A proposal to stop the scattering of ashes at public places
without Auckland Council permission will have an significant
impact on families, says the Funeral Directors Association.
The council is proposing a bylaw under which permission from
the council is needed to scatter ashes at public places other
than those the council has set aside within cemeteries for
"The impact of this on families is potentially significant,"
said association chief executive Katrina Shanks.
"It will affect the many families who wish to discreetly
deposit the ashes at a favourite place.
"Also Hindu families often wish to to scatter ashes in the
sea within 24 hours of cremation. This would make that
Ms Shanks said the association was seeking clarification from
the council as to how consent would be sought and approved,
and who would monitor and police any breaches.
Many of the proposed changes to replace the cemetery and
crematoria bylaws of the seven former councils by November
2014 were insensitive to the cultural, religious and social
needs of families and were too restrictive, said Ms Shanks.
- By the NZ Herald