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Phil Turner

Owner & Managing Director

I whakapapa to the Waikato through my father however I was born and raised in Tauranga Moana, now living in beautiful Te Awamutu where my wife Carla and I live with our children. I have worked directly with a wide range of people over the last 5 years within the Funeral Industry and prior to that my 15 years within local government and 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 our amazing team at Simplicity. Helping to guide whanau through a difficult time in dealing with the arrangements for their loved ones, and assisting 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 Papa
Ko Pirongia te Maunga
Ko Waipa te Awa
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Ngati Maniapoto te Iwi
Ko Ngati Hikairo raua ko Ngati Apakura nga Hapu
Ko Purekireki te Marae

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