Sandra Coney: Opening up Waikumete Cemetery

From Saturday Morning, 11:05 am on 27 February 2016

Waikumete Cemetery in Auckland is holding an open day - the first of its kind in New Zealand - to educate the public about its work.

The cemetery is New Zealand's largest, and the final resting place for over 70,000 people. At 108 hectares, it is also one of the region's largest public parks.

On Sunday, it will try to demystify the morbidity of death, displace some of the apprehension around cemeteries and burial practices, explain the historical relevance of cemeteries and explore cultural differences in the treatment of lost loved ones.

Waitākere Ranges Local Board chair Sandra Coney, who helped put the event together, spoke to Saturday Morning with Kim Hill about the vision for the project.