The New Zealand Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective (NZCCC) awarded industry champions at the New Zealand Cemeteries and Crematoria Awards dinner on 10 May 2023. The Awards included the Community Contribution Award, the Green Award, the Individual Excellence Award, and acknowledgment to those who have provided decades of service with the Long Service Award.
Long Service Awards were presented to eleven individuals from across the motu whose careers have spanned anywhere from 10 to 40 plus years.
Under the leadership of Margaret Pullar, a well-loved community member who formed and led the Pukerau Cemetery Support Group, the previously unkempt and unmarked cemetery has been transformed into a beautiful community space. Together with the Gore District Council, the Support Group, and its volunteers they have turned the area into a splendid place surrounded by green rolling hills and native plantings, making it a serene and stunning location to visit.
The Individual Excellence Award was presented to Carl Baker. This was due to his exceptional commitment and dedication to the cemetery industry. As the Assistant Sexton at Nelmac Kūmānu Cemetery, he quickly became a valuable member of the team, building on his previous experience as a funeral director. With a fresh approach, he has become a Team Leader and Head Sexton, gaining the trust of clients and delivering personalized services across all cemeteries in Nelson and the region.
The awards were held as part of the national New Zealand Cemeteries & Crematoria Conference in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.