Bradley grew up in the Bay Of Plenty region, Tauranga being his home town. He Joined the funeral industry upon leaving school where he became an embalmer. Bradley along with his Wife Laura decided to cross the ditch to pursue his career as a funeral director in both Brisbane and North Queensland. After an opportunity arose to take on Gateway Funeral Services, he moved back to New Zealand where he now resides in the Whakatane region.
Brad loves nothing more than a round of golf or spending time with his Wife, friends and family.
Laura calls the Bay Of Plenty home specially Tauranga which is where she grew up. She originally started in the funeral industry in Queensland, Australia working for a Funeral Home there. When her Husband Bradley and his family took on Gateway Funerals in Whakatane she moved home to pursue her career in the Funeral Industry. Laura enjoys helping the Families/Whanau at their sad time and goes to any extent to help them in their time of need.
Laura enjoys spending time with her own family and also enjoys the outdoors.
"Ahakoa he iti he pounamu"
However small your contribution is as valuable as a green stone.
Ko Putauaki te maunga
Ko Ohinemataroa te awa
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Ngati awa te iwi
Ko Taiwhakaea te marae
Ko Ngai Taiwhakaea te hapu
Kia Ora ko Vonnie Waihirere toku ingoa
My Husband is Domino Waihirere, we have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Although I have been fortunate enough to gain formal certified qualifications throughout my working career Kaumatua within their wisdom and virtue have inspired me to sincerely believe that life’s experiences and gathered knowledge are truly an unwritten qualification worthwhile as recognition in what we have to offer. As a reflection of this I bring with me 15 years of experience as an embalmer and funeral director.
I was born and raised in Whakatane.
I trained in Hamilton when I was approached by Gateway Funeral Services to see if my wife Memory and I would move back to Whakatane, I jumped at the chance to return to my birth place to help Whanau in their time of need. I enjoy spending time with my family.
Ko Tainui toku waka
Ko Kapuarangi toku Maunga
Ko Wainui toku Awa
Ko Torerenui-A-Rua toku Tipuna Whare
Ko Manaakiao toku Tipuna
Ko Torere toku Marae
Ko Ngai-tai toku Iwi
Ko Robert Martin toku Ingoa
I have been married 46 years to my wife Mary, who also works for Gateway Funeral services as a celebrant & grief counselor. I enjoy working in the funeral industry because I am able to assist whanau/families in their time of grief. Spending quality time with our three daughters, also family & friends we enjoy fishing, diving & hunting together. In the last 7 years my wife & I have donated our time to raising funds for Child Cancer & St John thru an organization we created called,
“Eyes of the Heart –Whatumanawa”
Funeral Facilitator/ Grief Counsellor
As a Funeral Facilitator the ceremony of celebrating, honouring, & remembering the person’s life in a befitting way I feel is one of the most important parts of the funeral.
With that in mind together with the family I provide a non-religious funeral service.
It is a process of consultation with the family – then the preparation of carefully selecting the most appropriate quotes and poems & making provision for a selection of music which is been specially choose by the family.
Then with compassion sincerely & care I prepare the funeral ceremony.
The most important principle is that the words said express & celebrate the life of the person who has passed and if that person had beliefs and ideals these too will be reflected in the ceremony.
A ceremony which pays a proper tribute to the deceased person that’s 45 minutes to one hour.