Ōtukaikino - The Living Memorial
For every funeral we arrange, a native plant is established in our unique Living Memorial reserve at Otukaikino, a place of commemoration for family and friends to visit Otukaikino Reserve is a 13-hectare freshwater wetland reserve which Lamb & Hayward in partnership with the Department of Conservation is gradually restoring. Visitors are welcome.
An outdoor memorial service is held at Otukaikino each year on the last Sunday in February.
An invitation will be sent out for two years after the funeral, and thereafter there is an open invitation for you to join us every year, rain or shine.
Community Bus Service
Lamb & Hayward operates a community bus service, which is available for outings on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The bus is only available for older age groups who may otherwise find it difficult to arrange transport for a scheduled day's outing. The bus and driver are a popular service and bookings need to be made one year in advance. Lamb & Hayward provide this service as an ongoing support to the aged community.
A Christmas to Remember
Lamb & Hayward holds a Candle Lighting Service every December in each of its chapels. These services are advertised in the Press.
You may wish to light a candle to symbolise a life still significant, and there is an opportunity to write a personal message on an angel card to place on our tree. In the New Year the messages are gathered together and interred at our Living Memorial at Otukaikino, to form a tribute planted in remembrance of those nearest to our hearts.
You will receive an invitation for two years and are welcome to attend every year thereafter.