On 18 December 2012 the Supreme Court released its decision in Takamore v Clarke. The case is about who has the right to decide where a body is buried. read more
Takamore v Clarke
Court of Appeal  NZCA 587
23 November 2011
James Takamore died in Christchurch in 2007 having lived most of his adult life there without participating actively in the affairs and customs of his iwi, Whakatohea and Ngāi Tūhoe. After he died, his whanaunga came to claim (tono) his body. Before the matter was resolved by discussions, relatives of the deceased took the tūpāpaku to Opotiki where a tangi (funeral) was held nearby and burial took place in a private urupa (cemetery).