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Chapter 14
Cremation

Establishing new crematoria

14.15In Chapter 11, we described the cumbersome approvals processes for establishing crematoria. We described that the two approvals required from the Minister of Health—under the Act to begin construction, and under the Regulations to begin operation—are largely redundant because the only relevant matters for consideration are land use matters rather than health matters. As such, they are better dealt with by local authorities under the Resource Management Act 1991.

14.16Consequently, we consider that the new statute should not require any separate consent for the establishment of crematoria. Local authorities should deal with this through the ordinary planning process.

Recommendation

R75 The statute should not require approval before the construction or use of a new crematorium. Rather, relevant considerations should be addressed through processes under the Resource Management Act 1991.