The Public Trust has met with the family of a New Plymouth man whose dying wish was not carried out.

Jonathan Fowler, 27, wrote in his will that he wanted his tattoos preserved for posterity following his death in December, but his family was not notified of the request and his body was cremated, the Taranaki Daily News reported.

The cystic fibrosis sufferer and double lung transplant patient had a collection of tattoos which included a Playboy bunny, Aries and Taurus signs and a DB Export beer logo.

Public Trust western regional manager Kevin Nicholson told the newspaper he met with the family last night and apologised.

He said a full review of Public Trust's systems would be done.

Mr Fowler's mother Julie said she was unimpressed by how the organisation had responded and questioned why an investigation was needed.

- NZPA