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.
To become the leading support and advisory group in New Zealand's cemeteries and crematoria sector.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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."
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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 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.
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.
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.
Pam Neal is the Sexton for Downer in Marlborough, working alongside her team, in 8 cemeteries.
Pam leads the Open Space Management teams in Marlborough, including Rai Valley, Havelock, Renwick, the Sounds and as far South as Ward. (Mowing & horticulture)
Pam is passionate about her role and feels honoured to be working within the Cemetery section and is looking forward to working with the NZCCC Committee, being able to share and contribute knowledge of our chosen profession.
Outside of work, Pam enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding motorcycles and being in the outdoors.