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Coffins on stands on shelves ranging from adark carverd version to bright aqua

Coffins at Waitakere Funerals Service Auckland Photo: (RNZ /Shannon Haunui-Thompson )

The funeral industry is about to boom.

About 30,000 New Zealanders die every year, and over the next 4 decades as the population ages and Auckland's grows at a rapid rate, that number will double.

Radio New Zealand reporter Teresa Cowie goes behind the scenes of the industry to find out how it's preparing for a huge number of customers, with hugely different needs.

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