According to the Hawke’s Bay Crematorium Committee, normal cremations take about two and a half hours, but bigger coffins require up to three hours more in a furnace.
As the average New Zealander gets larger, the country’s funeral directors are considering charging an additional fee of 200 New Zealand dollars (137 US dollars) for the cremation of oversize caskets.
A report for Hastings District Council suggested an additional fee is required in order to cover increased maintenance, utilities and operating costs.
“If it wasn’t Hastings it would be another local authority who would be doing it and looking at it because that’s the way that the population is going in terms of size,” New Zealand Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective chairperson Shelley Angus told Radio New Zealand.
The country has the third-highest adult obesity rate among the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, after 2016-17’s New Zealand Health Survey found that one in three adults were obese. The survey stated a further 34 percent of adults were overweight.