News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Family Puts Story Right On Wrong Cremation Story

Family Puts Story Right

This statement has come from the son of the woman identified in a Waikato Times story on Saturday July 19 and subsequently picked up by other media, including the New Zealand Press Association.

The story said, correctly, the family did not know there was a stranger in the casket cremated at a recent funeral. However it incorrectly said a grieving elderly man farewelled his wife. Her husband died nearly 20 years ago.

The son prefers to remain unnamed to honour his mother's memory.

"Some of what the Waikato Times published was incorrect and I do wish to put this right.

"There was no grieving elderly man. My father died nearly 20 years ago and my mother was obviously a widow.

"Yes our family was devastated when Waikato District Health Board told us we farewelled a stranger at my mother's funeral and we understand what the family of the man cremated instead of my mother must have gone through too.

"We thank Waikato DHB for their openness throughout this experience. They have hidden nothing from us and respected our wishes for privacy.

"It is disturbing that someone - not a family member - chose to take this story to the media when we had wanted to honour our mother's memory privately.

"Both families now have the right ashes. My mother was a decent and honest person in her lifetime and she would be upset at what has happened since she died.

"We are concerned the funeral director named in the Waikato Times, who we did contract to handle our mother's funeral and cremation, is denying all knowledge of what happened and is blaming Waikato Hospital."


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: A Bigger Splash - Te Papa Celebrates Twenty Years

Considering the available resources, this is a decidedly hit-and-miss affair, mainly due to some highly questionable curatorial decisions. In their overweening wish to "push boundaries," Charlotte Davy and Megan Tamati-Quennell have made a number of serious miscalculations by ignoring a basic rule - keep it simple. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Smelling the Merchandise - The Death of Stalin

Having satirised British democracy with such devastating effect, Armando Iannucci has now turned his lens on the dangers inherent in Soviet authoritarianism. Every gag is girdled with fear and the bleak humour is so pitch black it could only have been pumped from deep underground. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Creole Stylings of Cécile McLorin Salvant

"You only get a singer like this once in a generation or two," commented Wynton Marsalis, who has repeatedly hired her to front his jazz orchestra and mounted a 25 foot high portrait of her on the exterior of Lincoln Center. “She radiates authority. She has poise, elegance, soul, humour, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth, and grace.” More>>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The King's Singers and Voices New Zealand

To be good at one thing is impressive; to be so versatile across a range of genres is truly exceptional. The latest incarnation of this six-strong male singing group includes Kiwi Christopher Bruerton, and it was a delight to hear him sing the solo on the achingly beautiful My Love Is like a Red, Red Rose. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland