April 03, 2019
Waterways a food table, not for human ashes
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A Ngāti Whātūa leader says there is no room for compromise on the scattering of human ashes in rivers or coastal waters.
Auckland Council wants to develop protocols around the practice, with some groups such as the Indian community having a clutural preference for scattering ashes on water.
Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish says as far as she's concerned it's an absolute no, it is repugnant to Māori to put any human remains into places used for food gathering and swimming.
"The waterways are a food table. Those who agree to put it on our food table, try putting it on yours and see how repugnant that is. You wouldn't scatter it on your dinner table. Why scatter it in ours," she says.
Dame Rangimarie says people who want to scatter their relative's ashes on water should take them to countries where the practice is acceptable.
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