earliest grave on record is 1875. Burials continue to date 2010. There
are no burial records from 1875 until 1901 but some graves from this
period have headstones. Records have been researched at Registrar General BDM Wellington from 1860-1895. Burials conducted by family : as well as formal Undertakers who were listed as: A Anderson .....about 1909 G O Griffiths........1926 CCP Crosswell....1927 Griffiths & Pipe....1947 Joe Langford ......1958 Jack Tai Funeral Edgecombe Curran Funeral Home Whakatane Roselyn Funerals Opotiki Brent Willetts Funeral Services Whakatane Gateway Funeral Services Whakatane
1. OPOTIKI PUBLIC CEMETERY (Waitangi)
St John Street/ Duke Street/State Highway 2, Opotiki. This cemetery is situated on the
main State Highway 2 to Gisborne, on the South side of the Opotiki
township along St John Street,at the corner of Duke Street. The cemetery is divided into sections.
OLDEST cemetery [shown in white] was opened about 1875. The
oldest section, and two others Section A-E, Section F- L are on the north side of a creek which divides the cemetery. A-L were used from 1919. Section 5 [Black triangle] at top of plan has been used from 2001. Section 4 [shown in lemon] including Niche Wall and RSA section [small segment purple] on left started about 1978. Section 3 [blue] Used from about 1965. Section 2 [orange] began January 1948. Section 1[ purple] with 2 RSA sections nearest gate. Began use June 1939.