Bereavement/Tangihanga Leave

Bereavement leave on full pay will be granted to you, as appropriate, to enable you to meet any obligations and/or to pay your respects to a deceased person with whom you have had a close association. These obligations will exist because of blood or family ties or because of particular cultural requirements, such as attendance at all or part of a Tangihanga (or its equivalent). This will include leave to attend hura kohatu (unveilings), kawe mate (re-enactment of Tangihanga), memorial services or maumaharatanga.

Bereavement leave - how do I apply?

Bereavement leave is applied for via MyHR prior to the commencement date if possible, otherwise as soon as you return from leave. In any event approval of bereavement leave must be obtained prior to commencement, even if only verbal.

Approval process for bereavement leave

In granting bereavement leave, managers will treat the request in a culturally sensitive manner and will take into account:

  • The closeness of the association with the deceased. This need not be a blood relationship
  • Whether the staff member has to take significant responsibility for any or all of the arrangements to do with the ceremony
  • The amount of time needed to discharge any responsibilities or obligations
  • Reasonable travelling time should be allowed, for cases involving overseas travel this may not be the full period of travel

If paid bereavement leave is not appropriate, then annual leave or leave without pay may be granted.

If the bereavement occurs while you are already absent on another type of leave such as annual leave, sick leave with pay or other special leave with pay, then this leave may be interrupted and bereavement leave granted. This provision will not apply if you are on any type of leave without pay.

The legislative entitlements are; after six months of continuous employment an employee becomes entitled to this leave. The entitlement is up to three days in the event of death of an immediate family member and one day in the event of death for outside family member.

Managers should talk to their HR Advisor if they have any questions in relation to practices at Massey.

As a guideline more details are contained within the employment relations bereavement factsheet on the Department of Labour website.

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