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.

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Michael Powell
Funeral Home Manager
Michael Powell
Funeral Home Manager
Central Auckland
Following a lengthy global corporate career, Mike returned to New Zealand in 2016, and took the opportunity to embark on his second career in Funeral service. Having most recently managed the Davis Central Park Chapel and Crematoria complex, Mike was promoted to the role of Funeral Home Manager in January 2022. Mike considers his current role as Funeral Home Manager an honour; leading the dedicated and talented team at Davis, and ensuring that all times we deliver meaningful service and support to families when it is most needed, as well as ensuring Davis continues its proud support and sponsorship of community programmes and organisations across the greater Auckland area. When away from work, Mike enjoys scuba diving, playing guitar, enjoying the rural lifestyle and spending time with his family.
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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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Dani Noyer
Administration Team Manager/Funeral Director
Dani Noyer
Administration Team Manager/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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Ayrton Rautenbach
Funeral Director/Operations Coordinator
Ayrton Rautenbach
Funeral Director/Operations Coordinator
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 fiance Caitlin.
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Karen Earl
Marketing Manager
Karen Earl
Marketing Manager
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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Kevin Kelleher
Branch Manager - Kohimarama/Funeral Director
Kevin Kelleher
Branch Manager - Kohimarama/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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Martin Williams
Branch Manager - Papatoetoe/Funeral Director
Martin Williams
Branch Manager - Papatoetoe/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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Shane Dormer
Branch Manager - Henderson/Funeral Director
Shane Dormer
Branch Manager - Henderson/Funeral Director
West Auckland
Shane started in the funeral industry in 1989 as a Funeral Director's Assistant and has worked in Auckland, Whangarei, Nelson and Melbourne. Now after 33 years Shane is our Branch Manager at Central Park Drive, Henderson. Shane sees it as a privilege 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, Shane enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 teenage boys as well as keeping fit and working out.
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Swee Han Lim
Branch Manager - Pakuranga/Funeral Director
Swee Han Lim
Branch Manager - Pakuranga/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.
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Fiona Sykes
Funeral Director
Fiona Sykes
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Fiona has been a funeral director since 2010 and joined the team at Davis in 2021. What Fiona really enjoys about being a funeral director is the opportunity to work with families in grief and help them to navigate their way through a difficult time. Outside of work Fiona loves spending time with her husband and 3 children as well as food, travelling, skiing, walking and yoga.
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Aaron Gray
Funeral Director/Embalmer
Aaron Gray
Funeral Director/Embalmer
Central Auckland
Aaron has been a funeral director and embalmer for over 25 years. He's worked in New Zealand and overseas and in both family and corporate owned businesses. For Aaron, his work is all about making a painful experience a little easier. Outside of work Aaron enjoys music and family holidays.
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Gemma Song
Funeral Director
Gemma Song
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Gemma is originally from Beijing and moved to New Zealand in 2018. Having lost her family, Gemma is able to empathise and understand the emotions that families are going through when they are with us. In her spare time she loves playing with her cat and doing puzzles.
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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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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.
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John Schipper
Funeral Director/Training & Location Manager
John Schipper
Funeral Director/Training & Location Manager
Central Auckland
John began his career in the funeral industry in 1981. He has been funeral directing for 40 years; 31 of those have been with Davis. His achievements include becoming the President of the New Zealand Embalmers Association and being the past Chair of the Funeral Service Training Trust of New Zealand. John is also a Justice of the Peace. Outside of work, John makes time to travel with his wife and enjoys football, motor racing and restoring his 1978 Porche 911.
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Rachel Harrison
Funeral Director
Rachel Harrison
Funeral Director
West 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.
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Troy Rehua
Funeral Director/Embalmer
Troy Rehua
Funeral Director/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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Andrea Alston
Funeral Director
Andrea Alston
Funeral Director
Central Auckland
Andrea has been involved in a number of varied roles throughout the years from being a mum to three amazing teenagers to town planning, living in London and working in the financial sector to establishing her own baking business. Andrea thrives on the interaction you get when helping people. She has always gained great satisfaction in being involved with events and giving back to the community. After losing her father she saw the importance of having the right person to help manage and navigate through a challenging and, if done well, a rewarding time. This was the catalyst for her move into the funeral industry.
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Andrew McMillan
Funeral Director's Assistant
Andrew McMillan
Funeral Director's Assistant
Central Auckland
Andrew is a qualified mechanic and worked as one for 10 years before joining the Davis Team. Drawn to the funeral industry whilst still at school, he was advised to gain some life experience before entering it. After doing so, Andrew is now very much enjoying his work with us, helping families during what can be a difficult time. In his spare time, Andrew is either out on his motorbike, building project bikes or model war ships.
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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 of 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.
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Susan Kelly
Funeral Director's Assistant
Susan Kelly
Funeral Director's Assistant
Central Auckland
Susan had wanted to move into the funeral industry for many years. Seeing how emotional and involved arranging a funeral can be when helping arrange her mother's funeral, then experiencing the care, empathy and professionalism from the funeral director, she knew this was where she wanted to be. Working as a Funeral Director's Assistant, she has found a passion for caring for the deceased Susan is a Mum to one energetic young boy, a qualified veterinary nurse and has a long history in hospitality and customer service. Any spare time is spent gardening, spending time with friends and family and horse riding.
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Dale Neil
Receptionist - Pakuranga
Dale Neil
Receptionist - Pakuranga
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.
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Denise Chandler
Receptionist - Kohimarama
Denise Chandler
Receptionist - Kohimarama
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. You will find Denise as your first point of contact at our Kohimarama branch. In her spare time, Denise loves going to the gym and using her creative side by painting and visiting galleries.
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Elbé Lutting
Receptionist - Papatoetoe/Graphic Designer
Elbé Lutting
Receptionist - Papatoetoe/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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Joanne Vardy
Receptionist - Henderson
Joanne Vardy
Receptionist - Henderson
West Auckland
Jo came to Davis from a background in property and healthcare. Her interest in the funeral industry came form the opportunity to be able to assist & support families & give comfort whether its over the phone or at the front desk. This is something that Jo finds very rewarding. You'll find her as the first point of contact at our Henderson branch. Jo's Interests outside of work are family, friends, travelling and her two staffy pups Indi & Axl .
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Tara Lane
Receptionist - Mt Eden
Tara Lane
Receptionist - Mt Eden
Central Auckland
Tara joined the team after moving to Auckland in early 2022. She holds down the reception desk during weekends, believing a high standard of support should be available to families any day of the week. Tara enjoys getting to know families and their stories through the treasured memories they share. Tara is kept busy throughout the week studying towards an Honours degree in biomedical sciences.
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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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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.
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Rebecca ‘Bex’ Jones
Embalmer
Rebecca ‘Bex’ Jones
Embalmer
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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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.
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Gary Roy
Embalmer
Gary Roy
Embalmer
Central Auckland
Gary has been in the funeral industry for 8 years and joined Davis as Workshop Manager in October 2019, moving to the embalmer role in April of 2022. 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 though he doesn't have much spare time being a father to 3 boys.
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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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Brent Daly
Funeral Home Caretaker
Brent Daly
Funeral Home Caretaker
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 caretaker, 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.
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. "
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."
Belinda Manthel
"Rachel, You did a great job organising everything for Johns funeral, the service was just perfect . You must be a very special person to work there and calmly speak to people when they’re in need."
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"
Melanie Harvey
"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for making Betty’s funeral so kind, warm and special. You made what is a sad occasion better in every possible way. I cannot thank you enough."
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