Akatārawa Cemetery’s Sexton wins Excellence Award

Published on 01 June 2021

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Congratulations to Neil Whiteman who won the Individual Excellence Award at the NZ Cemeteries and Crematoria Awards last Thursday.

Neil has been Akatārawa Cemetery’s Sexton for 42 years and despite being past retirement, is still committed to caring and maintaining the grounds.

Neil’s nominator said that he has poured his heart and soul into the cemetery, owned by Upper Hutt City Council,  and has shown excellent initiative when it comes to cemetery operation.

“[Neil] is personable and knows the community well. He knows many visitors by name and is always happy to talk and support them in their time of grief. Neil has incredible commitment to the industry by his length of service and good work ethic.”

The awards were held as part of the national New Zealand Cemeteries & Crematoria Conference in Rotorua. Congratulations Neil!

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 Photo: Neil onsite at Akatārawa Cemetery, his workplace for the last 42 years.