The cemeteries to be found in the Whangarei District Council Cemetery database include the following:
Maunu Forest Lawn, Kamo (Ketenikau), Onerahi, Kioreroa and Ngunguru (Cape Horn).
I would encourage anyone researching any person listed on the Roll Database who they know to be resting in any of these cemeteries and who they would like to have entered on the Cemetery Database to contact the Cemetery Manager, Whangarei District Council, Private Bag 9023, Whangarei. Contact details are :
Phone: (09) 430-4207
Some partial records are accessible in regards to the Hukerenui, Kaurihohore, Marua and Waipu cemeteries.
I know personally of some service personnel buried at Kaurihohore who do not show up on the cemetery database.
I have been told that it is unlikely that any unrecorded service personnel resting in this last group of cemeteries will be added to the database unless a specific request is received from a relative to do this. Unfortunately council just does not have the resources to undertake this task. As with the paragraph above, the Cemetery Manager should be contacted should you wish to make such a request.
Information is available in regards these cemeteries on the periphery of Whangarei and contact details are as follows.
Hukerenui South Cemetery
Hukerenui Cemetery is located on Domain Road, Hukerenui.
Contact: Mr Peter Keatley, RD 2, Hikurangi
Phone: +64 9 433 9862
Kaurihohore Cemetery is located on Apotu Road, Kauri.
Contact: Mrs Jean Finlayson, 48 Bedlington Street, Whangarei
Phone: +64 9 437 3079
Mangapai Cemetery is located on Knagg Road, Springfield.
Contact: Mr Kevin McConnell, Mangapai Road, RD 8, Whangarei
Phone: +64 9 432 2120
Mangapai South Cemetery is located on Kukunui Road, Springfield.
Contact: Mr Murray Whittle, Whittle Road, RD 8, Whangarei
Phone: +64 9 432 2866
Marua Cemetery is located on the corner of Doige and Marua Roads, Marua.
Contact: Mr Gordon Brown, RD 1, Hikurangi
Phone: +64 9 433 8310
Maungakaramea Cemetery is located on Snooks Road, Maungakaramea.
Contact: Mr Vernon (Jerry) Litt
Phone: +64 9 432 3765
Otonga Cemetery is located on Whananaki North Road, approximately 800m from the turn off with State Highway 1. Access is through private property.
Contact: Mr Peter Roughton
Phone: +64 9 433 6081
Phone: +64 9 435 5040
Parua Bay Cemetery is located on Parua Cemetery Road, off Whangarei Heads Road, Parua Bay.
Contact: Mr Eric Jagger, 7 Ody Road, RD 4, Whangarei 0174
Phone: +64 9 434 0800
Purua Cemetery is located on Puketitoi Road, Purua.
Contact: Mr N J (Jock) Finlayson, 233/55 Pipiwai Road, RD 6, Whangarei 0176
Phone: +64 9 433 5648
Waikiekie Cemetery is located on Taipuha Road, Waikiekie.
Contact: Mr Craig Berridge, Stead Road, Waikiekie, Waiotira 0193
Phone: +64 9 432 9218
Waipu Cemetery is located on Cove Road, Waipu.
Contact: Mr Angus McCulloch, 898 Cove Road, Waipu
Phone: 027 493 1774
Whareora Cemetery is located on Parahaki Parish Road, Whareora.
Contact: Mr Grant Smith, 460 Pataua North Road, RD 5, Whangarei 0175
Phone: +64 9 437 5208
There are two types of Council owned cemeteries in the Far North District. Some are operated by the Council and others are operated by Committee.
Community operated cemeteries
Broadwood, Fairburn, Herekino, Houhora, Mangonui, Mangungu, Oruaiti, Peria, Pungaere, Takahue, Waiharara and Waipapakauri.
In addition, there are a number of graveyards adjacent to churches. Customers should contact the church direct if not listed above.
Council operated cemeteries
Council manages and maintains cemeteries in the following locations:
Kaeo Cemetery, Road off Turner Street
Totara North Cemetery, Totara North School Road
Kerikeri Cemetery, Wiroa Road
Paihia Cemetery, Seaview Road
Russell Cemetery, Long Beach Road
Kawakawa Cemetery, Whitemans Road
Kaikohe Cemetery, State Highway 12
Okaihau Cemetery, Settlers Way
Rawene Cemetery, Parnell Street
Kohukohu Cemetery, Kohukohu Road
Kaitaia Cemetery, Pukepoto Road
Unfortunately the cemeteries at Mangawai, Arapohue, Tokatoka, Dargaville and Redhill which are administered by the Kaipara District Council have no online database at time of writing, so further research will be needed in respect of these. In the first instance you will want to contact the council. The council also supports the maintenance of the Kaiwaka and Otamatea RSA cemeteries.
You will see from the spreadsheet that many other cemeteries feature from outside of the region.
It was not my intention to run a search of any of the cemetery online databases outside of the Northland region, but recently I also ran a check through the Auckland and Hamilton records, and surprisingly found the names of many servicemen and women recorded there.
As regards Auckland, the main cemeteries included: Hillsborough, Waikaraka, Otahuhu and Symonds Street; North Shore (Schnapper Rock), Birkenhead/Glenfield and Rodney (Wellsford, Warkworth, Matakana); Waikumete and Manukau Memorial Gardens (Papatoetoe), Purewa, Papakura, Waiuku and Pukekohe Cemeteries. A search was also undertaken for Hamilton, of Hamilton Park Gardens.
Note: Where there were several aliases then searches outside of Northland were dispensed with.