I whakapapa to the Waikato through my father however I was born and raised in Tauranga and now living in beautiful Te Awamutu where my wife Carla and I live with our children and also own and run another funeral business called Melrose Funeral Home. I have worked directly with a wide range of people from all walks of life over the last 15 years as part of my work within local government as well as my involvement in the community through our other businesses. It has enabled me to form relationships with businesses, key stakeholders, Kaumatua, Tangata Whenua and Marae. Experience has given me the skills and knowledge to offer understanding and guidance while respecting all different cultural and religious values. Expertise in people management, navigating problems and finding solutions.
I feel very humbled and privileged by the opportunity to be part of the amazing team at Simplicity. Helping to guide families through a difficult time in dealing with the arrangements for their loved ones, and assisting whanau in following the protocols and beliefs of their respective Marae, Hapu and Iwi.
My goal within Simplicity is to continue to provide a personalised professional service and a relaxed and culturally safe environment for whanau that allows them to be involved as much as possible and to encourage whanau to pre plan funerals to help eliminate pressures and stresses associated during these precious final moments with loved ones.
"He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, He tangata, He tangata"
(What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people)
I te taha o toku Mama
Ko Tauranga te Moana
Ko Takitimu te Waka
Ko Ngati Ranginui te Iwi
Ngai Tamarawaho raua
Ko Pirirakau nga hapu
Ko Huria raua ko Paparoa nga Marae