Post by Kiwi Frontline on Mar 7, 2019 16:09:19 GMT 12
WINZ FUNERAL GRANTS AMOUNTS FORCING PEOPLE TO CREMATE
Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Ministry of Social Development to increase the amount people can obtain through a funeral grant after reports that people are being forced to cremate their lost ones, often against their beliefs, due to the high costs of burials. The current limit of $2058.52 is set by the Ministry and could be adjusted without substantive legislative changes.
“People in poverty whose cultural practices include burials are being made to go through the humiliation of not being able to give their loved ones the send-off they deserve”, says Kathleen Paraha, Auckland Action Against Poverty co-chair.
A welfare system which acknowledges tikanga Māori and honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi would ensure Māori are able to carry out tangihanga how they seem culturally fit......