Online cemetery record search
Gisborne District Council's online cemetery database can be searched by a text search or map tool.
Search text database to Find Cemetery Records(external link)
Online map search - use our Online Cemetery Search on GIS(external link)
It includes plot information, inscriptions and headstone photos for Taruheru, Makaraka, Ormond, Patutahi, Rakauroa, Motu, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay and Te Puia Springs cemeteries.
Accuracy of cemetery records
We try to ensure our records are accurate. Because of the nature of historical documents, accuracy of information provided as part of this service, cannot be guaranteed. There may be errors or omissions in the data. If there is any information that you believe is incorrect, please send us the correct information with supporting verification. To tell us about a cemetery record or request details not found online - please fill in the Cemetery Record Change Form.
Our earliest records start from 1877 at the Makaraka Cemetery. The total number of burial records in the database is around 30,594 with 23,860 at Taruheru Cemetery.
To ensure accuracy, you can cross-reference this information with other sources such as, funeral directors' records, newspaper death notices, electoral rolls, or records of transcripts complied by the NZ Society of Genealogists(external link).