22 Dec 2011

Burial dispute going back to court

1:04 pm on 22 December 2011

A Bay of Plenty family who stole a relative's body from a Christchurch marae four years ago are seeking to appeal against a decision by the Court of Appeal that their actions were unlawful.

In 2007, James Takamore's family took his body and buried it at a Tuhoe family cemetery.

In November this year, the Court of Appeal declared their actions unlawful and ordered the case back to the High Court to seek a remedy between the two families.

Gary Knight, the solicitor for Mr Takamore's partner, Denise Clarke, says the Bay of Plenty family has now sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

Mr Knight says, on Ms Clarke's behalf, an application is being filed with the High Court for specific orders to exhume Mr Takamore's body, as no response has been received from the Bay of Plenty family since the Court of Appeal decision.