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The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

Audrey Hepburn

The Coroner

New Zealand law requires that a Coroner investigate a death if it was unexpected, violent, had no obvious cause, was suicide, happened while in State custody, or occurred because of a medical operation.

The Coroner confirms the identity of the deceased and their cause of death. The Coroner will then release the deceased into the care of the family, or your Funeral Director, as soon as possible. Often the Coroner’s findings are not released for some time after the deceased has been buried or cremated.

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