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.

  1. PUBLIC TRUST

    https://www.publictrust.co.nz/
    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.

  2. DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS – Births, Deaths and Marriages

    https://www.bdmonline.dia.govt.nz/
    Register a death

  3. WORK AND INCOME NEW ZEALAND – WINZ

    https://www.bdmonline.dia.govt.nz/
    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).

  4. ACCIDENT COMPENSATION CORPORATION – ACC

    https://www.acc.co.nz/im-injured/financial-support/financial-support-after-death/
    Death by accident – support for the family
    – Survivor’s grants 
    – Weekly compensation for spouse/partner 
    – Weekly compensation for children
    – Childcare 

  5. VETERANS AFFAIRS

    https://www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz/a-z/funeral-expenses/
    Funeral expenses contribution

  6. MYTROVE (supported by Department of Internal Affairs/Inland Revenue Department)

    https://mytrove.co.nz/
    Finalise tax affairs with Inland Revenue, cancel a passport with the Passports Office

  7. CERTIFICATE SERVICES

    https://certificates.services.govt.nz/certificate-order/certificate-events?type=death-certificate
    Order a Death Certificate

  8. NEW ZEALAND TRANSPORT AGENCY – NZTA

    https://nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/renewing-replacing-and-updating/licence-holder-has-passed-away/
    Cancel the driver’s license of a family member.

  9. MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT – MSD

    https://msdsupport.custhelp.com/app/forms/deceased_person
    When a super annuitant or veteran has died.

    https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/regulatory-impact-statements/living-alone-payment.html
    Living alone payment.

  10. INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT – IRD

    https://www.ird.govt.nz/individuals-and-families
    – Student Loan
    – Child support payer or payee
    – KiwiSaver Account
    – Last tax return to be filed
    – Tax return to be filed for the estate

  11. LAND INFORMATION NEW ZEALAND

    https://www.linz.govt.nz/kb/458
    To transfer a home to the name of the surviving joint owner

  12. MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

    https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/high-court/apply-for-probate-and-get-copy-of-will/
    – Apply for probate
    – Get a copy of a will

  13. TENANCY SERVICES

    https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/rent-bond-and-bills/bond/refunding-bond/
    Refund of their bond money

  14. NEW ZEALAND POLICE

    https://www.police.govt.nz/advice-services/firearms-and-safety
    Disposal of a firearm

  15. 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 hello@honourthem.com if you would like HonourThem to add any further government departments to the above list.

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