Death is inevitable. But for many it remains the last taboo. Modern medicine means we can prolong life like never before. Assisted dying legislation currently before Parliament may mean, in special circumstances, that we can control death like never before.

Health Central’s Death Series explores the health aspects of death and dying in New Zealand. This is the is the last feature of our series.

Ria Earp is currently an adviser to Hospice New Zealand on Māori cultural issues, having served a lengthy career as a senior member of the Ministry of Health in a similar capacity, and as CEO of Mary Potter Hospice.

Ria talks about how she believes that although some aspects of traditional Māori death practice are in decline, in other respects the glass is half full; as she has seen first-hand the positive influence that Māori death customs are having on our society as a whole.


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