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Dental identifications will no longer to be carried out in Taranaki

6 March 2019 Helen Harvey - Stuff

Grieving Taranaki families face travelling to Hamilton or Palmerston North to have their love ones identified under changes to the post-mortem system, a forensic dentist has warned.

Dr David Antunovic, who since 1991 has identified victims of disasters such as the Christchurch earthquake, the Boxing Day tsunami in Phuket and plane and car crashes, said he was recently stood down when the Coroner ruled a body had to be taken from Taranaki to Hamilton.

Last year the Ministry of Justice renewed its pathology contracts, and since September 1, 2018 if a post-mortem is required a body has been taken to Hamilton or Palmerston North for autopsy.

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