Changes are coming for the Andersons Bay crematorium, as
the Dunedin City Council prepares for the arrival of market
Council staff have ruled out selling the facility, and
instead appear to be moving to trim costs to avoid the
facility being a drain on ratepayers.
The changes came more than a year after Hope and Sons
unveiled plans in April last year for a new crematorium on
industrial land at Dukes Rd North.
The facility was expected to be operating earlier this year,
but delays meant a start was now not expected until later
Its pending start prompted a report by council staff to the
non-public part of Monday's finance committee meeting,
outlining options for the future of the council's Andersons
The report was yet to be made public, but council parks,
recreation and aquatics group manager Mick Reece said, when
contacted yesterday, the Andersons Bay crematorium was
''definitely not'' going to be sold.
The council had considered a sale in 2012, not long after
offloading the underperforming CitiBus, but eventually opted
to retain the crematorium.
Mr Reece said Monday's discussions centred on staff advice
about possible options for its operation.
The aim was to ensure service levels did not drop, and the
facility did not become a drain on ratepayers, once Hope and
Son's crematorium was in operation, he said.
''We have been doing work over a long period of time to look
at options and what the implications will be of another
private enterprise cremator operating in Dunedin.
''It's not a question of if Hope's build a cremator. They've
said they are going to, and Dunedin's one of the very, very
few local authorities which is the only operator of a
"In all the other centres, private enterprise has been
operating for some time.''
He expected the report would be made public ''reasonably
''There were just a couple of things council wanted dealt
with. Once they are dealt with, the report can be made
public. It will be a question of a week or so at the very
most,'' he said.