April 02, 2019
Cultural ash clash on Auckland beaches
Tāmaki Makaurau iwi want Auckland Council to crack down on the scattering of ashes in public places and waterways.
Mayor Phil Goff says with the increase in cremations, people are looking for suitable places to put the ashes.
That can clash with cultural beliefs of Māori, especially when it comes to the Indian community, where families want to scatter ashes on water as part of Hindu ritual.
He says council needs to bring the groups together to discuss their differences.
"Rather than just regulate and impose something, the desire of council is to get out there, to talk to both groups, to see if some degree of compromise can be found, and that compromise may be about where this is a kaimoana area let's make sure there are no ashes scattered in this area, or if it is a popular bathing beach or whatever," Mr Goff says.
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