About us

Our story

We’ve been helping Aucklanders honour their loved one’s lives for generations

We believe we have one of the most challenging jobs in the world but also one of the most rewarding. With our caring and experienced support, we can help you and your family through this difficult time. At Davis Funerals, we have qualified funeral directors and embalmers and caring for your loved one is handled by us, in-house, the entire way. Demonstrating our commitment to the industry and adherence to the highest standards, we’re proud members of the FDANZ, (The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand), and NZEA, (New Zealand Embalmers Association).

Our history

A family focussed company, Davis Funerals is still managed by the Littles, who have looked after the needs of Auckland families since 1875.

We still operate today with the same level of care and professionalism that we did in the 1950s. Yet now we have all the technology of the modern world to provide complete funeral services

1875
We were just beginning

Our origins lie in the 19th century. In 1875, Cornelius Little establishes a family funeral home in Auckland’s Hobson Street with his son Cuthbert.


Our origins lie in the 19th century. In 1875, Cornelius Little establishes a family funeral home in Auckland’s Hobson Street with his son Cuthbert.

 
1940
A family business

Continuing the family tradition, Cuthbert’s son Cliff becomes the third generation of Littles to join the family business.


Continuing the family tradition, Cuthbert’s son Cliff becomes the third generation of Littles to join the family business.

1950
Davis joins the family

Cliff Little purchases N.C. Davis Funeral Home & Seed Shop, beginning a new era for Davis Funeral Homes.


Cliff Little purchases N.C. Davis Funeral Home & Seed Shop, beginning a new era for Davis Funeral Homes.

1964
Family expansion

Cedric Little, Cliff’s son, joins the business.


Cedric Little, Cliff’s son, joins the business.

1979
Expanding our reach

We open a new funeral home in Pakuranga, East Auckland in the beautiful and historic Tyrone villa.


We open a new funeral home in Pakuranga, East Auckland in the beautiful and historic Tyrone villa.

1988
More family members join

Cedric’s brother Neil joins the business.


Cedric’s brother Neil joins the business.

1990
Improving our facilities

Our original hub at 294 Dominion Road Auckland moves down the road to our new purpose-built chapel and funeral home, Grange Manor.


Our original hub at 294 Dominion Road Auckland moves down the road to our new purpose-built chapel and funeral home, Grange Manor.

1991
The fifth generation

Cedric’s son Craig starts at Davis as a funeral director – the fifth generation of Littles to do so.


Cedric’s son Craig starts at Davis as a funeral director – the fifth generation of Littles to do so.

1998
Going west

We open our new Tuscan winery-inspired chapel and on-site crematorium in Henderson, West Auckland.


We open our new Tuscan winery-inspired chapel and on-site crematorium in Henderson, West Auckland.

2014
Southern expansion

Dianne Troup approaches the Littles to take over Troup funeral home in Papatoetoe, South Auckland as she retires.


Dianne Troup approaches the Littles to take over Troup funeral home in Papatoetoe, South Auckland as she retires.

2016
Serving the Eastern Bays

A new Eastern suburbs funeral home opens in the old vicarage of the Church of St Thomas, Kohimarama, Auckland.


A new Eastern suburbs funeral home opens in the old vicarage of the Church of St Thomas, Kohimarama, Auckland.

2017
Joining Propel Funeral Partners

In May 2017, Davis Funerals became part of the Propel Funeral Partners group. Davis Funerals continues to be led by members of the Little Family. Craig Little in his role as Manager Director and Neil Little, in his role as Non-executive Director. The Little’s, along with the Davis Funerals team continue...

In May 2017, Davis Funerals became part of the Propel Funeral Partners group. Davis Funerals continues to be led by members of the Little Family. Craig Little in his role as Manager Director and Neil Little, in his role as Non-executive Director. The Little’s, along with the Davis Funerals team continue to look after the needs of Auckland families with the same family philosophy and values that they always have.

The Davis group of businesses
We can help families outside Auckland through our Northland-based sister company, Morris & Morris Funerals.
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Morris & Morris

For families in Whangarei and across Northland, Morris & Morris Funerals provide funeral services uniquely tailored to your loved one and delivered with care.

Visit the Morris & Morris website
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Return to Sender

Return to Sender makes a wide range of caskets to suit every budget and style. Their beautiful contemporary caskets are designed with the environment in mind.

Visit the Return to Sender website
Alison Morgan
West Auckland
"I just wanted to say again how much I appreciated your care of Bob and the family at the funeral on Friday. Martin, your care and the way you dealt with us was appreciated. "
Paul Holmes
Mt Eden
"At times of grief it's reassuring to have a great company looking after you, and we really appreciate Davis and in particular your invaluable help Shane – thanks ! "
Ange Foote
"Thanks again Dani for your wonderful support, understanding and efficiency in making it a special send off for dad. "
Ange Foote
"Highly recommend you all, lovely Abigail at reception made me laugh when I needed it after seeing dad for the last time. Dad and I loved to laugh! and mum. Thank you all. "
Lynne Robertson
"Thank you to everyone at Davis Funerals. Wayne’s service was amazing, we had 300 people in the Panmure Yacht Club. So many people commented on the ashes in the scatter tubes and the service sheets."
Sandra Chapman-Smith
"Rachel, I'm so very grateful we found you to organise mum's funeral. You were just perfect. It certainly helps to have someone like you at a time like this. You were made for this job."
Liz Fong
"Thank you for the amazing people you have working at Davis Funeral parlour. I'm so grateful for everything that was done for Keith. I would recommend Davis Funeral parlour to all my Whanau and friends"
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