Our people

We’re all about relationships. Our friendly team of fully trained staff aren’t just focused on delivering a beautiful funeral for your loved one. They’re also your adviser, organiser, administrator and supporter – here to help with every detail to try to remove as much stress as possible for you.

Funeral directing team
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Dani Noyer
Funeral Director
Dani Noyer
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Dani started in the funeral industry in 2017 and instantly knew that funeral directing was her calling. She finds it very special to work alongside families at the most delicate of times. Outside of work, being a mother of 2 keeps her very busy but she still finds time to enjoy her friends and other family as well as watching league and listening to music.
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Irene Morton
Funeral Director
Irene Morton
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Irene started in the funeral industry in 2007, prior to that she worked in travel for 15 years. Irene has been involved in the Auckland District FDANZ for many years in positions of Secretary, Vice Chair and now Chair. Growing up in the country, Irene loves boating and the outdoors but also has interests in reading and genealogy, despite being kept busy by her husband, 4 children and 8 grand children! The three words Irene uses to describe her work are privilege, empathy and compassion. "Everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something, myself included".
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Ayrton Rautenbach
Funeral Director
Ayrton Rautenbach
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Ayrton began his career in South Africa in 2009 after a long family history within the industry. He arrived in New Zealand in October 2019 and joined the Davis team in January 2020. Supporting families and providing the highest level of service every time are two things Ayrton is committed to. Outside of work, Ayrton enjoys golf, rugby, cricket and spending time with his girlfriend Caitlin.
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Shane Dormer
Funeral Director
Shane Dormer
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Shane started in the funeral industry in 1989 as a Funeral Director's Assistant and has worked in Auckland, Whangarei, Nelson and Melbourne. Shane sees it as a privilage to be able to support families at one of their most difficult times and prides himself on making the process as simple as possible. In his spare time, he and his wife are busy travelling across the country and overseas with their 2 teenage sons who race BMX.
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Holly-Anne Lyne
Funeral Director
Holly-Anne Lyne
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Holly has been in the funeral industry since 2013 in both New Zealand and the UK and joined the Davis team in 2019. Holly prides herself on being caring and compassionate with all the families that she looks after. Holly loves animals and spends a huge amount of her spare time fundraising for and supporting the SPCA.
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Michael Powell
Branch Manager/Funeral Director
Michael Powell
Branch Manager/Funeral Director
West Auckland
Following a lengthy and successful career overseas, Mike returned to New Zealand with his wife and young son, choosing to leave the corporate world and finally realise his dream of working in the Funeral Services Industry. "It was a part time job that nearly became a career decades ago, and there has always been a desire to return”. He has a keen eye for detail and a relentless passion to deliver the highest levels of service and support to the families he meets. Mike has an obsession for cars, scuba diving, enjoying the rural lifestyle and spending time with his family.
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Martin Williams
Branch Manager/Funeral Director
Martin Williams
Branch Manager/Funeral Director
South Auckland
Martin joined the funeral industry in 1980 and has worked in many rolls from a locum funeral director to owning his own funeral home for 17 years. Martin joined us in 2018 and is now Branch Manager of Davis Funerals Papatoetoe. Martin also holds a National Certificate in Embalming. Outside of work, Martin is a proud Freemason, rising to the position of Master of the Lodge 3 times. He is currently Chaplain of the Freemasons Lodge Manurewa.
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Rachel Harrison
Funeral Director
Rachel Harrison
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
After experiencing the loss of her grandmother, Rachel was so moved by the level of care shown by the funeral staff she felt called to become part of the industry. She started at Davis as a funeral directors assistant, but soon moved into the funeral director role. Outside of work, Rachel is passionate about reading, the outdoors, friends and family and of course her dog Ryder.
Swee Han Lim
Swee Han Lim
Branch Manager/Funeral Director
Swee Han Lim
Branch Manager/Funeral Director
East Auckland
Originally from Malaysia, Swee Han has been with us since 2015. Before then, he was working in the estate planning industry for 20 years. He found a home at Davis because it represents his core beliefs of integrity, honesty and empathy. He is married to Natalie who is a School Teacher. Between them, they have 3 sons. He has been living in Pakuranga/Howick area since 1996. In his spare time, he enjoys catching up with family and friends, sports, cooking, baking, movies, music and looking after the family’s two dogs and nine cats.
Jacqui Ralph
Jacqui Ralph
Funeral Director
Jacqui Ralph
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Jacqui’s worked for Davis since 2006. When she joined us, she realised that being a Funeral Director was her calling. She finds the honour of assisting families at a time when they are most vulnerable challenging yet rewarding. Having completed her Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2009, she’s proud to be part of this profession in Auckland, where she was born and raised. Jacqui’s other joys include her family, travelling and motorcycling.
Andrew Peterson
Andrew Peterson
Funeral Director
Andrew Peterson
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Andrew’s worked in the funeral industry for seven years, with five of those being at Davis. He thinks the funeral industry is really rewarding and gets real satisfaction from meeting new people and helping them plan the best funeral they can. Andrew credits his upbringing on a Puhoi bull farm with where he gets his love of the outdoors – he enjoys sailing and fishing.
Andy Harley
Andy Harley
Training and Development Manager/Funeral Director
Andy Harley
Training and Development Manager/Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Andy started with Davis in 2008 gained his Funeral Directing Diploma in 2011. Andy then moved into the Operations Manager position for a time and recently, Funeral Director and Training and Development Manager He finds the role both challenging and rewarding and plays a massive part behind the scenes to make sure our families receive the best possible experience every time. Away from work, Andy has 2 sons and 2 granddaughters and has been married over 40 years. He loves getting out on his motorbike and catching up with friends for a flat white along the way.
Kevin Kelleher
Kevin Kelleher
Branch Manager/Funeral Director
Kevin Kelleher
Branch Manager/Funeral Director
Eastern Bays
Kevin started with us in 2008 and graduated with a Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2011. In 2015, he became our Pakuranga Branch manager. For Kevin, funeral directing is a rewarding career which uses his excellent communication skills and attention to detail. He strives to provide a high level of service to families and to make the process of arranging a funeral as easy as possible.
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Elbé Lutting
Receptionist/Graphic Designer
Elbé Lutting
Receptionist/Graphic Designer
South Auckland
Elbè is a recent graduate from Yoobee School of Design. She has a passion for graphic design and helping others. She takes great care in her role when helping families as she knows that the funeral arrangements are an important part of farewelling a loved one. In her spare time Elbè likes to illustrate and play video games
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Karen Senekal
HR Generalist
Karen Senekal
HR Generalist
Central Auckland
Karen grew up in South Africa, moved to New Zealand in 2007 and is proud to be a New Zealand Citizen. She completed her Bachelor of Communication (Communication Management Major and Expressive Arts Minor) at Massey University in 2014 and after an interesting career spanning over a variety of roles and industries, found her passion for HR a few years ago. Karen values people, and it is her aim, alongside managers, to ensure we have an engaged team taking care of families and their loved ones. Outside of work Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young children, BBQs with friends, Netflixing and tries to exercise.
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Rebecca ‘Bex’ Jones
Funeral Director's Assistant
Rebecca ‘Bex’ Jones
Funeral Director's Assistant
Central Auckland
Bex moved all they way from Canterbury to join the Davis team at the end of 2020. She is committed to her role as a Funeral Director's Assistant and admires the type of care that she sees within the industry. Bex is proud to be able to show that care and respect to the families she cares for. Outside of work Bex is a Youth Olympic Archer which keeps her busy most of the time!
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Cory May
Graphic Designer
Cory May
Graphic Designer
Central Auckland
Cory has been a graphic designer for 7 years and recently joined the Davis team. Cory enjoys delivering personalised and carefully created pieces to families. Knowing that she is playing a part in giving them a beautiful lasting memory. In her spare time, Cory enjoys painting and illustrating.
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Daetona Rawiri
Embalmer
Daetona Rawiri
Embalmer
Central Auckland
Daetona was introduced to Davis through a gateway programme at high school. After some work experience he realised that the funeral industry is where he wants to forge a career . Daetona is one of our embalmers but also enjoys the opportunity to support families in their time of need. Outside of work, Daetona has a huge passion for all things car related. He also loves a good cheese burger.
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Gary Roy
Workshop Manager/Embalmer
Gary Roy
Workshop Manager/Embalmer
Central Auckland
Gary has been in the funeral industry for 6 years and joined Davis as Workshop Manager in October 2019. Gary feels it's a privilege to be able to play his part in the funeral process. Hailing from Scotland he can of course play the bagpipes and is also a comic book artist and writer.
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Karen Earl
Marketing Coordinator
Karen Earl
Marketing Coordinator
Central Auckland
Karen joined the Davis team in October 2019, excited to have the opportunity to combine marketing with her long time interest in the funeral industry. Being able to inform families and showcase the services that Davis has to offer is something Karen is proud of. In her spare time Karen enjoys live music as well as spending time with her husband and teenage children.
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Mark O’Brien
Admin Assistant/Graphic Designer
Mark O’Brien
Admin Assistant/Graphic Designer
Central Auckland
Mark recently graduated from the Waikato Institute of Technology, majoring in Illustration and Graphic Design. He loves helping others though using his creative skills to produce an intimate and personalised product that is very sentimental to our families. A passionate Graphic Designer, Mark loves to challenge himself each day to come up with new and innovative ideas.
Maxine Harley
Maxine Harley
Receptionist
Maxine Harley
Receptionist
West Auckland
Maxine joined the Davis team in 2015 after looking for a career change to do something more meaningful. She believes it’s a great privilege to help families put together a fitting tribute to their loved one’s lives. She enjoys making cups of tea for our lovely families and making them feel welcome. Maxine also enjoys hitching a ride on the back of her husband’s motorbike and a decent coffee with friends.
Rod Bradley
Rod Bradley
Cremator Operator
Rod Bradley
Cremator Operator
West Auckland
Joining Davis as a funeral director fulfilled Rod’s calling to the industry. During his career, Rod has worked as our Pakuranga branch manager before becoming the chapel attendant and cremator operator at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium. He’s now returned to look after our Henderson branch crematorium. Rod deems it a privilege to be able to attend, in a dignified and caring manner, to this aspect of the funeral process for families.
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Troy Rehua
Embalmer
Troy Rehua
Embalmer
Central Auckland
Troy was introduced to the funeral industry through a school work experience programme. He joined us in 2012 and since then has held a range of roles. He’s proud of the role the embalmer plays in the funeral service and thinks upholding the dignity of those who pass is of utmost importance. Outside of work, he loves to grab a beer with mates, fishing and spending time at the family farm in Rangiriri.
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Abigail Wood
Receptionist
Abigail Wood
Receptionist
Central Auckland
Abigail has been a member of the Davis Funerals family since 2017, a realisation of a long-held passion for working within the funeral industry. She brings a varied background in caregiving, floristry and administration, giving her excellent people skills and attention to detail. Abigail believes it is important to provide warm and personalised care for every family she engages with. When she’s not working, you’ll find her playing outdoors with her friends and family.
Dale Neil
Dale Neil
Receptionist
Dale Neil
Receptionist
East Auckland
Dale is usually your first point of contact at our Pakuranga branch. Due to her own personal losses and having spent time with terminally ill children and their bereaved parents, she has an understanding and empathy with grieving families. She believes it’s a privilege to be of service to families at such a difficult time. Dale’s weekends are often spent being the team photographer at her grown children’s various sporting and academic events.
Denise Chandler
Denise Chandler
Receptionist
Denise Chandler
Receptionist
Eastern Bays
Denise joined Davis a few years ago after spending 10 years as a full-time mum. Her varied work experience, which mainly involved working with people but also included time spent travelling and living abroad, set her on her career path of helping others in a rewarding and meaningful way. In her spare time, Denise loves going to the gym and using her creative side by painting and visiting galleries.
Chris Jorgensen
Chris Jorgensen
Embalmer
Chris Jorgensen
Embalmer
Central Auckland
Christian undertook work experience in a funeral home during his last year of school. Once his education was complete, he joined the funeral industry for good. When he's not working for Davis, Christian loves to travel. A Brit by birth, he's been a New Zealander since he was 2 years old and is fluent in Kiwi-isms.
Brent Daly
Brent Daly
Handyman
Brent Daly
Handyman
Central Auckland
Brent’s been with us for many years. Even after retiring from funeral directing, he’s still motivated to jump out of bed in the morning and be part of the Davis team. Therefore Brent is now our handyman, working across all of our branches making sure everything is 'ticketyboo'. Outside of Davis, Brent and his family work through the Salvation Army and can be found holidaying in their very special spot in the Coromandel.
Bruce Hendrie
Bruce Hendrie
Funeral Director's Assistant
Bruce Hendrie
Funeral Director's Assistant
Central Auckland
Since 2011, Bruce has been a part of the Davis team. He brings many years’ experience, including time at ANZ bank. An Aucklander born and bred, he gets stuck into a huge range of activities that end in ‘ing’, from gardening, fishing and diving to hiking and hunting.
Leadership team
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Roz Williams
Operations Manager
Roz Williams
Operations Manager
Central Auckland
Roz first became involved in the funeral profession in 1999. In 2001 she and her husband Martin opened their own funeral home in South Auckland where in she gained the National Diploma in Funeral Directing. In 2018 Roz joined the Davis Funerals team. Roz finds helping families at such a challenging time, both fulfilling and rewarding. Outside of work she loves to read and spend time with family and friends.
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Nardus Oelofse
General Manager Marketing and Operations
Nardus Oelofse
General Manager Marketing and Operations
Central Auckland
Having joined us first as a contract Marketing Consultant in December 2017, Nardus quickly developed a love for the service we provide to the families we deal with. In July 2018, he became a full-time member of the Davis leadership team. Nardus has a varied background, including a wealth of business and marketing experience. You’re likely to bump into Nardus at an All Blacks game, or your local art gallery.
Neil Little
Neil Little
Executive Director
Neil Little
Executive Director
Eastern Bays
As a fourth-generation funeral director, it’s in Neil’s blood. Neil began his career in south east London, returning to join the family business in late 1988. Qualifying as an embalmer and funeral director in the 90s, he found a passion in caring for the bereaved as part of the dedicated team at Davis. During his career, he’s given time to the wider industry through the Funeral Directors Association, including time serving as President. Neil’s passions include his family, travel and playing in a band of like-minded mid-life crisis rockers.
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Robert (Bob) Russell
Ambassador/Funeral Specialist
Robert (Bob) Russell
Ambassador/Funeral Specialist
Central Auckland
Bob has been a funeral director for over 40 years and has spent the last 33 years with Davis. It’s always been a very special privilege to Bob to serve our families in their time of need. Outside of work, Bob has been a Justice of the Peace for over 20 years and a Freemason for over 35 years. An animal-lover, he enjoys most sports but particularly rugby and cricket.
John Schipper
John Schipper
Training and Location Manager
John Schipper
Training and Location Manager
Central Auckland
John began his career in the funeral industry in 1981. He has been funeral directing for 37 years; 28 of those have been with Davis. His achievements include becoming the President of the New Zealand Embalmers Association and being the current Chair of the Funeral Service Training Trust of New Zealand. Outside of work, John makes time to travel with his wife and referee football.
Craig Little
Craig Little
Managing Director
Craig Little
Managing Director
Eastern Bays
As Cedric Little’s son, Craig is literally part of the family. For almost 30 years, he’s worked for Davis where his highlights have included attending to two state funerals: for Sir Edmund Hillary and The Right Reverend Sir Paul Reeves. His role as Managing Director is both challenging and rewarding. He enjoys seeing the staff grow into their roles and progress as they gain experience. To relax, Craig travels extensively, sails and walks the family dog, Cricket.
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Amike Malan
Group Financial Manager
Amike Malan
Group Financial Manager
Eastern Bays
Amike moved to New Zealand in 2008, and shortly afterwards completed her tertiary qualification as a Chartered Accountant. As the majority of her work experience was done at a public accounting firm, she decided it was time for a change and joined Davis. She’s kept busy outside work too with her husband, two children and two dogs.
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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