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RNZ - Funeral Directors help hundreds with COVID level changes
1 March 2021 
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Press Releases

Update on Funerals and Tangihanga
1 March 2021

The Funeral Directors Association has this morning reacted to the announcement of Level 3 for Auckland and Level 2 for the rest of the country for the next 7 days. “Once again, our members are working hard to contact all those families who have funeral arrangements for the next 7 days and helping to support them in their grief which has been exacerbated by this new lockdown.” Said Gary Taylor, President of the Funeral Directors Association. “We know the impact that delaying a meaningful farewell can have on the grieving process and how important it is for families to be able to gather and share memories of a lost loved one.” read more....

 

Good news but not out of the woods yet
18 February 2021

Following its media release on Monday, The Funeral Directors Association has today welcomed the reduction in alert levels and provided an update on discussions with the Ministry of Health over essential health worker status.

“Yesterday’s announcement is great news for grieving families across New Zealand.” said Gary Taylor, President of the Funeral Directors Association, “Our members can now work with families to replan the meaningful farewells that were postponed during the Level 3 and Level 2 lockdowns in the first half of the week.” The Funeral Directors Association estimates that over 200 funerals will need to be replanned across New Zealand as a result of the lockdowns. Read more....

 

Funeral Directors Association reacts to the new lockdown levels
15 February 2021

The Funeral Directors Association has today reacted to the announcement of the Level 3 and Level 2 lockdowns. “The sudden announcement has had an immediate impact upon grieving families” said Gary Taylor President of the Funeral Directors Association.

‘Telling a family that they have to delay the meaningful farewell of their loved one less than 24 hours beforehand is one of the hardest things we have to do” he said.

“Most of this week is already booked with funerals after the short week last week and so a substantial number of families are being hit by this”, Taylor said. Read more.....

Funeral Directors Association endorses Consumer NZ call for review into funeral insurance sales
23 July 2020

The Funeral Directors Association today announced its support for a review of funeral insurance sales practices.

"We know funeral insurance can help offset the costs of a funeral" said Gary Taylor President of the Funeral Directors Association "but it is important to know what you will get back for your premiums".

"It can often be the case that the premiums paid exceed the sum insured and that excess can be substantial" Taylor said. Read more....

 

Funeral Directors Association welcomes the exemption for funerals at Level 2
13 May 2020

The Funeral Directors Association has today welcomed the announcement of an exemption for funerals under Level 2.

“We always knew this was a hard decision for the Government” said Funeral Directors Association President Gary Taylor “and we have continued to work with them to find a solution that meets the needs of families and maintains the hard won gains of the Level 4 and Level 3 lockdowns.” Read more....

 

Funeral Directors Association condemns the Level 2 announcement on funerals and tangi as cruel and without compassion
11 May 2020

The Funeral Directors Association has today condemned the Level 2 announcement of no more than 10 people attending a funeral or tangi under Level 2 as both cruel and without compassion.
Commenting on the Government announcement, Funeral Directors Association President Gary Taylor said “This is a cruel and heartless blow to the thousands of New Zealand families who have lost loved ones and is unjustifiable.” Read more....

 

COVID-19 Grief Resource for bereaved families and whānau
30 March 2020

The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) has today posted on its website a COVID-19 Grief Resource information sheet to support bereaved families, whānau and friends who are extremely distressed that, at this time, no funerals, tangi or farewell gatherings can be held for their loved one. Read more.....

 

Quinquennial Trans-Tasman Funeral Sector Conference
5 March 2020

The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) has today released details of the quinquennial Trans-Tasman Funeral Sector Conference.

The event is held alternately with Australia and taking place in Auckland on 10th & 11th March 2020 when over 270 funeral professionals from the both sides of the Tasman will be in attendance.

“Ever 5 years, New Zealand and Australia hold a joint conference and 2020 is our year.” says FDANZ President Gary Taylor, “Much is happening in the funeral sector right now and so this conference comes at an important time for both nations.” he said. Read more....


Whakaari/White Island Eruption
10 December 2019

“We were shocked to hear the news about the eruption and our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost loved ones or have not been able to contact them” says FDANZ President Gary Taylor. “FDANZ has already started preparations to support those impacted by this terrible tragedy” Taylor said, “Our District Chair has been in touch with local members and we have activated the NZ Funeral Disaster Response Team”. Read more....


Samoa Measles Crisis
5 December 2019

The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) has today released an update on the Samoa Measles Crisis.

“It’s terrible to see the crisis unfolding in Samoa with 60 confirmed deaths, 52 of those being children 4 and under” says FDANZ President Gary Taylor, “and our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones.” Read more....


Take the Time to Talk Awareness Week 8-12 April 2019
8 April 2019

New Zealand’s Take the Time to Talk Awareness Week will be held on 8-12 April, when the funeral profession will be encouraging families throughout New Zealand to share their stories of their loved ones with each other and the wider community to keep their memories alive and support healthy grieving

Funeral homes up and down the country that are members of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) will be distributing leaflets and putting up posters in their communities to promote the idea that sharing stories and planning ahead ensures that when the time comes our funerals are meaningful and have value to those left behind. A meaningful farewell is central to the process of healthy grieving and the wellbeing of our communities. Read more....


Sentencing a reminder to choose funeral home carefully
30 January 2019

The sentencing of the owners of a funeral home that went into liquidation taking with it the deposits of 12 families is a further reminder of the need for people to choose funeral homes carefully, says the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand read more.....