Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Auckland Bylaw for Cemeteries and Crematoria Concerns

The changes being proposed by Auckland Council in its new Bylaw for Cemeteries and Crematoria raise concerns for Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) funeral directors.

Of concern is that the Council proposes that only an authorised person can fill in a grave. FDANZ funeral directors believe this change will restrict families from being able to fill in the graves of their loved ones. New Zealand is a multi-cultural society, and for many cultures the practice of the family filling in the grave is very important. It is often a traditional and essential part of the whole funeral process and it would be wrong for Council to place restrictions on who can fill in the grave and thereby deny families the choice to do so.

While we acknowledge that the Council must take health and safety issues into consideration, it is essential that health and safety does not override cultural, religious and social needs of the communities and families who make up the diverse population of Auckland.

As an example, I recently assisted a family who decided to fill in the grave. The family had cared for their father at home during his illness, and had been very ‘hands-on’ in their care of him. Filling in his grave was a logical extension of the caring they had been doing during his terminal illness. His teenage children and his workmates all took turns at the arduous work of returning the soil to the grave. Other members of the family stood around chatting and observing the effort everyone was putting into the task. When the grave was completely filled, they left with a sense of having properly completed the funeral and burial for the person they loved. It would be wrong to deny other families this valuable opportunity.

Another concern is in relation to proposed restrictions on the number of people who can be present to see a casket placed in the cremator. This is an essential part of the funeral ceremony for some ethnic and religious communities and Council’s proposed changes will adversely impact on the funeral customs of these communities.

FDANZ funeral directors are also concerned that some Council cemeteries are placing a cap on the number of burials that can be done in any one day, thereby impacting the ability of families to plan and undertake their funeral rituals in a timely way.

We hope the Council will carefully re-consider the impact the proposed bylaw will have on Auckland’s diverse communities.

Kathy Fransham

Chair - Auckland District

The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ)


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

CPAG: Government Spends Over $100K Pursuing Beneficiary

For the past fifteen years, Kathryn, now in her fifties and living alone with chronic ill health on a benefit, has been challenging the decision by the MSD that she has to pay back $117,000. She has no assets or savings and cannot afford to pay for fresh food or therapy that would improve her health. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: National’s Cuts Shave $100K Off KiwiSaver By Retirement

New analysis shows National’s constant cuts to KiwiSaver will reduce the average worker’s retirement savings by $100,000 over their working life, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says... Since coming to office it has made five separate cuts to the scheme." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Transport Operators Switch From SuperGold To AT HOP Cards

Seniors using Auckland’s public transport will need to use their AT HOP cards from today but Auckland Transport has requested its operators to show understanding for those customers yet to complete the switch from SuperGold cards. More>>

ALSO:

Crime Stats: Burglary Up 11.9%

“While burglary rates are still below that of recent years, there has been an increase of more than 10 per cent over the past 12 months, which is of concern to Police and something we are determined to tackle,” says Police Commissioner Mike Bush. More>>

ALSO:

Help: Lifeline Aotearoa Fighting For Survival

Lifeline Aotearoa has announced it only has enough money to run for one more year. By 30 June 2017, all available sustainability reserves and funds from a new mortgage on its Auckland property will be exhausted. More>>

ALSO:

Overseas Investment: Auditor-General To Examine OIO

The Auditor-General is to examine how the Overseas Investment Office collects and manages information following a request from the parliament's finance and expenditure committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English Living In Denial

The working poor have been a direct byproduct of the economic policies in vogue for the past 30 years or more, all over the Western world... That anger was evident in the Brexit vote, and it underlies the support for Donald Trump in the United States. More>>

ALSO:

Final Reading Of Parental Leave Bill: Families With New Babies Victims Of Veto

“For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because the National Government has used its veto – an extreme measure against families,” says the Bill’s sponsor, Labour MP Sue Moroney. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news