Funeral Costs

We are always willing to provide an estimate of funeral expenses.  The cost of funerals can vary considerably.  Please don’t hesitate to discuss your concerns regarding finance with our staff.

The Cost of a Funeral

The total funeral account contains five types of charges.
These are: 

1. Professional Service Fee
This is a charge made by the funeral company for providing their professional expertise and guidance, use of facilities and body preparation; it includes our attendance to receive instructions, arrange and direct the funeral, procuring the necessary medical papers, preparing of all documentation, registration of the death and paying all other charges on behalf of the family $5,103.70 inc GST. There can be variations in this charge depending on the complexity of the funeral arrangements. Our professional service fee also covers our business overheads such as premises, vehicles, staff salaries and a 24-hour service.

2. Transportation Charges
There are two types of charges – firstly transferring the deceased from the place of death to our premises, and possibly on to a family residence and secondly a hearse hire charge for the funeral service. The costs range from $496.80 inc GST to $646.30 inc GST or more if transferring deceased to another city.

3. Caskets
We have a selection of caskets available. Prices range from $1,564 inc GST to more than $4,000 depending on the material the casket is made of and the style. The most commonly chosen caskets are manufactured from custom wood – finished in veneer woodgrain and are available in both flat lid and raised lid styles ranging in price from $2,018.25 inc GST – $2,297.70 inc GST. Environment friendly and personalised caskets can also be sourced on request.

4. Other Charges
These are the costs paid by the company on behalf of the family to other organisations for goods and services involved in the funeral. They may include flowers, fees to celebrant/musician, cemetery/crematorium fees, bereavement notices, death certificate, catering, livestream, digital photo tribute etc. These costs will add a further $800 – $2,500 or more.

5. GST
Funeral accounts incur Goods and Services Tax. This can add $600 to in excess of $1,000 on the overall account. 


The average cost of a funeral service and cremation is approximately $9,500 compared with approximately $12,000 for a funeral service and new plot burial at Pyes Pa Cemetery.  However, these figures should be considered as a general guide only. 

There are many ways of reducing the cost of a funeral (ie- making floral tribute, doing your own catering, printing service sheets yourselves etc.)  We are always happy to provide an estimate for funeral expenses.


Funeral Invoice

The funeral invoice is due for payment within 30 days from the day of the funeral.  Account Finance Charges apply for late payment. An authority form is required to be signed by the person making arrangements.  This person has ultimate responsibility for the debt. If the family have concerns about payment of the invoice, they should discuss this with their funeral director at the earliest opportunity.

Financial Assistance

WINZ There is a Funeral Grant for those eligible from Work and Income New Zealand to help with funeral costs.  The Funeral Grant is means tested and the maximum payable currently is $2,559.20.

An application form is available from Jones & Company or your local WINZ office.

ACC If the death was a result of an accident, ACC have a Funeral Grant, the maximum they contribute at present is $7,024.80.  We can assist you with an application.

SUPERGOLD CARD DISCOUNTof 10% off our professional service fee is applied to full funerals for eligible seniors. (not applicable on our budget financial packages).

Fixed Price Packages

Jones & Company have a range of packages to assist families working within a budget – or those not requiring a traditional style of funeral.

Our packages range from a ‘direct cremation’ package, through to packages which include a family private time to be with the deceased; to private funerals and whanau packages.

Some of our Fixed Price Packages :
Direct Cremation Package

*from $4,490 Mon-Fri

  • Include transfer of deceased to our funeral home
  • Cardboard casket
  • Transfer deceased to Crematorium
  • Cremation fee and return of ashes
  • Registered death certificate
Call us anytime - (07) 578 4009

*afterhours/weekend fee applies ($300) plus doctor’s fee for documentation ($150 – $260)

Viewing and Cremation Package

*from $5,410 Mon-Fri

  • Includes transfer of deceased to our funeral home
  • Minimal body preparation for family time with deceased at funeral home
  • Liner with hired outer casket
    *size restriction
  • Transfer deceased to Crematorium
  • Cremation fee and return of ashes
  • Registered death certificate
Call us anytime - (07) 578 4009

*afterhours/weekend fee applies ($300) plus doctor’s fee for documentation ($150 – $260)

Private Family Funeral Cremation Package

*from $7,100 Mon-Fri

  • Includes transfer of deceased to our funeral home
  • Embalming body preparation of deceased
  • Liner with hired outer casket *size restriction
  • Hillsdene Chapel for private family funeral service
  • Transfer deceased to Crematorium *upgrade to Hearse additional $470
  • Cremation fee and return of ashes
  • Registered death certificate
Call us anytime - (07) 578 4009

*afterhours/weekend fee applies ($300) plus doctor’s fee for documentation ($150 – $260)


Jone & Company can source caskets from a number of suppliers through out New Zealand. Please just ask if you have something in particular in mind.

Some suppliers’ caskets are shown below – just click on their link to see further choices available.

Western Caskets  –
Richmond rimu
Richmond white
Richmond mahogany
Return to Sender Caskets  –
Kowhai white wash pine
Departure Lounge Caskets  –
The shed

Urns/Keepsake Jewllery

Ash Urns

We can source from a wide range of urns suppliers. Urns come in a variety of different styles, materials, finishes and sizes.

Some of our suppliers are:

  • ceramic urns from Matakana’s Morris & James

Please contact Jones & Company for further information

Scatter Tubes

Made from 100% recycled cardboard, durable and simple to use

Keepsake Jewellery

Mortech Industries

A small amount of cremated remains can be kept secure inside the small ash compartment within the piece of jewellery.

To view full catalogue:

Flame Art Memorial Bead Pendants

Carry your loved one close to your heart in an intimate and attractive jewellery piece with a Flame Art Memorial Bead.

Flame Art Memorial Beads are hand-formed in New Zealand using Italian glass. Ash from cremation can be incorporated into the bead, and either visible or shielded from view with coloured glass.

Due to the intense heat of the production process, the ash is permanently integrated into the solid glass bead, and often appears as air bubbles. We are committed to the utmost respect of your loved ones remains. All ash is handled with security and integrity of process.

Memorial Beads are designed in the style and colour that you select.

For further information go to:

Memorial Plaques/Headstones

Creating a lasting memorial to a loved one is important to many people: it can serve as a tribute to their life and provide a focus for the thoughts and memories of family and friends.

As ‘normal’ life resumes following your loss, it can be comforting to have a special place to visit that is dedicated to the person you have lost.

Memorial Options

The type of memorial available to you will depend on several factors:

  • Whether it is for burial or cremation
  •  The cemetery in which the memorial is to be installed
  • The type of material desired, granite or bronze
  • The desirability of being able to add to the memorial at a later stage
  • The cost

Memorials can be whatever you want them to be. New technology allows you to create a unique design that best reflects your loved one’s life. This can be with graphics, pictures or colour photographs.

Renovation work and additional inscriptions can also be arranged.

Pyes Pa Memorial Park Cemetery has several areas available for ashes plaques – Rose Gardens, Memorial Gardens, Palm Tree and Pohutukawa Sections.  The plots in these areas can accommodate two sets of ashes.  Also available is an Upright Memorial section, and a Granite Book of Memory, where a small bronze plaque can be affixed (but no provision for burying ashes). 

New Te Puke Cemetery has ashes plots and a Wall of Remembrance.  Some ashes can be interred in the wall and a small granite plaque placed over top. 

BOP Memorials Ltd, the Bay’s Headstone Shop  

Are the only local manufacturing stone mason firm in Tauranga.  They supply a range of memorials from granite headstones to memorial plaques and ceramic photos.  Contact them for any headstone/memorial plaque restoration work.  They can provide layouts and pricing for any memorial you require. They have two convenient locations – Showroom and office at 11 Pyes Pa Road, Tauranga and at Bayfair, Mount Maunganui – 1/35 Girven Road, entrance off Marlin Street.  

– phone: 07 543 2910
– email:

” For all our babies briefly known forever loved “

Dedicated by Jones & Company to the people of Tauranga in 1999 in memory of miscarried, still born or briefly lived infants in unmarked burial grounds at 18th Avenue Presbyterian Cemetery.

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