Planning for a Memorial

One of the first considerations when planning a memorial is knowing what design styles are permitted in the area the memorial is to be placed. We can check this for you at time of order to ensure that we are creating a correct memorial specification. If you require any help with establishing the type of memorial allowed please contact us.

Another important thing to know for Council operated cemeteries is who is the ‘Burial Rights Holder’ (BRH), or owner of the plot. This information is now required to obtain a council permit and the application must be in BRH’s name. We can guide you through this process.

Memorials can be collected from our factory to be installed in family cemeteries and urupas across New Zealand.

We can also organise packing and shipping to the Pacific Islands.

Material Options

We use granite as the material of choice for memorials. Granite has been proven by the test of time for durability over the centuries. Granite is a hard natural rock and is used because the hardness allows the polished surface to remain stable for long periods of time outdoors and does not damage or scratch easily.

Marble is a material used by some monumental companys but we can not recommend it for outdoor use. While it looks pretty and luxurious when new, marble is a soft material that will not hold its looks for long. A soft stone polish will dull away over time and leave a matte rough finish. No sealers or preparations can protect Marble from the ravages of the elements and time.

In the last century Marble was often used as it was easy to work and carve with hand chisels for lettering, this was then drilled and filled with lead. Painted inscriptions with not last long in the soft, water absorbing stone.

Other materials have been used over the years such as fibreglass & glass but none have matched the durability of Granite.


Granite Colours

Below is a selection of granite colours available

How Much Will it Cost?

Most of the memorials fall between the $2,500 to $6,000 range and this will provide for a good quality memorial and base made from granite. In most cases this includes installation and cemetery permit fees.

We often have headstones on special so check out our ‘On Sale’ gallery.

Plaques for cremation areas can range from $400 – $1200 depending on options added.

We can also produce custom designed headstones that can reflect an individual character such as sculptured granite designs and accessories.

Payment Options

A LayBy scheme is a popular method if there is some time until an unveiling. An initial deposit is put down and regular payments calculated to ensure the required amount is paid by the time the memorial is finished.

Permits and Regulations

Most council operated cemeteries in New Zealand have a permitting system in place for installing headstones. Each cemetery has different requirements, but Auckland is currently in the process of standardising it’s systems for headstone permit applications. Below is a list of some local area cemetery permit fees. Updated 1/7/2018

Cost for Specific Location

Location Fees
Manukau Memorial Gardens, North Shore, Waikumete, Papakura $146
Hillsborough, Waikaraka, Otahuhu $146
Franklin $146
Mangere Lawn Cemetery $185 Burial
$115 Child/Ashes


Ask about fees for other areas.

How long does it take to complete a headstone?

This can depend on whether the headstone is selected from one of our large range of memorials currently in stock or is a design that has to be drawn up and manufactured. Stones from stock can usually be completed in about 5-6 weeks from order, although we can produce urgent jobs for customers that have a shorter delivery time – an express production fee may apply in some cases.

If a stone needs to be made to a special design or requires detailed carving work it best to allow about 4-5 months prior to an unveiling date or anniversary. This will ensure we have everything ready well in advance of your delivery date.



We can help you with decisions regarding what to put on a headstone. Our consultants have had many years experience with different layouts and can offer advice if you have any questions.

Alli Campbell

"Everyone is absolutely amazed at the workmanship and the detail that has gone into this headstone, and Stephen's mates especially feel that it is a real fitting tribute to their mate."

Aea Lilo

"Thank you so much for the job you did on Mum's headstone. We were blown away when we unveiled on Saturday in front of family and friends and saw Mum's finished headstone for the first time-It surpassed our expectations and to hear the gasps of "WOW" speaks for itself. Your advice and professionalism made the process so much easier. Faafetai, faafetai, faafetai Tele lava. Thank you, Thank you, thank you so much."


"Thanks for making my wish come true. My brother would have loved the beautiful work you did. Thank you soo much again...His stone shines from the hill & and can be seen from afar which was the effect I was going for. So happy right now and it's made things easier on the family now that we have a beautiful stone that fits the beautiful person that left us."

Meg, Norfolk Island

"Thank you Greg, Laurie's headstone looks fantastic, we are all so pleased with it, and you got it up in time for his birthday. Many thanks for the wonderful job."


"Thank you very much for making the whole process so smooth. The plaque is perfect."

Anna Tetevano

"Everything arrived safely. Just want to say thank you for such a fantastic job. Me and my children were really pleased with the job."

The John Family

" It was so easy working with you as we put together mums headstone. Your patience with us, your professionalism and you timeliness as we tried to get it perfect was appreciated more than you can imagine. It is a beautiful headstone and we take such great pleasure in telling people who we used as well as seeing it every time we visit mum. Thank you once again"


"Absolutely delighted with the headstone...In fact everyone who has seen it says how lovely it is. Big thanks."


"Thank you from the bottom of my heart Greg....this is awesome and perfect."


"My hearty appreciation to you and your company for the excellent service and continuous support in meeting the expectations of my family with the headstone. I will certainly continue to utilise your service should any of my family members require a headstone in the future."


"Thanks for the email, and the headstone is just perfect. It's been a pleasure dealing with you."


Banks Memorials have been professional Monumental Masons since 1985 and have acquired a vast amount of knowledge and skills over this time. This is the sort of experience that can make a difference to the finished memorial.

Contact Us now for a no obligation quote. Come and visit our showroom.


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