Ever wanted to know the nitty-gritty of what happens inside a crematorium? Now you can. When a crematorium open day presented itself on the Kāpiti Coast, David Haxton took a deep breath and ventured forth to find out more about the specialised art of cremation.

In a corner of the picturesque Awa Tapu cemetery in Valley Rd Paraparaumu is a normal looking building.

The building comprises a crematorium and committal chapel owned by Kāpiti Coast Funeral Home.

It's a place where people come to farewell a loved one whose final curtain is about to come down.


On a cold, wet