Grieving Kapiti families free to scatter ashes without council permission

Kapiti Council will no longer require grieving families to get permission before scattering their loved ones' ashes in public places.

The Council says scattering ashes in public areas could be offensive to some people.

But it has decided today to remove a requirement for families to seek prior council permission. 

Mayor Ross Church says many councillors felt the requirement was an "unnecessary process step for families to navigate".

Funeral Directors Association CEO Katrina Shanks has praised the decision, saying it would have been "inappropriate and intrusive".


"There was no need for any regulation on this issue because there wasn’t a problem that needed fixing," she says.

However, the council will require people to read educational material from funeral directors showing approved locations before they are allowed to scatter ashes.