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Coroners Access to Body of Dead Person (Amendment) Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this Bill which amends the Coroners Act 2006 (the Act) to “require” coroners when determining whether a person should be allowed to remain with the tūpāpaku to also consider tikanga Māori and the expectations of other cultures. This Bill strengthens the issues raised during the Māori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into whānau access to and management of Tūpāpaku, which Te Rūnanga have submitted on.

Currently, the Act allows coroners to have the discretion to take cultural considerations into account, but they are not mandatorily required to.  

We welcome your feedback on the proposed amendment which enshrines the importance of recognising and supporting all cultural beliefs in Aotearoa New Zealand, to the extent possible.

Send feedback to by 18 May 2018.

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