The Ruapehu District Council (RDC) is asking for photos of people buried in cemeteries, as part of an innovative project that uses 3D mapping and online cemetery records.
They are using drone technology to create 3D maps of cemeteries, providing an online “walk through” experience that allows people to locate and virtually visit a grave site.
“By putting our cemetery records online and linking it with 3D mapping, we are hoping to make searching for Ruapehu cemetery information a more tangible experience, while taking some work pressure off our front counter staff,” he said.
“At this stage, we are just concentrating on getting Manunui Cemetery fully mapped in 3D and tied in with our cemetery records online, before moving on to our other cemeteries.”
Mr Campbell said that anyone who would like to support the project by providing a photo of their relative can call the council on 07 895 8188. Or they can email firstname.lastname@example.org including the name of the person, and, if known, the cemetery plot number.
Alternatively, post can be sent to: GIS Cemetery Project, Ruapehu District Council, Free Post 492, Private Bag 1001, Taumarunui 3946. A return address should be included for the photo.