Burial and Cremation Act 1964

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46C Certificate of cause of death in relation to accidents to persons aged 70 years or more


This section applies if a person of or over the age of 70 years dies (the deceased) and, in the opinion of a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner,—


the death was caused by injuries, or injuries contributed substantially to it; and


the injuries were caused by an accident; and


the injuries, the accident, or both arose principally by virtue of infirmities that were attributes of the deceased’s age; and


the accident was not suspicious or unusual; and


the accident was not caused by an act or omission of any other person; and


except to the extent that the death involved injury by accident, it was not violent, unnatural, or in some way a death in respect of which the Coroners Act 2006 requires an inquiry to be conducted.


A medical practitioner or nurse practitioner may give a certificate of cause of death for the deceased.


Subsection (2) applies even though the death may have been reported to the New Zealand Police under section 14 of the Coroners Act 2006.


However, if the medical practitioner or nurse practitioner is aware that the death has been reported to a coroner under section 15(2) of the Coroners Act 2006, the practitioner must not give a certificate of cause of death under subsection (2) without first obtaining the agreement of the designated coroner.

Section 46C: replaced, on 31 January 2018, by section 8 of the Burial and Cremation Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 74).