Bay of Plenty regional coroner Wallace Bain will be one of the speakers at a symposium next week to discuss death, dying, mourning and disposal practices in New Zealand.
Dr Bain will discuss cultural practices surrounding death and the New Coroners Act 2006.
He will make specific reference to two recent case studies involving objections to post-mortems for religious and cultural reasons.
Others will discuss topics including a local study of near-death experiences, hospice services for Chinese immigrants, historical antecedents for fatal child abuse in New Zealand and post-tsunami trauma and grief support in Samoa.
The symposium will be held on November 11, at the University of Waikato, Hamilton.