Leave the time consuming arrangements in our hands

Experienced staff

When navigating you through the funeral arrangement process, our aim is to ease the stress and financial strain that can arise. The dedicated team at Waikanae Funeral Home have over 55 years of experience and are well-versed in various faiths and ceremonial traditions. We are constantly reviewing what we are providing and are reinvesting in facilities, product, services and staff training. Trust our funeral memorial service in the Kapiti area to honour the wishes of your loved one and attend to the spiritual needs of your family.

Personalised service

Our experienced staff will provide a personalised service. We will arrange the funeral service with you every step of the way to ensure we meet your wishes. With our own funeral chapel that seats up to 200 people, we can offer customised memorials and can accommodate the traditional customs of different faiths. At Waikanae Funeral Home, we work to make difficult occasions easier for families and their loved ones.

Affordable and respectful services

At Waikanae Funeral Home, we understand the personal and financial heartache that such occasions can cause. Our fully accredited and experienced staff will work with you at this time to help you arrange services that are both meaningful and affordable.We can also advise where financial assistance may be available in certain circumstances such as War Veteran, ACC and Winz funeral grants where applicable. Trust us to walk you through the process.

Our staff

Graeme and Loris Rolston

Managing Directors

Graeme & Loris both born in Levin, Graeme with a joinery background and Loris from a farm and clerical background married and moved to Lower Hutt where they started their family of two daughters and one son. Graeme Joined one of New Zealand’s largest funeral companies as a trainee embalmer and then once qualified gained his funeral directing qualification. He was awarded the Noel McNee Memorial award for the highest practical examination in embalming. Those skills assisted him in being a leading team embalmer caring for those who died in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. In 1996 Loris and Graeme brought their young family to Waikanae and purchased the Waikanae Funeral Home and today lead a vibrant team, providing funerals with excellence to the greater Wellington, Kapiti and Horowhenua regions.

Outside of work they are committed to their community supporting Rotary, community activities, enjoying family, grandchildren and enjoy trekking the tramping trails of New Zealand.

Lloyd Dacombe

Lloyd was raised in Nelson with two brothers and three sisters He moved the Kapiti coast during his collage years and now lives here with his wife and has a daughter and a son who have both left home.

He enjoys music and tramping in the great outdoors with his dog and has conquered several of New Zealand’s great works. He also owns a small sound equipment hire company.

Lloyd has previously worked in several industries including footwear manufacturing, forestry, office equipment repairs and as a whiteware service manager. These have equipped Lloyd with an ability to meeting people’s needs with solutions and have prepared him for the funeral industry and the challenges that families are faced with in time of need.

Lloyd is a qualified Embalmer/Funeral Director who has worked actively in the funeral industry for the last 16 years.

Anthea Walker

Funeral Director, Embalmer

Anthea has lived on the Kapiti Coast since she was a student at Kapiti College.  Shortly after, she met her husband Glen and has now been married for 23 years.  Anthea feels very fortunate to have two beautiful daughters and one gorgeous granddaughter who lives with her.

Anthea enjoys spending time with family and also enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.  She is an avid reader and likes to scout around Op shops for treasures.

A long career as a Bank Manager has given Anthea the experience and skills to be able to relate to people from all walks of life.    Following the death of her father,  Anthea was inspired to follow her long time interest in the funeral profession which is a role that she feels very privileged to have.

Katherine Armstrong

Office Support

Katherine has lived on the Kapiti Coast for the past 40 years after growing up in the Hutt Valley.

Along with her husband and extended family she enjoys the lifestyle our region offers as a keen gardener, walker and Motorhome traveller.

Community involvement has been a big part of Katherine’s life and her involvement in Brass Banding and The Salvation Army are very important to her.

Over the years she has worked in various industries, all very people orientated and working in this role at the Funeral Home is challenging, rewarding and a privilege.

Our crematorium

We have always been proud to be able to care for our client families and their loved ones with our own staff and facilities throughout the entire funeral process.

The installation of our state of the art crematorium facility in the Waikanae Cemetery, Ngarara Rd, Waikanae, surrounded by a native bush setting has allowed us to further improve this service.

Our crematorium equipment has been sourced from Matthews Cremation, Florida, USA. Matthews Cremation is a company with a passion for the environment and a global leader in emission filtration. This cremator is the most up-to date environmentally friendly cremator available that exceeds NZ environmental regulation requirements and since its inception has continually been updated with any new technology. This was important to us, so we have incorporated an eco-friendly urn in which to return ashes to families.

A small chapel with seating for 20 people is available for funeral services.
Within the chapel is an ornate stain glass window picturing a Tui that appeared on the NZ threepence coinage pre-1967.

Because of the native bush surroundings, the Tui and Kereru birds distinctive call is heard and regularly are seen in flight when in attendance at the crematorium.

The crematorium is available for other funeral companies use by request.