This is the view from Waitakere View Road in the Waikumete Cemetery, together with public conveniences. Sadly, the view – across Glen Eden/Oratia and the vineyards of the foothils, with the Waitakere Ranges as backdrop – cannot be enjoyed from within.
From the Waitakere City website: “Waikumete is one of the largest cemeteries in the Southern Hemisphere and the final resting place for over 70,000 people. It also provides the largest open space environment for passive creation within Waitakere.”
A brochure about the history of this Cemetery has this apt comment: “these Exeloo style toilets were erected in 1999 to serve the modern western berms and lawns and Urupa. Unfortunately the style and location of these toilets integrates poorly with the Cemetery and they are located in a visually prominent location.”
Nevertheless, it’s good that the needs of the living are not forgotten.