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The Casketeers

Francis and Kaiora Tipene are the passionate proprietors of Tipene Funerals. Join them behind the scenes, addressing our culture's last taboo with dignity and aroha.

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    Season 1, Episode 1
    • Saturday 13 Jan 2018

    PG Francis and Kaiora Tipene are the passionate proprietors of Tipene Funerals. Go behind the scenes of their business, where our culture's last taboo is addressed with dignity and aroha.

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      • Monday 15 Mar

      PG Francis and Kaiora navigate the difficulties of supporting grieving whānau during COVID-19 while operating under strict guidelines. Plus, with the mortuary now up and running, the funeral home has a flamboyant new staff member.

      • Monday 22 Mar

      PGC WARNING: Deals with the issue of suicide. | With Tipene Funerals storing bodies during COVID-19, Francis goes on a shopping spree to decorate the freezer. Later, the loss of a young mother resonates through her community.

      • Monday 29 Mar

      PG Francis instigates an unusual team building exercise and Nona directs the emotional funeral of a family friend.

      • Monday 5 Apr

      PG The death of a young teenager hits home for the Tipenes and a Kaiora upgrades one of Francis’ favourite toys.

      • Monday 19 Apr

      PGC Francis considers an unusual way of celebrating his Tongan whakapapa. Jay deals with the emotional toll of embalming a three-month-old pepi.

      • Monday 26 Apr

      PG A whānau trip to Queenstown is interrupted when Kaiora is called north to care for a dearly loved Aunty.

      • Monday 3 May

      PG The staff pull together to farewell a man with no family and Francis and Kaiora take a leap of faith, opening a new branch in Porirua.

      • Monday 10 May

      PG The team of Tipene funerals go head-to-head in a ten pin bowling match, but rivalries are set aside to care for a special kaumātua.