Veterans of the New Zealand Defence Force who have served overseas are entitled to a burial plot at no cost. These plots are available in the RSA sections of Ellesmere, Springston, or Shands Road cemeteries. Veterans interred in these plots are responsible for standard Council burial fees.

Please be aware that the Council must verify that individuals are qualified for a RSA plot. There are steps that you can take that will help us get this information from the New Zealand Defence Force Archives quicker. These include providing:

  • Branch of service
  • Service number
  • Dates of service

We need to receive this information as early in the process as is possible, as we have to forward it to the NZDF Archives in Wellington for service verification. No requests for a RSA plot can be processed by the Council until we receive this verification.