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Changes to rules around funerals and tangi

Changes to rules around funerals and tangi

Posted March 31, 2020

Media Release: Unite Against COVID-19

The Government has changed the rules to allow people from the same self-isolation bubble as the deceased to go to the funeral home and cemetery with the deceased, provided they are in the same region. Funeral directors can help with specific arrangements, including how to keep your physical distance.

Mass gatherings for funerals and tangi are not permitted while New Zealand is at Alert Level 4.

This applies to all deceased persons, regardless of when and where they died, or the cause of death.

It includes gatherings at burials, cremations, memorial services, open or closed caskets or viewings, funeral wakes, processions or receptions and social gatherings, both indoors and outdoors.

WhyWe must protect people’s health and ensure our health system can look after all people in New Zealand who become sick.

Bereaved families and whānau from all cultures and backgrounds will find this time challenging. This makes it even more important that we show each other kindness and caring, manaakitanga and aroha.

Funeral servicesFuneral directors provide essential services and will continue working during Level 4. They will be able to guide you on the best options for your situation, which may include:livestreaming services on social media, or videoing them for later viewingholding the funeral or tangi after the Alert Level 4 restrictions ease. Bear in mind that we don’t know when that might be, and there might be practical or cultural reasons why this is not an option.holding a memorial service later, when restrictions on gatherings are lifted and it is safe to do so.

Not being able to say goodbye to a loved one, in the way we are used to, will be very challenging.

Call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor.