Cemeteries & Crematoria Committee

Cemeteries and Crematoria Committee

The Committee members represent private and public cemeteries and crematoria, in addition to researchers. Members hold office for three years, the election process takes place at the biennial Cemeteries and Crematoria Conference, with the next election in 2020.

Every year, the Committee has two meetings in person, and meets monthly in an online conference. Biennially there is the Cemeteries and Crematoria Conference and a Cemeteries forum on alternating years. The Committee is accountable to the Board of NZRA and operates within its Code of Ethics.

There are eight Committee members representing private and public cemeteries and crematoria, and one member who is a research fellow. Positions are elected on a two yearly basis, every position is up for re-election with a maximum term of six years.

Shelley Donoghue (Chairperson)

Hutt City Council Reserves Technical Officer Shelley Donoghue is passionate about the future of cemeteries. She is excited to be a part of this rapidly changing and growing industry and is heavily involved in a project to scope a complete and future proof cemetery management system which could eventually develop into a national cemetery database. Contact her at shelley.donoghue@huttcity.govt.nz

Hayden Parr

Hayden is the senior cemetery operator at Maunu cemetery and is the 2018 winner of the NZCCC Individual Excellence Award. He has worked extremely hard enhancing the beauty of Maunu cemetery, one of his big projects has been completing the commemorative garden which he designed and installed for the centennial anniversary of ANZAC day in 2015. Contact him at hayden.parr@wdc.govt.nz

Isak Bester

Isak was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to NZ in July 2006. He worked for a city council in South Africa, managing the Parks and Recreation department for 9 years. Since arriving in New Zealand, he has worked for North Shore City / Auckland Council for 5 years and then joined Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium as operations Manager, where he worked the next 4 years. During November 2016, Isak moved to Hawke's Bay and is currently the Cemeteries and Crematorium Manager for Hastings District Council. He manages the Hawke's Bay Crematorium and the following cemeteries: Hastings, Havelock North, Mangaroa and Puketapu. Isak is passionate about educating and changing people's perspectives on re-usable burial options for the future. Contact him at isakb@hdc.govt.nz

Tracy Sharples

Tracy is a Parks and Property Administration Officer for Manawatu District Council. As part of her role she is responsible for the administrative side of Cemeteries and fills the role as first point of contact for Customers, Funeral Directors and Contractors. Her experience in "Cemeteries" is limited to the past 3 years, however she has a strong work background (over 20 years) in Customer Services. Her mantra is "Always strive to exceed the Customer's expectation" and she believes that by being a member of the NZCCC committee will further her professional development in this regard. Contact her at Tracy.Sharples@mdc.govt.nz

Cindi Crooks

Cindi is a Relationship Manager at Citycare, she has 15 years' infrastructure industry experience, including the last ten years in contract management and relationship roles in Christchurch. She has been part of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective since November 2017, is the Contract Manager for the Christchurch City Council's Sexton Services contract since 2012 and brings the Contractor's perspective to the collective. Her primary focus is on understanding the contract documents to ensure client expectations are met. Contact her at cindi.crooks@citycare.co.nz

Jess Thomson

Jess has been involved with Cemeteries for over 2.5 years with the Queenstown Lakes District Council as the Assistant Parks and Reserves Officer. Day to day, she is involved with administering all enquiries, interments, headstone applications and manages the interment services contract. She is keen to be involved in the Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective and to be part of the advocacy for the Otago/ Southland Region. Jess feels as though it is an exciting time for Cemeteries in New Zealand as there are many changes in trends and legislation occurring. Contact her at Jessica.thomson@qldc.govt.nz

Alastair Crombie

Alastair Crombie has come to the Cemetery and Crematoria industry from a long career in media, communications and customer service roles. He started at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium in Eastern Suburbs Auckland as the Assistant Manager 18 months ago and was recently appointed as the General Manager. Alastair enjoys dealing with Funeral Directors and the general public alike and finds the positive difference that the team at Purewa make for those who are fare welling loved ones to be a highly satisfying part of his role. Contact him at alastaircrombie@purewa.co.nz

Industry Partners


NZCCC works with associate members and partners who work in related industries.

Our members have a vast amount of knowledge about cemeteries and crematoria, and we are happy to collaborate on projects, contribute advise and expertise, and attend working groups and committees.

If you would like to work with us, please contact our Secretariat at NZCCC@nzrecreation.org.nz

Collaborative projects

• A code of practice in collaboration with the New Zealand Master Monumental Masons' Association

• A webinar on Health & Safety in collaboration with FDANZ and WorkSafe


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