Law to make Māori death protocols recognised tabled
Andrew Little introduced proposed law changes to recognise Māori protocols when dealing with the body of a Māori deceased person.
The Māori Death Protocols Bill had its first reading in parliament on Tuesday night.
The bill requires coroners to consider Māori cultural protocols when determining who can view, touch or remain near the body of deceased.
The changes have emerged from a Māori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the issue.