It is one of the simplest and most organised ways to ensure your funeral wishes are carried out.

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Would you like to pre-arrange and/or pre-pay a funeral?

The following information has been designed to help you through this process. The team at Howard & Gannon Funerals are here to reassure, advise and assist you every step of the way.

You may contact us on 06 8451234 to arrange a convenient time for one of our experienced funeral directors to visit you in the comfort of your home, or in our meeting room for an appointment for an obligation-free discussion.

Planning ahead


What are the benefits?

Planning ahead is simple to arrange and relieves your family of much of the emotional stress at the time of your passing.

It will ensure that your personal wishes regarding your own funeral are documented, respected and followed.

A pre-paid funeral contribution can help relieve you family of the financial stress of funeral expenses.

A pre-paid funeral trust allows you to set money aside in a specially created trust, so money is immediately available to go towards your funeral expenses. Your investment is held by either The Funeral Trust (Funeral Directors Association Of New Zealand) or the Public Trust, providing security for your funds, and freedom of choice should you choose to live elsewhere.

Investments up to $10,000 are exempt from the asset test for a care home subsidy.

Interest accumulated is tax-paid and does not affect any pension or superannuation you receive.




Pre-payments are not held by Howard & Gannon Funerals, but by The Funeral Trust (Funeral Directors Association Of New Zealand) or the Public Trust.

Please note that you can simply pre-plan your funeral, without any obligation to arrange pre-payment, so you can be assured your family is aware of what you have planned.

Your instructions can be changed at any time, just come into the office, 230 Gloucester Street, Taradale, or give us a call on 06 8451234.

Professional and friendly advice is only a phone call away.


Request Our Free Helpful Funeral Guide

Pre-plan your funeral with Howard and Gannon Funerals Limited. We can send you our pre-planning form and helpful funeral guide via the post.

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