Our business is all about relationships. Our friendly team of fully trained staff share our drive to provide more than just an excellent level of funeral service. The long lasting connections and bonds we form with families and individuals is what provides the real satisfaction in the services we offer.

Gary Taylor
I began my career in the funeral profession in 1982.
General Manager, Qualified Embalmer, MBIE
I began my career in the funeral profession in 1982 in the UK for a large funeral company called Francis Chappell & Son in Orpington, Kent. Having completed my training programme after about two and a half years I was promoted to Assistant Manager of the head office branch of Francis Chappell & Son at Orpington. I have also worked for a number of other funeral directors, both large and small in the UK. In 2004 I moved to NZ with my Kiwi-born partner, Teresa, and her two children. I worked part time for Lloyd Morris, the owner and Managing Director of Morris & Morris Ltd, up until he sold the business in November 2006 to Davis Funeral Services Auckland. I was lucky enough to be asked to take on the General Manager's job by the Directors of Davis Funeral Services and continue to enjoy the challenges and rewards that the job brings.
(09) 437 5799
gary@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Gary Taylor
General Manager
I began my career in the funeral profession in 1982.
General Manager, Qualified Embalmer, MBIE
I began my career in the funeral profession in 1982 in the UK for a large funeral company called Francis Chappell & Son in Orpington, Kent. Having completed my training programme after about two and a half years I was promoted to Assistant Manager of the head office branch of Francis Chappell & Son at Orpington. I have also worked for a number of other funeral directors, both large and small in the UK. In 2004 I moved to NZ with my Kiwi-born partner, Teresa, and her two children. I worked part time for Lloyd Morris, the owner and Managing Director of Morris & Morris Ltd, up until he sold the business in November 2006 to Davis Funeral Services Auckland. I was lucky enough to be asked to take on the General Manager's job by the Directors of Davis Funeral Services and continue to enjoy the challenges and rewards that the job brings.
(09) 437 5799
gary@morrisandmorris.co.nz
Paul Tattersall
Born and educated in Whangarei, I began my career at Morris and Morris in February 2002.
Operations Manager, Qualified Embalmer Dip.Emb MNZEA
Born and educated in Whangarei, I began my career at Morris and Morris in 2002 after having had an interest in the funeral profession for a number of years. At the time I was working as a Merchandiser in Whangarei and was fortunate to be offered a full-time position as a trainee Embalmer/Funeral Director. In the years that have followed I have trained in many aspects of the profession and have been called upon to use my embalming skills for disaster response here in New Zealand. I now spend my time overseeing the day to day logistics and operational duties here at Morris and Morris. I am a qualified Embalmer, hold the National Diploma in Embalming and a current practicing certificate issued by the New Zealand Embalmers Association.
(09) 437 5799
pault@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Paul Tattersall
Operations Manager
Born and educated in Whangarei, I began my career at Morris and Morris in February 2002.
Operations Manager, Qualified Embalmer Dip.Emb MNZEA
Born and educated in Whangarei, I began my career at Morris and Morris in 2002 after having had an interest in the funeral profession for a number of years. At the time I was working as a Merchandiser in Whangarei and was fortunate to be offered a full-time position as a trainee Embalmer/Funeral Director. In the years that have followed I have trained in many aspects of the profession and have been called upon to use my embalming skills for disaster response here in New Zealand. I now spend my time overseeing the day to day logistics and operational duties here at Morris and Morris. I am a qualified Embalmer, hold the National Diploma in Embalming and a current practicing certificate issued by the New Zealand Embalmers Association.
(09) 437 5799
pault@morrisandmorris.co.nz
Anthea Baxter
Registered Funeral Director
I have been involved in the funeral profession since 1994.
Qualified Embalmer, MNZEA
I have been involved in the funeral profession since 1994, firstly working on a voluntary basis then becoming fully employed in 1996. I completed the embalming qualification in 1999 and have extensive experience in this field. I moved to Whangarei with my daughter in 2009 to enjoy the lifestyle Northland has to offer. I still enjoy being able to help families by looking after their loved ones, and the trust they place in us means a lot...
(09) 437 5799
anthea@morrisandmorris.co.nz
Anthea Baxter
I have been involved in the funeral profession since 1994.
Qualified Embalmer, MNZEA
I have been involved in the funeral profession since 1994, firstly working on a voluntary basis then becoming fully employed in 1996. I completed the embalming qualification in 1999 and have extensive experience in this field. I moved to Whangarei with my daughter in 2009 to enjoy the lifestyle Northland has to offer. I still enjoy being able to help families by looking after their loved ones, and the trust they place in us means a lot...
(09) 437 5799
anthea@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Paul Harrison
Registered Funeral Director
I grew up in Wellsford and was educated in Auckland.
Qualified Funeral Director, Dip. FD (UK)
I grew up in Wellsford and was educated in Auckland. I am married to Jacqueline and we have three, now adult, children who have all left home. My interests are family, genealogy, growing and showing roses, cricket and travel. I joined the funeral profession in 1990 after a career in banking and gained my Diploma in Funeral Directing from the UK in 1993. I still get immense satisfaction from my career and look forward to meeting and assisting families in a practical way during what can be the hardest times in their lives.
(09) 437 5799
paulh@morrisandmorris.co.nz
Paul Harrison
I grew up in Wellsford and was educated in Auckland.
Qualified Funeral Director, Dip. FD (UK)
I grew up in Wellsford and was educated in Auckland. I am married to Jacqueline and we have three, now adult, children who have all left home. My interests are family, genealogy, growing and showing roses, cricket and travel. I joined the funeral profession in 1990 after a career in banking and gained my Diploma in Funeral Directing from the UK in 1993. I still get immense satisfaction from my career and look forward to meeting and assisting families in a practical way during what can be the hardest times in their lives.
(09) 437 5799
paulh@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Jerry Brittenden
Born in Wellington in 1951 I entered the funeral profession in 1969 in my home town of Wellington.
Qualified Embalmer, MBIE, MNZEA
Born in Wellington in 1951 I entered the funeral profession in 1969 in my home town of Wellington. I later moved to Dargaville to work in a small family funeral business for a time. I then left the funeral profession to take up a job with an aerial topdressing company as a driver. I married Kay in 1980 and shifted to Whangarei and commenced work with Morris and Morris in 1982 as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. By 1994 I had completed my embalming qualifications with the British Institute of Embalmers. We have two children Leanne and Carl, four grandchildren and a dog named Elmo. Both Kay and I love to travel and thoroughly enjoyed our last tour through Europe and the UK. In my spare time I enjoy socializing with friends and a bit of gardening, but not too much!
(09) 437 5799
jerry@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Jerry Brittenden
Registered Funeral Director
Born in Wellington in 1951 I entered the funeral profession in 1969 in my home town of Wellington.
Qualified Embalmer, MBIE, MNZEA
Born in Wellington in 1951 I entered the funeral profession in 1969 in my home town of Wellington. I later moved to Dargaville to work in a small family funeral business for a time. I then left the funeral profession to take up a job with an aerial topdressing company as a driver. I married Kay in 1980 and shifted to Whangarei and commenced work with Morris and Morris in 1982 as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. By 1994 I had completed my embalming qualifications with the British Institute of Embalmers. We have two children Leanne and Carl, four grandchildren and a dog named Elmo. Both Kay and I love to travel and thoroughly enjoyed our last tour through Europe and the UK. In my spare time I enjoy socializing with friends and a bit of gardening, but not too much!
(09) 437 5799
jerry@morrisandmorris.co.nz
Dale Edwardson
After moving to Northland over 20 years ago from Dunedin, I have spent most of my time in Whangarei.
Registered Funeral Director, Nat Cert FD
After moving to Northland over 20 years ago from Dunedin, I have spent most of my time living in the Whangarei area. My first full time job was working at the Whangarei Base Hospital as a medical nurse. During this time I met my wife Angie who now works for the local health care provider. We have two sons; Cole and Brandon. Over the summer period we spend most of our time camping at the local beaches. We value our family time and also spend a lot of time with our extended family. I joined the Morris & Morris team in 2001 and have worked full time at Morris & Morris since then. I am a qualified Funeral Director and hold the National Certificate in Funeral Directing, issued by the NZQA. I also hold a practising certificate issued by the FDANZ (Funeral Directors Association of NZ) which is renewable every three years on production of evidence of my ongoing professional development.
(09) 437 5799
dale@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Dale Edwardson
Registered Funeral Director
After moving to Northland over 20 years ago from Dunedin, I have spent most of my time in Whangarei.
Registered Funeral Director, Nat Cert FD
After moving to Northland over 20 years ago from Dunedin, I have spent most of my time living in the Whangarei area. My first full time job was working at the Whangarei Base Hospital as a medical nurse. During this time I met my wife Angie who now works for the local health care provider. We have two sons; Cole and Brandon. Over the summer period we spend most of our time camping at the local beaches. We value our family time and also spend a lot of time with our extended family. I joined the Morris & Morris team in 2001 and have worked full time at Morris & Morris since then. I am a qualified Funeral Director and hold the National Certificate in Funeral Directing, issued by the NZQA. I also hold a practising certificate issued by the FDANZ (Funeral Directors Association of NZ) which is renewable every three years on production of evidence of my ongoing professional development.
(09) 437 5799
dale@morrisandmorris.co.nz
John Gwillim
Registered Funeral Director
I was born in Auckland and have had a diverse career.
Funeral Director.
I was born in Auckland and have had a diverse career.I first trained as a Chef at the then Auckland Technical Institute in the late 70s. After 10 years in that profession and travelling overseas, I then trained as an Audio and Video Producer in Melbourne Australia. After returning to NZ, I worked for TVNZ as a news cameraman in Northland before working for the Ministry of Education in Wellington making audio and video programmes for schools. After moving back to Whangarei in 2002 with my wife Tanya and children Hannah and Jack, I started a small video production business and launched Channel North TV with other members of the local production community. During this time I also began video taping funeral services, which then led to me moving over to funeral directing and embalming in 2009. I feel very privileged to be able to help families at times of great loss and enjoy helping them celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
(09) 437 5799
john@morrisandmorris.co.nz
John Gwillim
I was born in Auckland and have had a diverse career.
Funeral Director.
I was born in Auckland and have had a diverse career.I first trained as a Chef at the then Auckland Technical Institute in the late 70s. After 10 years in that profession and travelling overseas, I then trained as an Audio and Video Producer in Melbourne Australia. After returning to NZ, I worked for TVNZ as a news cameraman in Northland before working for the Ministry of Education in Wellington making audio and video programmes for schools. After moving back to Whangarei in 2002 with my wife Tanya and children Hannah and Jack, I started a small video production business and launched Channel North TV with other members of the local production community. During this time I also began video taping funeral services, which then led to me moving over to funeral directing and embalming in 2009. I feel very privileged to be able to help families at times of great loss and enjoy helping them celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
(09) 437 5799
john@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Lorraine Murnane
Registered Funeral Director
Originally from Auckland but with family in Northland, I moved to Whangarei in January 2005.
National Diploma in Funeral Directing
Originally from Auckland but with family in Northland, I moved to Whangarei in January 2005. I am married with eight children; enjoy reading, music, baking, crosswords and spending time with my family. I have done volunteer work with Auckland Central Victim Support and studied towards a law degree. Prior to joining the team at Morris & Morris in 2007, I worked with Bereavement Care Services at Middlemore Hospital. In 2013 I graduated from Weltec with a National Diploma in Funeral Directing, I also hold a current practising certificate issued by the Funeral Directors Association of NZ. As a caregiver by nature I find funeral directing to be a very rewarding career and a privilege to be able to assist families during a most difficult time.
(09) 437 5799
lorraine@morrisandmorris.co.nz
Lorraine Murnane
Originally from Auckland but with family in Northland, I moved to Whangarei in January 2005.
National Diploma in Funeral Directing
Originally from Auckland but with family in Northland, I moved to Whangarei in January 2005. I am married with eight children; enjoy reading, music, baking, crosswords and spending time with my family. I have done volunteer work with Auckland Central Victim Support and studied towards a law degree. Prior to joining the team at Morris & Morris in 2007, I worked with Bereavement Care Services at Middlemore Hospital. In 2013 I graduated from Weltec with a National Diploma in Funeral Directing, I also hold a current practising certificate issued by the Funeral Directors Association of NZ. As a caregiver by nature I find funeral directing to be a very rewarding career and a privilege to be able to assist families during a most difficult time.
(09) 437 5799
lorraine@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Natalia Tebbutt
Born in Auckland and raised in Whangarei, I began my funeral career when I was 18.
Born in Auckland and raised in Whangarei, I began my funeral career when I was 18.
Born in Auckland and raised in Whangarei, I began my funeral career when I was 18 through work experience. When I was 20, I was given the opportunity to join the team as a full time admin staff member after gaining a passion for the industry. I am engaged with 2 step children and live on the outskirts of Whangarei on a lifestyle block which we purchased and built on. I enjoy spending time with my family and heading to the beach when we aren’t working on our property. I enjoy the challenges that this industry brings, assisting families at a very difficult time in their lives and the options to further myself through the company. I look forward to the many years ahead.
(09) 437 5799
natalia@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Natalia Tebbutt
Morris and Morris Administration
Born in Auckland and raised in Whangarei, I began my funeral career when I was 18.
Born in Auckland and raised in Whangarei, I began my funeral career when I was 18.
Born in Auckland and raised in Whangarei, I began my funeral career when I was 18 through work experience. When I was 20, I was given the opportunity to join the team as a full time admin staff member after gaining a passion for the industry. I am engaged with 2 step children and live on the outskirts of Whangarei on a lifestyle block which we purchased and built on. I enjoy spending time with my family and heading to the beach when we aren’t working on our property. I enjoy the challenges that this industry brings, assisting families at a very difficult time in their lives and the options to further myself through the company. I look forward to the many years ahead.
(09) 437 5799
natalia@morrisandmorris.co.nz
Jo Tissink
Morris and Morris Administration
Jo Tissink
Born in England and raised in Palmerston North. I studied Management in Wellington before going travelling to the UK. On returning to New Zealand I lived and worked in Dunedin and Ohakune before moving to Whangarei in 2007. I joined the administration team at Morris and Morris in 2015. I enjoy the people that I come into contact with and being able to help them pay tribute to their loved ones.
(09) 437 5799
info@morrisandmorris.co.nz
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Jo Tissink
Morris and Morris Administration
Morris and Morris Administration
Jo Tissink
Born in England and raised in Palmerston North. I studied Management in Wellington before going travelling to the UK. On returning to New Zealand I lived and worked in Dunedin and Ohakune before moving to Whangarei in 2007. I joined the administration team at Morris and Morris in 2015. I enjoy the people that I come into contact with and being able to help them pay tribute to their loved ones.
(09) 437 5799
info@morrisandmorris.co.nz

Our people know that they make a difference to those experiencing the loss of a loved one and going through the funeral journey. From taking care of the initial worries and confusion of what to do to get started, to helping with grief management and care for as long as needed after the funeral, the Morris & Morris team is committed to providing the warmest and most personal service.

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