Funeral Costs

The ways in which funerals are observed are changing fast. The choices available are many and varied, and there is no right or wrong way to say goodbye. But, as in all things, our choices may be determined by the costs involved.

The total cost of a funeral will vary depending on a number of factors, some of which you can change, and some you can’t – like the price of a burial plot which is dictated by your district or local authority.

*The prices listed below are current as at 10/7/2019 and are subject to change without notice.

Funeral Account Breakdown

Our Fees:

Our fee includes some or all of the following services:

– Taking instructions from the family
– Arranging the service
– Liaising with the Florist, Minister / Celebrant, Organist, Piper, Bugler, Caterer etc.
– Organising newspaper notices
– Booking the Cemetery or Crematorium
– Providing the correct authorities with the Medical Certificate, Cremation Certificates and Burial applications
– Preparing / embalming and dressing
– Use of vehicles such as hearses
– After hour attendance at viewings, service etc
– Chapel and crematorium hire
– Casket
– Slideshow
– Webcast
– Memorial Book
– Service Sheets
– Cremation fee (our chapel)

This fee also covers overheads such as building lease, insurance, health and safety, vehicles, and having our staff available 24 hour a day.

Disbursements:

These are fees that are paid on your behalf. They are charged at cost with no mark up.

– Flowers
– Celebrant fee
– Newspaper Notice
– Organist fee
– Death Certificate
– Catering
– Cremation or Burial fees (NPDC)
– Videographer

A Warning – Fees & Quotes

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A Warning About Professional Fees and Quotes:

Exactly what is included in the Professional Fee will vary slightly between funeral homes. Some may quote a lower professional fee, but then charge separately for things like hearse hire and embalming. When obtaining price information it is always very important to ask “what does that include” and “what doesn’t it include”.

We also encourage families to visit our premises and meet our team to ensure they are comfortable with our facilities and staff

Financial Assistance

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WINZ Funeral Grant

When an adult or child dies, his or her spouse or parent can apply to Work and Income New Zealand for a lump sum contribution towards funeral costs. This grant is means tested and does not cover the full cost of a funeral. We can help you make this application and normally do so on your behalf. The current Funeral Grant is about $2000.00.

Accident Compensation

The ACC has a funeral grant available where the death is the result of an accident. We can assist you in making this application. The current ACC Funeral Grant is about $6000.00. Family members such as dependants may also be eligible for survivors grants and other forms of financial assistance.

Keeping The Costs Down

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There are a number of things families can do to minimise funeral expenses:

Provide Your Own Flowers: These can be picked from your own garden or purchased from the supermarket and hand tied into a bunch. Saving – $90 to $200.

Provide Your Own Catering: Many organisations like bowling clubs and other groups like to help out at these times. Different venues have differing requirements for catering, and may even have a contracted caterer – so it’s best to contact them directly. Saving – $9 to $12 per person.

Print Your Own Service Sheets: Although this can be an arduous and difficult task, some people have the facilities or access to a photocopier and print their own. Saving $3 per copy.

Use Of Own Vehicle: Some families will transfer their loved one themselves, especially if they are going to a marae or family home where the service will be held. Once a person is embalmed and placed in a casket there is no reason why families with access to a large station wagon (Ford / Holden size) or similar vehicle cannot take their loved one home. This is especially cost effective when traveling long distances as it saves on mileage charges.

We have a range of services to suit every budget and need

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Direct Cremation

The simplest farewell. This involves transferring the person directly to our crematorium as soon as possible.

from $2695

– Basic Cremation Casket

– Cremation Fee (The Remembrance Chapel and Crematorium)

– Death Certificate

– Doctor’s Medical Certificate

– Return of Ashes

Any changes to the above will incur extra charges.

Avaliable at additional cost

– Services outside of normal business hours

– Newspaper Notices

– Any mileage outside of our 20km radius (applies to both New Plymouth and Hawera)

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Family Farewell

A small private family farewell that can be held in our hawera chapel, our crematorium chapel or even at home.

from $5800*

– Cornwall Casket (Upgradeable)

– Medical Referee Fee

– Death Certificate

– Doctor’s Medical Certificate

– Viewing during Office hours

– Celebrant

– One short newspaper notice in the Daily News (limited to 10 lines)

*Excludes burial or cremation fees

Public Farewell

Public Farewell

A public farewell catering for 60-80 people.

from $8800*

– Devon Casket

– Medical Referee Fee

– Death Certificate

– Doctor’s Medical Certificate

– Viewing during office hours

– Celebrant Fee

– 80 Service Sheets

– Catering for 70 people

– Slideshow

– Memorial Book

– Casket flowers

– Two newspaper notices in the Daily News (limited to 20 lines)

*Excludes burial or cremation fees

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Platinum Farewell

A large public farewell catering for around 100 people.

from $11500*

– Regal Casket and matching urn

– Medical Referee Fee

– Death Certificate

– Doctor’s Medical Certificate

– Viewing during office hours

– Celebrant fee

– Organist fee

– 100 Service Sheets

– Catering for 100 people

– Slideshow

– Memorial Book

– Casket flowers

– Two newspaper notices in the Daily News

– Webcast

*Excludes burial or cremation fees

Note: Funeral costs can vary greatly depending on individual choices. The prices above are indicative only and final costs may differ greatly. *The Family, Public and Platinum farewells do not include the Burial or Cremation fee.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns about cost or for a free quote