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Law Commission Review of the Burial and Cremations Act

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  • Wed 11 Dec ’13, 12:30pm – 2:30pm


Hancock Community House, 77-85 King St, Palmerston North


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Public Consultation Meeting - All welcome!

Lead Commissioner Dr Wayne Mapp from the New Zealand Law Commission will be presenting to the public about our review and submissions process and will be available to answer any questions.

Until faced with the task of arranging a burial or cremation, few of us are likely to be aware of the laws and regulations that control burial and cremation in New Zealand—but these laws eventually affect us all.

Apart from a number of small amendments, the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 has remained substantially unchanged since it was enacted. Many aspects of New Zealand’s burial law reflect even older legislation, dating back to the nineteenth century. This is the first time our burial and cremation law has been systematically reviewed to assess whether it is fit for purpose in modern New Zealand, and whether it meets public expectations. The Law Commission is seeking the public’s views on a package of proposed reforms which could lead to changes in the options available to bereaved New Zealanders.

Among the major issues for public debate are proposals to open the cemetery sector to alternative providers and introduce new land management requirements for cemeteries. Public feedback is also being sought on whether there is a case for stronger controls and accountabilities for the cremation and funeral sectors.

Finally, we are interested in the public’s views about decision making after death, including managing different cultural expectations.

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