Cost of dying goes up

Fee charges for cemeteries will go up from August 1 this year, the Queenstown Lakes District Council has announced. The charges will include changes to make headstones and monuments more robust, promote good health and safety practices for sextons and contractors, and reduce the number of non-compliant headstones.

The fees will include a simpler structure and price list, including a simpler structure and price list, and maintenance fees will be included with internment fees. QLDC general manager community services Thunes Cloete said the changes strike a fair balance between reflecting national benchmarks and delivering specific requirements for the district’s communities. 

“While I acknowledge there have been some increases in fees, this allows us to future-proof a key community service and improve cemetery processes,” Cloete said. “In contrast, some services remain as they were. Most notably, we felt it was important that fees for baby and children’s burials and ash internments remain unchanged, and continue to be well below nationally benchmarked levels.”


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