reports clunky watches and necklaces of glass beads will be banned, but a simple gold ring will be allowed on the bodies of people cremated at Palmerston North's Kelvin Grove crematorium.

 The city council's planning and strategy committee has relented on some of the items it planned to prohibit from the cremator after being told the list in its draft Cemeteries and Crematorium Bylaw was too generic.

The revised list remains extensive, covering alcohol, glass, motorcycle leathers, wetsuits and other items, to prevent explosions, damage to the equipment or offensive discharges into the air.

But the new rules will allow "rings made entirely of 9 carats or more of gold".

Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand president Gary Taylor said most crematoria had a prohibited items list, and Palmerston North's latest draft included items that good operators should exclude.

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