Government Departments and Legal Documents
When a loved one passes it’s important to let the right people know as soon as you can. The government departments and authorities you’ll need to contact will depend on how the person died, as each situation will be handled differently.
- PUBLIC TRUST
Link to Public Trust
When someone passes away and a will hasn’t been left, it’s called dying ‘intestate’ or intestacy. In this situation, the law determines who will inherit their property and possessions. There is a formal process that must be followed to wind up the estate. Public Trust can help guide you through that process.
- DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS – Births, Deaths and Marriages
Link to Department of Internal Affairs
Register a death
- WORK AND INCOME NEW ZEALAND – WINZ
Link to Work and Income New Zealand
The person applying for a Funeral Grant must be able to provide estate details or other information about the person who has died (including details about any children they are responsible for).
- ACCIDENT COMPENSATION CORPORATION – ACC
Link to Accident Compensation Corporation
Death by accident – support for the family
– Survivor’s grants
– Weekly compensation for spouse/partner
– Weekly compensation for children
- VETERANS AFFAIRS
Link to Veterans Affairs
Funeral expenses contribution
- MYTROVE (supported by Department of Internal Affairs/Inland Revenue Department)
Link to MyTrove
Finalise tax affairs with Inland Revenue, cancel a passport with the Passports Office
- CERTIFICATE SERVICES
Link to Certificate Services
Order a Death Certificate
- NEW ZEALAND TRANSPORT AGENCY – NZTA
Link to New Zealand Transport Agency
Cancel the driver’s license of a family member.
- MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT – MSD
Link to Ministry of Social Development
When a super annuitant or veteran has died.
Link to Ministry of Social Development Living alone payment
Living alone payment.
- INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT – IRD
Link to Inland Revenue Department
– Student Loan
– Child support payer or payee
– KiwiSaver Account
– Last tax return to be filed
– Tax return to be filed for the estate
- LAND INFORMATION NEW ZEALAND
Link to Land Information New Zealand
To transfer a home to the name of the surviving joint owner
- MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
Link to Ministry of Justice
– Apply for probate
– Get a copy of a will
- TENANCY SERVICES
Link to Tenancy Services
Refund of their bond money
- NEW ZEALAND POLICE
Link to New Zealand Police
Disposal of a firearm
- THE FUNERAL PAPERWORK
Your funeral director can run the legal side of your loved one’s passing.
a. Medical Certificate of cause of death (HP4720).
– when placing a death notice on HonourThem, we request to see the Medicate Certificate of cause of death or Medical Certificate of cause of fetal and neonatal death (HP4721).
– a doctor will supply this form and is used when a little one passes within 28 days of birth.
b. Coroners authorisation for release of body (Cor 3)
A coroner is called (by a doctor or ambulance officer) if they are unable to determine the cause of death, or if unexpected.
c. Transfer of charge of body (BDM39)
– If your loved one is in a hospital: You will be able to get the form from the hospital. They will require identification.
– If your loved one is at home: If your loved one is being transferred to a funeral director, a BDM39 is not required.
d. Permission to Cremate
– Completed by an authorised doctor. A different doctor to who has completed the Medicate Certificate of cause of death.
– A crematorium will not accept an Application for Cremation without this “Permission to Cremate Form”.
e. Application to Cremate (for the crematorium)
Your crematorium will have the forms for applying to use their services and facilities. Each crematorium have their own costs.
f. Application to Bury
Your cemetery will have the forms for applying to use their services and facilities. Each cemetery have their own costs. For example: Purewa Cemetery (Auckland) issue a “License of Right to Burial” and is issues under the provisions of the Burial and Cremations Act 1964.
g. Notification of death for registration form (BDM28)
Notification that a person has been buried or cremated must be sent to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages within three days of the burial or cremation.
The government departments and authorities you’ll need to contact are listed above. Please let us know via HonourThemTeam@gmail.com if you would like HonourThem to add any further government departments to the above list.