Creator: Sylvie Whinray | Credit: New Zealand Herald | Copyright: New Zealand Herald

Ese Tatupu is New Zealand's first qualified Pacific Island Funeral Director. Holds the highest qualification in the funeral industry.  He supervised Funeral Directors and Embalming students undertaking the Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec) Funeral Services module. Humble, Respectful and Loyal.


Ese Tatupu Funeral Directors

Established in one of our most recognised culturally diverse communities within Auckland, we are proud to embrace and support the many traditional customs and cultures that we are always privileged to experience.

With a career back-ground in the funeral industry with many years experience, we are humbly blessed to establish our family owned and operated funeral home within our community; bringing to you quality professional funeral services with a difference. From humble beginnings, we understand our community and the importance of what it truly means to embrace not one, but all of those involved in arranging that special time. With your continued support, we believe in giving back to our community by sharing with you our unconditional time, support and service with a friendly smile.

“With a community, we can build a family”


At Ese Tatupu Funeral Directors, you can be assured that our funeral directors are professionally trained and carry the following qualifications:

  • Registered member of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand


  • Registered member of the New Zealand Embalmers Association


  • Registered member of the New Zealand Disaster Response Team


  • Registered member the British Institute Of Embalmers 


  • National Diploma in Funeral Services
  • National Diploma in Funeral Directing
  • National Diploma in Embalming


  • National Certificate in Funeral Directing
  • National Certificate in Embalming


  • WELTEC Supervisors Certificate in Funeral Directing & Embalming


  • Professional Institute Of Embalmers Certificate – Greenwood, South Carolina, USA


  • Frigid Fluid Co Certified Distributor Embalmer – Illinois, Chicago, USA

Our Services

Here we recognize that within our community people come from a diverse range of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

It may also be the first time your family is going through the process of making funeral arrangements.

Whatever your particular circumstances our commitment to you is to offer all possible assistance and advice in a friendly, dignified and professional manner.


Creator: Sylvie Whinray | Credit: New Zealand Herald | Copyright: New Zealand Herald | Story by: Vaimoana Mase