Planning & 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 – the Law Society of New Zealand’s website clearly explains the terminology and legal requirements relevant to making a will.
Powers of Attorney – simply written and informative, the Law Society of New Zealand’s website explains the terms of Personal Care & Welfare EPA and Property EPA. Families frequently ask for the definition of these terms.
Advance Care Plan – Advance Care Planning helps you and those involved in your medical care decisions prepare and record your preferred end-of-life care choices.
Citizens Advice Bureau – independent advice on funerals, wills and the law.
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
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.
Grief & 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.
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.