Leaders mourn cremation law changes

The Auckland Council has proposed to make a number of changes to the bylaws governing Council-owned cemeteries and crematoria. An official notification said that while the Council is obliged to review the existing bylaws by October 31, 2015, its new proposals would become effective from November 1, 2014. Some of the changes would directly affect the Hindu communities since they…

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Bureaucratic ignorance buries community sentiments

Auckland Council recently revealed plans to change its bylaws relating Council-owned cemeteries and crematoria. The Council argued that health and safety of workers and visitors were factors that influenced the need to change the bylaws. The move, coming into effect on November 1, 2014, will have significant impact on the Indian community. It would prevent people from scattering the ashes…

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