In the more than 14 months since her daughter's death, Anita Terrell has held a memorial for the teen, started a new job and moved house twice.

But the Christchurch mum is still waiting for an inquest into the deaths of her daughter, Burgundy-Rose Brown, 16, and her boyfriend, Dexter Barham, 16, after the car he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle on March 18 last year.

She's among thousands of grieving Kiwis who can't yet close a key chapter on the deaths of their loved ones, as the country's coroners buckle under a backlog of cases