daenah-marie tumarae

Funeral Director & Embalmer

The funeral industry has been a desire of mine from the young age of 12.

In February 2018, I studied Funeral Services Level 4 at WelTec in Wellington and completed the course in July 2018.Through my studies at WelTec, I developed the knowledge an understanding of both the funeral directing and embalming roles, with the values and requirements involved.I also gained the experience of identifying the many 'theories of grief' and the different services recommended to bereaved families for financial and grieving support.

In September 2018, I was privileged with the opportunity to participate in the embalming process of my father after he sadly passed away. Being my first time to experience the reality of embalming, I was overwhelmed and content, yet genuinely appreciative to share that special moment with my dad and to be able to fulfill his wish 'for me to embalm him'.

It is an honour to take care of families and assist them through the most challenging time. As a female embalmer, I have a passion for presenting loved ones in an elegant and beautiful manner.

I was born and raised in the Hawke's Bay, and I am of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tuhoe and Ngāpuhi descent. I am a proud single mother to my only child, Zephaniah. Outside of work, I like to explore and enjoy activities with Zephaniah, listen to music, travel, and spend time with my family.