Death and Dying in New Zealand




We will all die. Yet we don’t talk about death and dying very much. Currently, and for the most part, a small group of people manage death for us behind closed doors. We are increasingly unlikely to know what options are available to us and those we care about. So, how can we prepare well? Are our collective and individual needs being met?

The ways we approach death – as a subject and in our practices – reveal much about our values and how we live. With an increasingly diverse and ageing population, advances in technology and medical care, and the social, economic and environmental challenges facing us, it is important to openly discuss how we plan for death as individuals and as a society. From tangihanga, DIY funerals and new technologies to funeral poverty, this book explores what a good death might mean today and aims to foster honest conversations about death and dying in New Zealand.


Catherine Moore (Auckland Cemeteries Manager)

Erin Harrington (University of Canterbury)

Guy Marriage (architect)

Dr Janine Penfield Winters (palliative care doctor)

Katie Williams (Kiwi Coffin Club)

Kay Paku (funeral director)

Dr Kiri Edge & Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora (University of Waikato)

Lynda Hannah (Natural funeral guide)

Marcus Elliott (coroner)

Melanie Mayell (deathwalker)

Philippa Thompson & Polly Yeung (social workers)

Dr Ruth McManus (University of Canterbury)

Steve Braunias (journalist)

Tricia Hendry (grief expert)

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