Manukau Memorial Gardens grow their accessibility

15th September 2016

Manukau Memorial GardensEarlier this year the Manukau Memorial Gardens commissioned a Be. Welcome Assessment, becoming the first cemetery in the country to do so. Congratulations to the Manukau Memorial Gardens for beginning a new conversation about how they can be Auckland’s most accessible cemetery!

The team at the Manukau Memorial Gardens say that given the diversity of the communities they serve being as accessible as possible just makes sense.

Manager of Cemeteries South, Jon King, said that the Be. Welcome report has given them a starting point, and an opportunity to assess which improvements can be done immediately, in the short and medium and long term. It has also given them a really good idea of the breadth of the considerations that should be taken into account in any plans or developments in the future. Jon said that the process has given them a much broader understanding of accessibility.

The most surprising discovery was that relatively simple changes could make such a big difference for visitors with access needs.

In the short term they hope to address more simple changes such as improving signage and ramp and curb access. A more medium term goal is to look at improving how they make their accessibility information available on the website, and in ensuring that all accessible facilities are represented on an accessibility map. In the longer term they hope to look at developing fully accessible areas such as an all access Ash Scattering garden.

It is fantastic to see such commitment to growing accessibility. Watch this space to see how far they grow!