Customs & Beliefs: Different customs, cultures and religions can be catered for with attention to special needs such as the unveiling of headstones, the appropriate type of cross and RSA plaques.

Where Can A Person Be Buried: Generally in a public cemetery or RSA services personnel in the RSA section of the public cemetery or in Maori burial grounds. In very remote areas it may be possible to make alternative arrangements.

Cremations: There is a greater range of options available regarding the final resting place of ashes nowadays. Ashes may be buried in cemetery plot, memorial garden, even in a family property or in a favourite place.

  • Burial Open or Close

    You may wish to choose burial or cremation depending on your religious beliefs, costs or general preferences. Today burials can be traditional or natural (where the environment is considered and where burials take place in special areas within cemeteries where no headstones can be erected.

    Burials can be organised at any cemetery in an existing grave or a new plot can be purchased. Plots can be for one or two people and the cost for the plot is the same however there is an interment cost, ie. the cost of opening and closing the plot, for each individual buried. Usually with a burial there is a full funeral service with a graveside committal or a graveside service only.

  • Cremation Open or Close

    Cremation means there are options to bury the ashes or to scatter them in favourite place and they can be divided and placed into urns or containers as desired and can be sent overseas if appropriate.

    Cremation provides the choice of a 'memorial service' (similar to funeral service but with ashes rather than a casket) that can be held at a venue such as a church, at a location when ashes are scattered or at a graveside when ashes are buried (interred). This can also be a consideration where Family live overseas and may not be able to return to NZ immediately Cremation caskets are usually more cost effective.

  • What Venue Choices Do I Have? Open or Close

    Churches are still the most popular settings for funeral services and often have reception areas available for family and friends to get together after the service. For families without church affiliations we have churches where services can be held. There are club rooms (sport's club, Club Waimea, the Suburban Club, council halls, rest home facilities, outdoor locations, at home, at a cemetery or a crematorium chapel and we are in the process of completing a chapel for small services within our building complex.

  • Do I Need A Funeral Service? Open or Close

    Is it important? People generally feel 'empty' if they can't say a funeral service is the traditional way of saying goodbye and paying one's respects to one's loved family member or friend.

    There are choices nowadays from traditional full funerals, to personal tribute funerals, graveside services, non religious funerals, memorial services (held after cremation) at a venue of choice (from a church, club rooms, at home or the beach)

  • Do I Need A Newspaper Notice? Open or Close

    Even in this day of facebook and digital social media most people are still advised about a death through the newspaper (physically or digitally). We can place notices in any newspaper including the local newspapers and do not add any additional costs to what they charge.

  • What about Flowers ? Open or Close

    You are able to provide your own flowers, have a relative make a spray or wreath or we can organise this on your behalf. Again we charge you exactly what the florist charges us-our professional services include doing this for you.

  • Can Mourners Make Donations To My Favourite Charity? Open or Close

    Donations can be made at a service to any relevant charity in your memory. A donation box is made available at the service and the funds will be delivered to the nominated charity on the deceased behalf or by family desired.

  • Who Will Lead A Funeral Service For Me? Open or Close

    Basically anyone you wish be it a family member, a friend, clergy or a celebrant. Celebrants will provide a service appropriate for you and your needs and cultural beliefs and this may be secular but can incorporate religious aspects.

  • Sudden Death Open or Close

    If a doctor is unable to determine the cause of death and issue the required documentation, the death will need to be referred to the Coroner. In New Zealand a death is reported to the Coroner by ringing the Police who act as the Coroner's agent.


  • When does the Coroner get involved ? Open or Close

    If the doctor cannot establish the cause of death or is unavailable.
    When the deceased has had no recent consultation with a doctor.
    When a death is sudden and unexpected.
    When death is other than natural causes.
    And in the case of accidental death.
    When sudden death occurs police are informed and they will come to the scene, and arrange for transfer of the deceased to the mortuary by the contracted funeral director. You choose your own funeral director to conduct the funeral.

  • Post Mortem Open or Close
    A post-mortem is performed to reveal information about the cause of death. When completed the funeral director of your choice will arrange the release of the deceased from the Coroner. The Coroner can hold an inquest into any death. This is a formal hearing in a Court of Law with the aim of establishing the cause of death.
  • The Grieving Process for Adults Open or Close

    There are many ways to grieve. There are many aspects of grief including shock, numbness, and relief (especially after a long illness), depression, loneliness or guilt. You may also feel exhausted, cold, tense and/or have trouble sleeping. These are normal responses. If these continue seek help from your doctor.

  • The Grieving Process for Children Open or Close

    The most important thing a parent can do is to talk to their children about grief and give honest answers to their questions. Be factual let them be a part of the funeral arrangements, put their mementoes in the casket such as a letter or a toy. Children need to be able to let go just like adults.

    If you don't know the answers tell them you'll find out and let them know. Don't let children suppress their feelings.

  • Financial Matters Open or Close

    The cost of a funeral depends on what you require and the choices you have made. It is important to obtain a written quote to ensure exactly what you are paying for and to ensure that GST is included.
    Funerals can be paid by the estate of the deceased, the person organising the funeral, W.I.N.Z (through a means-tested limited grant) or ACC may contribute for accidental deaths.

A Planned Funeral is a stress free funeral.

Plan for peace of mind.