Even burial rights lead to squabbles
A dispute arises between next-of-kin Penny and Charles regarding who is the appropriate person to make funeral arrangements.
A report by the New Zealand Commission is also considered, which states: "It is expected that the deceased will be buried in their ancestral lands (but) in contemporary times, many Maori live outside of their tribal territories and this can affect the...burial location and...whether burial or cremation is chosen.”
The court hears evidence from David's sister that he never expressed a view regarding his burial place or method of burial.
It then notes David's mother and father have equal ranking in relation to his funeral arrangements.
The judge states he found a decision most difficult but ultimately orders David's remains are to be cremated and the ashes divided equally between Penny and Charles.
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Break-out: "David's mother and father have equal ranking in relation to his funeral arrangements."