There are a number of options and specifications for plaques and headstones, and you’ll need to follow these when decorating a plot. You’ll also need to apply for a permit to erect a headstone or plaque.
Erecting plaques and headstones
There are several styles of headstones and plaques available depending on location of the plot. Download sample plans and photographs for information on acceptable styles and sizes (PDF 3 Mb).
You can only use granite in this cemetery although some exceptions to this may be made in Block 16, a monumental area.
Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance
You can only use granite on this site.
You can only use Bronze plaques and/or headstones in these areas. For further information please contact Veterans Affairs through its website.
You can only use Brass plaques on this site.
Find a local stonemason in the Yellow Pages.
Make an application to erect a headstone
To erect a plaque or headstone you need to complete an application to erect a headstone permit (PDF 115 kb). Final wording and design needs to be approved by Hutt City Council.
Contact Council for more information about plaques and headstones and for the application to erect a headstone permit. A stonemason can also provide you with the permit application.
Or you can download the Application to Erect a Headstone Permit (PDF 115 kb)
The cemetery office is no longer open for public enquiries. All public enquiries should go to Hutt City Council.
T: 04 570 6666
Decorating a plot
Following an interment, flowers and other tributes will be taken away after two weeks.
What can I put on a plot?
- Flowers in an approved granite vase block or another type of vase or pot on the headbeam
- Vases must be no higher than 400mm and mustn’t encroach on the lawn or any other plot
What can’t I put on a plot?
- Any fragile, light, dangerous or inappropriate items
- Items that aren’t suitable for the outdoors
Items that encroach on the lawns or other plots, and unsuitable or expired items will be removed by cemetery staff..
Block 16 is the monumental section of Taita Lawn Cemetery and has been set aside for full decorated plots. Some of the decorations you see in this section aren’t allowed anywhere else in the cemetery.
Block 16 decorations must be kept safe, neat and tidy. These plots are inspected annually and family will be advised if plots need tidying. Any plots that are continuously untidy will be returned to grass by Council.
We are not responsible for any items that are placed on plots, lost or damaged.