Construction is complete on the new state-of-the-art building at Purewa Cemetery.
The new function lounge, called St Johns Lounge, makes Purewa the first cemetery/crematorium facility in New Zealand to have two chapels and two function lounges.
We took an advance tour of the building ahead of the official opening on Friday February 17. The building was designed by architects Ministry of Architecture and Interiors and features underfloor heating, an electronically-controlled louvred outdoor roof, and expansive views over the reserve.
An 85″ TV (first in NZ!) and sound system allows people to watch a funeral if numbers exceed the capacity of the chapel. The lounge can accommodate 150 people inside and another 150 on the covered patio space, making it comfortable to hold funerals with many more attendees.
The lounge opened on January 4 and has been used for functions already. The official opening is on February 17, 2017.
Read more: “New St Johns Lounge for Purewa“, East and Bays Courier, 7 December 2016.