Find a burial or cremation record

Find out how to search Hutt City cemetery and crematorium records.


Databases

We have two cemetery databases you can search for free: Cemetery Register and Cemeteries Search. You might need to search both to find what you're looking for.

The original records used to produce the online database are held in the Council Archives. If the records you'd like to see have not been digitised, you can make an appointment to visit the Archives. Digitisation can be requested, but it will depend on the format and condition of the original item.

The Library Heritage Centre has a Cemetery Manager who can help you with further research on other cemeteries.

  • Cemetery register: information on private and church burial grounds and Taitā Cemetery's old section. This data is not yet complete.
  • Cemeteries search: information on Taitā Cemetery's new section and  Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance.

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We hold burial registers from 1892 to 2003. You can look at digital copies of these in our cemetery register.

The details recorded may vary over time and some fields may be incomplete.

A burial register entry may contain:

  • name, address, age, and occupation of the deceased
  • dates of birth, death and of the service
  • location of the grave
  • religious group and minister performing the service.

We hold plot grants or plot lease forms from 1903 to the current day. The plot lease forms contain personal information so are not freely available online. A plot grant contains the:

  • grant number
  • amount of money paid
  • name of the person paying for the plot
  • location of the grave
  • date of payment.

The person paying for the plot is often the next of kin. This might be useful when researching family history.

The grant payment confirms the legal right to use the plot. But, the date of payment may not be close to the date of burial if the plot may was purchased in advance or payments were made after the service.

The Application to Book an Interment forms were first used in 1965. Interment forms contain personal information so they're not available online. An interment form may contain the:

  • name, address, date of birth and death of the deceased
  • occupation and religion of the deceased
  • name and address of the next of kin
  • date of service and specific requirements
  • location of the grave and any previous burials.

The forms have changed over time so some information may be missing.

The Application to Erect a Headstone forms were used in 2001. These forms are often dated much later than the burial service, and may contain details of other burials or memorials within the same plot. A headstone form may contain the:

  • name and date of death of the deceased
  • location of the grave
  • material, dimensions and text of the headstone
  • sketch or photograph of the headstone
  • name of the stone mason
  • name of the person arranging for the headstone

Council Archives has a number of mostly undated plans.

These plans show different blocks within the cemetery with the original block names and plot numbers, along with the surname of the person buried there. Looking at the plans will show you other burials, perhaps family members, in the same area. Plans may show some differences between what's on the ground and what's in the burial registers. Generally burial registers are the more accurate record.

Cemetery plans haven't been digitised yet, but you can look at them at the Council Archives, or ask for a scanned copy.

Other cemeteries in the Hutt Valley

We don't have burial registers or original records from other cemeteries in the Hutt Valley.

An alphabetical burial index for Taitā Cemetery was compiled in 1965 and continues to 1981. These books include lists of burials for some local cemeteries which are now closed. Cemeteries included in this book are:

  • St James Churchyard, Woburn Road
  • Christ Church, Taitā
  • Roman Catholic Cemetery, Korokoro
  • Knox Presbyterian Church, High Street
  • Methodist Cemetery, Bridge Street
  • Military Road Memorial.

These lists and other local burials identified are also included in the online Council cemetery database. This information has been found in newspapers, parish registers, and other sources.

There are also many online resources for cemetery research around the country. Your local library should be able to help you.

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