In New Zealand the law states that before a body is buried or cremated, either a doctor must give a certificate as to the cause of death, or a coroner must make an Order. This is necessary to make sure everyone who dies is identified and the cause of death is established. This helps to ensure that crimes do not go undetected and protects the public interest generally.
For further information on Coronial Services in New Zealand the latest publication guide “When Someone Dies” is available on:
justice.govt.nz/courts/coroners-court/when someone dies – a guide to the Coronial Service of New Zealand