Research & Links

Legal Advice

Death, Funerals and Small Estates (PDF) – an excellent guide by the Whitirea Community Law Centre Trust published in 2002.

Making a Will and Estate Administration (PDF) – the Law Society of New Zealand publish an excellent guide which clearly explains the terminology and legal requirements relevant to making a will.

Powers of Attorney (PDF) – another simply written, informative Law Society of New Zealand publication explaining the terms general and enduring Powers of Attorney. Families frequently ask for the definition of these terms.

Independent Agencies

Citizens Advice Bureau – independent advice on funerals, wills and the law.

Government Agencies

Coronial Services of New Zealand – website explaining the services provided by New Zealand Coroners.

Department of Internal Affairs – Births, Deaths and Marriages

  • Before burial or cremation (PDF) – this publication is an excellent guide for those wanting to arrange the entire funeral themselves.

Statistics New Zealand – for stats on Births & Deaths in New Zealand

Work & Income Funeral Grant Factsheet  – how to apply for funeral grant assistance.
Work & Income Funeral Grant Application Form

Accident Compensation Commission (PDF) – guide to getting financial assistance after someone has died as a result of an injury.


Natural Burials – a not for profit organisation formed in 1999 by a group of New Zealanders wanting to create and operate natural cemeteries.

The Good Funeral Guide – the aim of this website is to provide information for those seeking advice on alternatives to the traditional, allowing for a more environmentally considerate final farewell.

Green Funerals – this site is intended to empower families who want to conduct a funeral which has a low impact on the environment.

Grief and wellbeing

Skylight – is based in Newtown and offers a range of services for all age groups to support those affected by life changes;  loss, trauma or grief.

National Association of Loss and Grief –  is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which focuses on issues related to loss and grief.

SANDS – a voluntary, parent-run, non-profit organisation set up to support parents and families who have experienced the death of a baby.

History of Death & Dying in New Zealand

Te Ara | Encyclopedia of New Zealand – a good historical overview of death, dying and funerals in New Zealand.