News & Guidelines

NZCCC news and media releases


Chair's Report - September 2018

Michelle Rivers has stepped down as the chair of the NZCCC and Shelley Donoghue will be stepping up as our new Chair. Download her latest report to find out what the advisory group are working on.


Revised guidance on the roles and responsibilities of medical referees.
This document is intended to be a plain language guide to the regulations for medical referees from the Ministry of Health. It is revised as required, to incorporate any changes to requirements and any comments received from medical referees, funeral directors and public health staff, since we first circulated it in July 2016.

The most recent revisions
• include the recent changes that allow nurse practitioners to issue cause of death certificates and cremation certificates
• add information about online forms
• update the cremation forms.



Cemeteries Week

Cemeteries and Crematoria week 2018 took place nation wide from 8-14 October.

Cemeteries Week is about demystifying cemeteries and crematoria and celebrating these sites as enduring, welcoming places for people to connect with communities, to recognise and uphold different cultural traditions, and to embrace heritage. It helps raise awareness of the important work that goes on behind the scenes to preserve these key public spaces for our communities.

Learn more about it

Magazine articles, columns and editorials

Stories from the graves of Hamilton East Cemetery, an article from Stuff during Cemeteries Week in October 2018

Play Among the Tombstones, an article from LG Magazine

Cemetery Management: A delicate balance, an NZCCC article which featured in the February edition of Local Government Magazine.

Guidelines and Standards

This section features information on standards and benchmarking, best practice, and links to other relevant information.

Health and Safety

• WorkSafe has released excavation guidelines to manage health and safety risks associated with excavation work. These guidelines cover good practice and requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Read the guidelines.

• NZRA delivered a webinar on the impacts of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, presented by NZRA Community Recreation Project Manager Esther Bukholt, WorkSafe Technical Support Services Manager Richard Steel, Brent Maru from Sport Tasman and Hamish Kynaston, a partner at one of New Zealand's leading law firms Buddle Findlay. Watch a recording of the webinar.

Standards and professional development

• The Horticulture Qualifications Framework includes information on cemetery qualifications and helps illustrate the professional development pathway for cemetery workers. View the Framework.

• NZCCC produced a webinar including perspectives on the use of cemetery management software from Hutt City Council and cemetery management software provider Enabling. View the webinar

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