Daily Archives: October 19, 2015

Manukau Cemetery the Nearest Cemetery to Ormiston

The nearest cemetery to Ormiston is the Manukau Cemetery which is located on the Corner Roscommon Rd (SH20B) and Puhinui Road (SH20), 361 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe.



The chapel

The non-denominational chapel is surrounded by beautiful gardens, creating a sense of peace and serenity at the heart of the cemetery. The chapel provides the perfect place to celebrate and farewell the life of a loved one.


The chapel is well placed alongside the administration office and within short walking distance of the Bob White Function lounge.


The chapel provides seating for 250 people, with space available for an additional 200 people if required.  A chapel attendant is present throughout the service to liaise with the Funeral Director and family to ensure the service is conducted to your requirements.

The chapel has technology that can provide for family presentations. Please contact Manukau Memorial Gardens administration office for a copy of the Information Management Chapel guidelines.

Magnolia Room

The Magnolia Room is a private area that allows families to have the last intimate farewell with their loved one before cremation. This room can accommodate up to 20 people with limited seating.


The Magnolia Room can also be used as an alternative ‘chapel’ for those wishing to say a final farewell in a more intimate setting or to conduct a viewing of the deceased prior to using the main chapel.


The Magnolia Room features viewing windows allowing families to see the final committal, should they so wish. These viewing windows will remain screened off unless otherwise requested.

Bob White Function Lounge

The function lounge provides a place for families to meet over refreshments after the funeral service. There is an on-site caterer who is contracted to Manukau Memorial Gardens. Families cannot supply their own caterer. The lounge is certified for 150 people with overflow available onto a shaded patio area.


All cremations are conducted on the day of arrival at Manukau Memorial Gardens and the ashes are ready for collection the following business day by 10am.

Cremation memorialisation

Manukau Memorial Gardens can help you memorialise your loved ones after cremation.

We offer:

  • formal ash interment areas
  • books of remembrance
  • memorial walls.

Returned Services Area

Manukau Memorial Gardens has available a service lawn area for burials and ash interments. Manukau Memorial Gardens is proud to be the home of a unique Returned Services memorial and this is the only one of its kind in Auckland with magnificent granite walls etched with the stories of veterans who saw active duty. 

There is an annual ANZAC dawn parade held every year at the memorial on 25 April and a Vietnam Day service is also held annually at the memorial on 18 August.

Click here to view the full list of prices for cemetery services:


Cemetery opening hours

1 November-31 March 7.30am-8pm

1 April-31 October 7.30am-6pm

Cemetery and crematorium
Gates are open 24 hours on 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January.

Office opening hours
Monday to Saturday 9am–4pm

Phone: 09 279 8232 (After hours calls are diverted to our call centre)
Fax: 09 250 0070
Email: southern.cemeteries@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz 


Making Home Ownership in Auckland More Affordable

Auckland Council is committed to working towards making home ownership in Auckland more affordable.


They have set a goal to bring down the ratio of median home purchase price-to-median household income to five-to-one by 2030. The ratio is currently almost 10-to-one. 

The new goal was a key recommendation made in the report Housing Supply, Choice and Affordability. The report was presented to the council’s Auckland Development Committee on 15 October 2015.


The committee agreed, in principle, to include the target in the forthcoming refresh of the Auckland Plan. It noted that the council needs to continue to work in partnership with the government if this housing affordability target were to be met.


The committee also agreed to commission further analysis and advice on the issue of housing affordability in consultation with government agencies, to be completed in February 2016.

Chris Parker, Auckland Council chief economist and author of the report, welcomed the decision and the council’s ongoing commitment to tackling this issue.


“Including the target to reduce the price to income ratio down to five-to-one in the Auckland Plan is a really positive step towards making housing more affordable,” Mr Parker says. 

“It will help shape and focus our thinking moving forward. It will provide us with a tangible, achievable goal to frame up the decisions the council needs to make to create the world’s most liveable city including affordable housing.”


Auckland Development Committee chair, Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, says that the decision was very easy for the committee to make.


“Every councillor knows there are real challenges ahead of us in tackling Auckland’s very serious housing issue. The target is something real to keep us focused and, by setting a goal, we can continue to make every effort and use every lever to make homes more affordable.”


You can read full the report here.