Waikumete Cemetery Natural Burial Area

Waikumete Cemetery Natural Burial Area

Auckland's largest cemetery now includes an area of natural burials which combines an ecological approach to burial with the restoration of a rare habitat type. The gum-land scrub areas of the cemetery are greatly valued for their typical flora and fauna and the new burial area provides an opportunity to restore part of this with weed management and replanting of indigenous species. Nick developed that layout from an initial idea to provide for the new burials and the re-planting, hard landscape and buildings that will serve the area. The theme of sustainability and habitat was well developed using sustainable construction, drainage and planting principles. 

Left: The overall layout of the burials was based on a koru like curved form that provides a contrast to the rectangular grids typical of most cemetery burials

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