Here for you when you need us

Experienced staff

When guiding you through the funeral arrangement process, our aim is to alleviate as much of the stress as possible at a time of heightened emotion. The dedicated team at Waikanae Funeral Home have many years of experience and are well-versed in various faiths, cultures and ceremonial traditions. We are constantly reviewing what we are providing and are reinvesting in facilities, product, services and staff training. We take pride in the service we provide to 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 offer customised farewells and can accommodate the traditional customs of all 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, affordable and within your budget. 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.

Waikanae Funeral Home and Kaitawa Crematorium is owned and operated by Propel Funeral Partners, a publically listed company.

Our staff

Richard and Sara Madders

General Managers

Richard and Sara grew up in a small town in Herefordshire, England and emigrated to New Zealand a little over 10 years ago where they spent the majority of that time living and working in Auckland.

Richard qualified as a funeral director while working for Davis Funerals, one of the largest funeral homes in New Zealand. During his time there he took on additional roles such as assistant operations manager and branch manager at their East Auckland branch which led him to being approached for this role.

Sara has a background in logistics and administration and has most recently worked in the agriculture sector. Although this will be Sara’s first foray into the funeral industry, her family back in the UK have their own funeral home so it’s not an altogether foreign concept.

When not at work both Richard and Sara love the outdoors especially walking their little Jack Russell, Alfie, who will quite often be seen dragging them around Waikanae and the local walking tracks. They also enjoy travelling and have been lucky enough to visit many different countries. While the borders are closed they are enjoying re exploring parts of New Zealand in their micro caravan.

They consider themselves extremely fortunate to have been given this opportunity and feel that being able to serve the families of Waikanae and the wider Kāpiti Coast community will be a huge privilege.

Lloyd Dacombe

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Lloyd was raised in Nelson with two brothers and three sisters. He moved to the Kapiti Coast during his college years and now lives here with his wife. He 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 walks. 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 25 years.  Anthea feels very fortunate to have two beautiful daughters and two gorgeous granddaughters.

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.    Anthea was inspired to follow her long time interest in the funeral profession following the death of her father and she feels very privileged to be able to help other families through this trying time in their lives.

Karen Bishop

Office & Accounts Administrator

Karen was born in Christchurch, but has lived on the Kapiti Coast since she was 2 years old. She has been married to Brendan for 22 years, and they have two grown sons.

Karen has spent 23 years in the education sector, working as both a teacher and in management roles. These roles have equipped her with a range of skills and a strong focus on communication.

Karen enjoys spending time with family & friends, reading, exercising and socializing over a good meal.

She feels that it is a privilege to be able to help support families/whanau through this very difficult time.

Kaitawa 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 available. 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.
A feature of 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 bird’s distinctive call is often heard and regularly are seen in flight when in attendance at the crematorium.

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