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We would like to make the latest time to book a burial at 3.30pm. Summer hours will resume when daylight saving starts.

The headstone of Willie McClellandRecognised for their attractive rural settings, and high standard of upkeep, the Selwyn District Council maintains nineteen cemeteries, of which two – Bishops Corner and Killinchy – are closed for new plot sales.

Most of the cemeteries were established in the 1870s and therefore feature old-style grave areas, as well as newer lawn beams which have been developed during the last few decades. There is provision for burials and the interment of ashes at all cemeteries, except that Ellesmere Catholic Cemetery doesn’t have ash plots.

The management of the Council’s cemeteries is governed by the Selwyn District Council Cemetery Bylaw [PDF, 496 KB]. This document contains helpful information such as the purchase of plots, provisions for interments, requirements for placing a memorial and keeping graves in order.


Memorials are normally organised through monumental masons, who will also give advice as to suitable materials for use. A permit is issued for new headstones, as well as for additions to an existing headstone. For detailed requirements, refer to the council cemetery bylaw [PDF, 496 KB].

Issues such as repairs to surrounds, tops or other work do not require a permit. This is treated as grave maintenance.

Pictured: The grave of Willie McClelland in Kirwee Cemetery

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