Waikumete Cemetery Natural Burial Reserve

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 valued for their typical flora and fauna and the new burial reserve provides an opportunity to restore part of this by weed management and replanting of indigenous species. Nick developed the layout from an initial idea to provided 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. The project won the Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective award for innovation. 

Left: The committal shelter is constructed from sustainable untreated timbers and provides a simple space for rest and contenplation. A rain chain leads to a boulder cascade.

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