From our family to yours, with diginity.

The compassionate funeral directors at Gateway Funeral Services provide individualized funeral services designed to meet the needs of each family. Our staff of dedicated professionals is available to assist you in making funeral service arrangements. From casket choices to funeral flowers, the funeral directors at Gateway Funeral Services will guide you through the aspects of the funeral service.

Our honest service and commitment to excellence have served our customers well, and you can rest assured that we can assist you in your time of need. Whether you have come to our site for information about an upcoming service or to make arrangements for one, we hope the information you find here will be helpful.

The GAteway Story

Gateway funeral Services was originally started in 1991 by the Walker family, A family that wanted to make a difference in the community. Upon opening the original Gateway Funeral Services in Gateway Drive, Whakatane (hence the name), they immediately made an impact in our community. After the loss of Humphrey Walker, Susan Thrupp and Debbie Bluett took over from their father and carried on his legacy in the way he would have wanted it. After many great years in Gateway Drive, the business was becoming too big for the premises and a decision was made that in order to carry on providing the best possible service for our client families that a bigger premises was needed. In 2010 the purchase of the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall on Awatapu drive was a welcome inclusion for Gateway Funeral Services. As the renovations took place it included a large reception area, 130 seat chapel, catering lounge, family room with kitchen, dining and lounge as well as a private viewing room and bathroom. The new and improved Gateway Funeral Services was really taking shape and in 2015, Susan, Debbie and their families decided that there time was up and that a change of ownership was needed. The Shaw family were delighted to take over this well established business in December of 2015 and are still in ownership today.



(07) 308 6102


(07) 308 6103



17 Awatapu Drive, Whakatane



M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm


24 Hour Service

Your Gateway Team


Bradley Shaw


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. 

To contact Bradley email Bradley@gatewayfuneral.co.nz.

Laura Shaw


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.


Amiria Wrathall

Office Administrator

Ko Taranaki toku maunga

Ko Waitara toku awa

Ko Aotea toku waka

Ko Te Atiawa toku iwi

Ko Parahaki raua ko owae na marae

Ko Amiria Wrathall taku ingoa 

Amiria moved to Whakatane when she was 4 years old and has grown up here in sunny Whakatane. She has one child. Amiria has started in the funeral industry to help whanau in their time of need and to honor and celebrate their loved ones life, Amiria enjoys spending time with her whanau and friends along with the great outdoors. 

Nui taku aroha na Amiria Wrathall. 

Vonnie Waihirere


"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 17 years of experience as an embalmer and funeral director.

Hemi Mooney


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.

To contact Hemi email Hemi@gatewayfuneral.co.nz.

Robert Martin

Funeral Assistant

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 counsellor.  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”

Mary Martin

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.

  (From left to right)Robert Martin, Mary Martin, Hemi Mooney, Laura Shaw, Bradley Shaw, Vonnie Waihirere

(From left to right)Robert Martin, Mary Martin, Hemi Mooney, Laura Shaw, Bradley Shaw, Vonnie Waihirere