New Zealand Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective (NZCCC) is the national organisation representing the interests of the cemeteries and crematoria industry in New Zealand.


In November 2012 the New Zealand Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective (NZCCC) was set up with support from Recreation Aotearoa. An Advisory Group was then appointed to provide governance and direction for the Collective.

Our Vision

To become the leading support and advisory group in New Zealand's cemeteries and crematoria sector.

Our Purpose

To lead the sector in delivering the best outcomes to the community and individuals touched by bereavement. To encourage a collective approach to sharing information, knowledge, expertise and professional development in the cemeteries and crematoria sector.

Read our 2020/2022 NZCCC Terms of Reference


If you would like to make contact on an issue related to cemeteries and crematoria or are interested in learning more about us please contact us on info@nzccc.co.nz

Our Advisory Committee

Hayden Parr (Chair)

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.

E: chair@nzccc.co.nz

Danny Langstraat

Daniel has been at Harbour City Funeral Home since 1993, he became fully qualified, and then a Co-Director in 2004. The company now covers Wellington, Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast. Having been on the ITO - Funeral Service Training Trust for 6 years, Danny hopes to assist the NZCCC with his knowledge and experience to encourage 'Best Practise' and foster collegial relations between sectors.

E: eastern-NI@nzccc.co.nz
Ph: (04) 5700-111

Daniel Chrisp

Daniel started with his previous employer as a Gardener, and like many of us in the industry got into the job unintentionally. He has now been working in the Cemetery space for over five Years. He started working at Taita Cemetery in Lower Hutt, and is now the Cemeteries Manager for Porirua City Council. He is glad he has worked at two different sites, with different soil types and one being a closed cemetery, and the other being an active cemetery and crematoria. Daniel lives in Wainuiomata with his Wife and two boys (6 and 3) and grew up in Lower Hutt. His G.G.G Grandfather is buried in Makaraka Cemetery, Gisborne.

"I love networking with other people within the cemetery industry and I am passionate about what we do as cemetery workers. I love that no two days are the same and that we end up with really good work stories! I am learning more and more every year now that I am working in this field, and can see how people end up working their whole lives in cemeteries. I love that our cemeteries are a community space and a cross section of that community with diverse cultures and beliefs represented. I am also passionate about the history and heritage that is buried within our cemeteries, I'm a bit of a research nerd for this stuff but between full time work and two young boys at home I just don't have the time! I am excited that we have started work on a national training program that is being developed by cemetery staff for cemetery staff."

I have been part of the following projects / areas to date and can provide advice or experience on any of them:

  • Replacing our old Cemeteries Database with a modern one
  • Turning an un useable space in our cemetery into a memorial walk
  • Advising on a 2.4m project of refurbishing our chapel and replacing a cremator
  • Helped write a submission on the review of the Burial and Cremation Act
  • Installed new QR codes in a historic cemetery to tell the stories of the notable people buried there

Craig Morton

Craig is a qualified Monumental Mason and has worked in the industry for 31 years.

He have been an active member of the New Zealand Master Monumental Masons Association, with numerous years on the management committee, a term as president and with a life membership awarded in 2019.

He was also the industry representative on the Creative Trades ITO until it disbanded and moved to the BCITO where he sits on the National Advisory Group for Stonemasonary.

Craig is passionate about cemeteries and the history they hold and has worked closely with New Zealand Historic Cemeteries Trust for many years.

E: central-SI@nzccc.co.nz

Elizabeth Reddington

Elizabeth works for Wellington City Council as the Cemeteries Manager and has 14 years' experience across different cemeteries roles. Elizabeth is keen to contribute her knowledge of cemeteries to the NZCCC.

E: southern-NI@nzccc.co.nz 

Ricky Mulqueen

Ricky is Team Leader Cemetery Services for the Invercargill City Council, he has worked there for 14 years. Prior to that he worked for 10 years in the Funeral Industry in Western Australia and Victoria.

He considers our role as Cemetery and Crematorium workers to be an extremely important one in our communities. He is passionate about our history and how cemeteries play a part in honouring our past but also sees value in looking forward and seeing how we can change and adapt to new things like natural burial areas, different types of headstones, monumental options, and how we can work with our communities more closely.

I look forward to working on the NZCCC committee.

E: southern-SI@nzccc.co.nz

Alastair Crombie

Alastair has been employed at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium in Meadowbank Auckland since 2017, initially as the Assistant Manager then stepping up to General Manager in July of 2018.

Coming to the Death Care sector later in his career progression, he brings a varied background with the bulk of his working life being spent in Film and Television production in a variety of roles.

Alastair travelled the world for 25+ years with a camera and has had the privilege of meeting and filming people of virtually all ethnicities and backgrounds, covering all manner of stories. Two stints with the BBC in the UK and three years living in Kenya and working across the African continent stand out as highlights in his Film and TV career. He also brings small business management experience to this role and did five years with the NZ Police in customer service and communications roles. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Communications and Public Relations AUT 2009.

It is this rich background that informs him today as he manages the expansive and historic Cemetery and Crematorium facilities at Purewa. Alastair brings together the many aspects required to cope with the often emotionally charged environment that is navigated daily in the Funeral industry.

He loves leading the great team at Purewa and the diversity and complexity of the GM role. For Alastair his role means a great opportunity to assist and help people who are often in a difficult space in coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.

Alastair lives with his wife Maureen in Orakei, Auckland and for his recreation enjoys DIY, life at the bach, motorcycling, music, movies and socializing with friends.

E: AklNorth-NI@nzccc.co.nz

Sheree Stout

Sheree Stout is the Operations Manager for Auckland Council Cemeteries. She started her career with Auckland Council Cemeteries as a full-time gardener at Waikumete Cemetery and then moved into facilities operations. In 2016 she was the first female head sexton to be appointed for Waikumete Cemetery, then in 2020 she started her current role.

She is invested in the future of cemeteries and has a strong interest in providing the best outcomes for our communities in the cemeteries space.  

E: central-NI@nzccc.co.nz

Chris Curlett

Chris has experience in a number of areas, starting as a clerk and culminating in Directorships in New Zealand and Hong Kong/China. He has also been a director and shareholder in a brokerage firm, Intellectual Property Company, establishing a not-for-profit activity in New Zealand. 

Chris is a member of the Mangere Lawn Cemetery Trust Board and the Board's Secretary/Treasurer.  More recently, he has managed the cemetery and, together with an amazing team of staff,  developed the new Kirkbride Road Cemetery, an extension of the original Mangere Cemetery.

He is actively involved in the cemetery's day-to-day activities together with long term planning. 

Having joined the NZCCC, he see’s it as a significant vehicle to represent the profession as New Zealand progresses through a time of change.  He hopes to contribute to the activities and assist in the growth of the Association by providing benefits to its members and New Zealand as a whole.

E: AklSouth-NI@nzccc.co.nz

Becky Masters-Ramsey

Becky Masters-Ramsay is Senior Adviser - War Graves and National Monuments at Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Based in Wellington, Becky oversees the maintenance programme for national war graves, historic graves and memorials in both Aotearoa and overseas.

Projects Becky works on range from undertaking inspections in remote urupā, to managing large restoration projects of national memorials and burial grounds of former New Zealand Prime Ministers.

Becky feels honoured to care for so many special sites on behalf of the New Zealand Government.

E: northern-SI@nzccc.co.nz

Kelvin Tamihere


E: Northern-NI@nzccc.co.nz

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