|Category||Administration and Management|
|Approved by||Vice-Chancellor, 17 April 2013|
|Date Policy Took Effect||30 April 2013|
|Last approved revision||8 March 2021|
|Sponsor||Director, Property Services|
|Responsible officer||Strategic Architect, Campus Development|
- the design and placement of memorial plaques;
- the placement of dedicated trees, benches and other physical memorials; and
- entries in the University of Otago Memorial and Commemorative Register.
All University of Otago owned and managed property located in Dunedin and elsewhere in relation to memorial services, the placement of physical memorials and the compilation of entries for the Memorial and Commemorative Register. It does not include memorials located off-campus.
- All land and buildings owned or occupied or for the time being controlled by the University of Otago anywhere in New Zealand.
- A service, structure, tree or plaque that commemorates a person, group or an event.
- Dedicated Tree
- A native tree for planting on the Dunedin campus.
- University of Otago Memorial and Commemorative Register
- An on-line (printable) compilation of epitaphs and information on the location of physical memorials to a person, group or event located on the University campus.
1. Memorial Services
- Memorial services, to commemorate the life of students and staff who have died while studying or working at the University, may be held on the University campus. Such services are to be conducted by the University Chaplains, local kaumatua or other persons approved by the Registrar or Director, Student and Academic Services. In all cases, advice should be sought from the Office of Māori Development.
- This extends to include former long-serving members of staff and to others closely connected to the University as approved by the Registrar.
- Requests for memorial services should be submitted to the Registrar or the Director, Student and Academic Services.
- No human remains (including ashes) are allowed on Campus as part of a memorial service or related event. The burial or scattering of ashes is not permitted on Campus.
- Funeral services are not permitted on Campus.
2. Campus Memorial Wall and Walk
- A Campus Memorial Wall and Walk has been established at the Dunedin Campus on the banks of the Leith, between Leith Walk and the Clyde Street bridge, as a dedicated location for the placement of plaques and the planting of trees requested by families, heads of University departments, or others.
- The design, format and placement of plaques will be managed by the Director, Property Services. Plaques will be of consistent design and presentation and will not include photographs.
- Only one plaque per individual, group or event will be permitted and the cost of the plaque will be borne by the requester.
- All requests for placement of a plaque on the Memorial Wall should be submitted to Property Services and will be subject to the approval of the Registrar or the Director, Student and Academic Services.
- Consumption and food preparation should not take place in the area designated for the Memorial Wall and Walk.
- Any future alterations to the Memorial Wall and Walk will be carried out in consultation with the Director of the Office of Māori Development.
3. Dedicated Trees
- The planting of a dedicated tree is restricted to the Campus Memorial Wall and Walk area.
- The following conditions apply:
- Requests for dedicated trees should be submitted to Property Services and will be subject to the approval of the Registrar or the Director, Student and Academic Services.
- Dedicated trees must be selected from an approved species list provided by Property Services.
- The location of a dedicated tree will be included in the Memorial and Commemorative Register. Commemorative plaques will not be permitted at the location of the tree. Commemorative plaques must be located on the Memorial Wall.
- The cost of the tree will be borne by the requester.
Dedicated 21 trees approved species list Māori Name Common Name Manatu Ribbonwood Houhere Lacebark Tawhairauriki Mountain Beech Tawhai Silver Beech Tawhairaunui New Zealand Red Beech Ngaio Ngaio Rata Southern Rata Rimu Red Pine Kokukutuku Tree Fuchsia Manuka Tea Tree Kanuka White Tea Tree Totara Totara Miro Miro Matai Black Pine Ti kouka Cabbage Tree Kahikatea White Pine Kowhai Kowhai Horoeka Lancewood Tarata Lemonwood Rewarewa New Zealand Honeysuckle
4. Memorial and Commemorative Register
- All approved requests will be included within the Memorial and Commemorative Register, however approval for additional commemoration (description) will require the approval of the Registrar or the Director, Student and Academic Services.
- The word limit shall be approximately 150 words.
- Submissions may be edited for format, length, duplication of information and typographical errors before inclusion in the Register.
- The Director of Property Services shall ensure that the on-line memorial and commemorative register is regularly updated so that it remains current.
5. Other Memorials
- Requests for memorials other than as described in Clauses 1 to 4 above will be considered on a case by case basis by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with the Director of Property Services and The Director of The Office of Māori Development.
6. Existing Memorials
- All existing memorials present on campus on or before 8 March 2021 shall remain in situ or, with appropriate consultation, be accommodated or relocated in any redevelopment or landscaping of the campus.
7. Approval Authority
The Director, Student and Academic Services has the approval authority for student memorial applications.
The Registrar has the approval authority for staff and all other non-student memorial applications.
8. Application Process
Applicants should make contact with the Property Services Division Group Leader Facilities to discuss applications for memorials in the first instance; firstname.lastname@example.org. The Application Form should be prepared by Property Services Division, Group Leader Facilities in consultation with the applicant. Should an application be approved, Property Services Division Group Leader Facilities will advise the applicant of the decision and arrange for the relevant Memorial.
Contact for further information
If you have any queries regarding the content of this Policy or need further clarification, contact:
Strategic Architect, Campus Development