Scattering ashes may require permission

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 this purpose.

"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 problematic."

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

Atoms transformed

Lynden, to an extent I agree about cultural choice. For reasons that may be AngloCatholic, I believe cremated remains are not just any old rubbish. Tapu is a cultural protocol of tangata whenua: New Zealanders. Surely it takes precedence over Asian cultural needs? I have no problem with ritual scatterings on private land or in National Parks. Not downtown, or in urban window boxes, if you don't mind.

Cultural needs reply

I find this to be nothing more than an attempt to regain the lost income from the deceased not opting for a burial plot.

Enviromentally, peoples ashe's would be only a small fraction of the ashes produced by  human's each year.

If "Dispersing atomised human remains in public is disrespecful of Tapu" then if you are Maori don't do it. However, there are many religions and belief structures in NZ. Just because one group of NZers believes something does not mean the rest have to. 

A person's wishes as to how they are treated after death should be the primary concern here and, failing that being known, then their families wishes.

This is only showing respect for the deceased in a way the deceased would want.

Cultural needs

Dispersing atomised human remains in public is disrespecful of Tapu, if not a transgression of it by other cultures. Whose needs are being met here? As I understand it, cremation enables ashes to be kept at home.

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