Natural burial may soon be an option in Dunedin.
The Dunedin City Council's community development committee
will today consider a report on a proposed natural burial
site in Waldronville, within the existing Green Park
In natural burials, bodies are not embalmed. They are placed
in untreated and biodegradable caskets within composted soil,
on top of which native trees are planted.
The method has been advocated as a way to bury people without
using chemicals and polluting the environment.
Earlier this year the council called for submissions on a
proposal to establish a natural burial site and associated
natural burial protocols.
The 24 submissions received all supported the option of
natural burial, although some suggested changes to the
Today the council's committee will decide whether to adopt
amended protocols and allow for natural burial at Green Park
Cemetery, as recommended by council staff.
If approved, natural burial will cost the same as traditional
burial, and costs will be reviewed after at least 10 natural
burials or one year.