Funerals and tangihanga

The safety and wellbeing of our community and our team are our number one priority. We are closely monitoring public health advice and updating our website as new information becomes available. Hamilton is at' red' of the Government's COVID-19 Protection Framework, otherwise known as the traffic light system. At red, there is community transmission and we need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system from COVID-19. While our essential services continue running and our public facilities can open at red, there are safety measures in place to protect our community safe.

Can funerals go ahead? 

Yes, funerals, tangihanga, burials and viewing of tūpāpaku (the person who has died) can go ahead at red. 
It is up to the venue and the family to agree whether the funeral or tangihanga is open to people with My Vaccine Pass or to a mix of people with or without the pass. If My Vaccine Pass requirements are followed, there can be up to 200 people at a funeral. 

To find out more about funerals and tangihanga at red of the traffic light system, please visit here. 

Where do I go for advice about funerals at red? 

Your funeral director will have the best advice for you. Get in touch with them for more information about what funerals and tangihanga look like at red of the traffic light system. 

Do I have to be vaccinated to go inside offices the Hamilton Park Cemetery or the chapels? 

No, My Vaccine Passes are no longer required at council venues and facilities.  

Anyone can visit a gravesite or wander through our cemeteries as these are considered parks. 

Can I visit my loved ones at Hamilton's cemeteries? 

Yes, anyone is welcome to visit gravesites as they are open spaces. We encourage you to keep 1m distance from people you don't know, wear a face covering in crowded places, and stay home if you're unwell. 

We want to manage our loved one's funeral ourselves at Hamilton Park Cemetery – is that allowed? 

No. Services must be managed by funeral directors only. However, we are working closely with loved ones to accommodate needs as best we can.  

Can I travel to attend a funeral, tangihanga, burial or viewing? 

Yes, you can travel from anywhere to attend. 


Page reviewed: 11 Apr 2022 7:14am