a local crematorium facility and what is currently lacking in the market.
When council consent was finally granted, the project was taken to the environment court by some concerned local residents in 2011. The residents argued that the crematorium would have a negative affect on the community’s rural amenity, emit pollution and increase traffic, lowering land values. However, the gas-fired crematorium was able to go ahead after the court dismissed their appeals.
The crematorium facility was designed by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects and built by Gibbons Construction. Francis believes it was designed to the highest standards with complete consideration given to air discharge and pollution, with every available avenue pursued to keep a negative impact on the environment at an absolute minimum.
There will be an open day for the public to tour through the crematorium between 10am-3pm on on Sunday February 3.
The entrance to the Hope Garden of Remembrance Crematorium is at 95 Clover Rd, Hope. For more information people can call 0800 522 444.