About Us

Janine Howard

Funeral Director [Dip. FD, Dip. Emb, MNZEA]

My parents and I moved to Napier in 1974. I attended Greenmeadows Primary School, Tamatea Intermediate, concluding with Sacred Heart Catholic Girls College. Upon leaving school I became a hairdresser.

I had a very positive 'funeral experience' at the time my Grandmother died, and felt compelled (through that experience) to enter this industry, which I did in 1994. Over the ensuing years I obtained my industry qualifications (which I have recently upgraded) to the National Diploma in Funeral Directing and the National Diploma in Embalming. I look back and think about the eighteen years I have spent in this role and cannot help but feel that it is still an absolute honour and privilege to help families through this often difficult process.

Along with my qualifications, I credit integrity, empathy, attention to detail, and a genuine desire to help people through the grieving process as being the main skills I bring to my work. I feel it is my responsibility to ensure people's loved ones are treated with dignity and respect.

I have two boys, Tayler and Wilson and am married to Nic Howard. Together we enjoy the family time we spend with the boys, their respective partners and the most recent addition to our family, our grandson Bryson. We also revel in being surrounded by the 'menagerie' we have at our home — a few sheep, chickens and a plethora of dogs and cats (never a dull moment really)!

Ross Gannon

Funeral Director

I am a true Taradale local having attended Taradale Kindy, Primary, Intermediate and High Schools. I have enjoyed being part of various sporting and musical endeavours and my diverse interests and experiences enable me to connect and relate to a wide variety of people.

After graduating from Wellington School of Design I became a professional photographer. I have traveled extensively overseas and lived in various parts of New Zealand but returned home to Napier to raise my family. I am married to Ally and have three grown up daughters, Ruby and twins, Ella and Georgia.

Following the loss of my dad, mum and sister-in-law I became acutely aware of the importance of receiving compassionate, professional care from funeral directors. I believed I could make a positive difference for people and decided to change professions to become a funeral director. This is a decision I am glad I made, as I believe it is an honour to care for a loved one and a privilege to support a family through such a personal and emotional time.

When time allows, I enjoy playing football, cycling, fishing and restoring old cars and relax by listening to, and playing music.