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Blog » Review of Burials and Cremation

How kiwis are buried and cremated is regulated by law in New Zealand, but the Law Commission is reviewing the legal framework for burials and cremations. 

The Law Commission has put out an issues paper discussing options for reform.

Some of the recommendations include:

  • open the cemetery sector up to independent providers including those wishing to establish “eco” or “natural” burial grounds or cemeteries that meet the needs of different ethnic groups;
  • make it possible for New Zealanders to be buried on private land such as a family farm;
  • require local authorities to consult more closely with their communities and in particular ethnic groups over the development and management of new and existing cemeteries; and
  • require local authorities to ensure all cemeteries under their control are maintained to a minimum standard and their heritage values adequately protected.

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