Marissa has been in the funeral industry since 2010, beginning her career as an embalmer after wanting to join the industry from a young age. She gained her New Zealand Diploma in Embalming in 2013 and has been funeral directing since 2014. Marissa was born and brought up in Pukekohe and now lives in Buckland with her husband Vaughan, son Zac and daughter Lyla. After working in Auckland City, Marissa took the opportunity to join Grahams Funerals in 2016 where she is now able to work in the community she knows well. She feels grateful to be a part of the Franklin area and support families during their most vulnerable times. She has taken on the mantle of General Manager and is honoured to be able to lead the team, and continue to maintain the high standards, values and excellent service that Grahams Funeral Services has always provided to the community.
Deb has known for a long time that it is her calling to be involved in the funeral industry and is a Graduate of the NZ Diploma of Embalming, taking the Noel McNee Memorial Award for Top Practical Embalmer. She lives in rural Tuakau with her son Toby, and two dogs, Biscuit and Jessie. She has lived in the Waikato for most of her life but spent many years on Waiheke Island and in South Auckland. Her academic training is in Design and Theology, studying and teaching at Auckland University for several years. In recent years she has worked in Franklin breeding bumblebees for the agricultural sector, before joining the team at Grahams. Deb enjoys the variety of the work at Grahams and feels extremely fortunate to be a part of the team.
Jess was born and raised in Pukekohe, she has a strong knowledge of the community and local area. With a background in hospitality and customer service, she brings a friendly smile with her wherever she goes. Jess lives with her partner Ben, two children Mason and Zoey, their dog Margaret, and cat Billie-Jean. Outside of work she supports her partner and family with their Mixed Martial Arts Gym, and spends time learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu herself. Being new to the funeral industry, Jess is enthusiastic to learn, and has a kind and caring nature. She feels very privileged and proud to be able to help those that have lost a loved one.
Matthew grew up in the United Kingdom but has lived in New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and raised their two children in the Franklin area for nearly 20 years. He brings his experience from working 10 years in the Franklin hospitality industry and 5 years working as a health care assistant in mental health. Matthew is excited to use his skills and experience serving the Franklin community with Grahams Funeral Service. When not at work Matthew enjoys cooking, music and forest walks. He is also a member of Auckland Kendo Club and is learning Japanese.
Ava is new to the Grahams team. Originally from Whangarei, she now resides in South Auckland with her partner. Being the eldest of 13 siblings she understands and appreciates how important family is. Ava is very passionate about her Polynesian culture, and looks forward to being of service to our families and our community. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, a good movie and is always on the hunt for a good old fashioned milkshake.
A West from West Auckland, Matt is more than a little sports mad according to his wife. Often on a cricket pitch, golf course or badminton court when he's not being a human jungle-gym for his kids (the younger two anyway, as the teen is getting too big and cool for all that carry-on). Matt has a background in client management and advertising sales, most recently in Christian broadcasting. It's been a refreshing sea-change to make his family home in Franklin and join Grahams Funeral Services. He’s really looking forward to supporting families through the final season of life, and growing with a team that has a great reputation and means so much to our community.
After spending five years in London as a professional wrestler in sports entertainment, Liv moved home to New Zealand to chase her dream of becoming a funeral director and embalmer. Liv loves singing, gardening, and swimming but her true passions in life are people and helping her community. Liv has a lovely cat named Kismet, a giant goldfish named Atlas and hopes to adopt a dog further down the road. Liv is new to the area and is honoured to have been welcomed into the team at Grahams.
Fleur has come to Grahams after working in administration in the heavy machinery sector and also previously in the funeral industry. She is happily married to her primary school sweetheart Shane, and they have lived in Pokeno since 2019. She was born and bred in the Karaka/Kingseat area, has spent time in Australia and has been back in Franklin for the last 24 years. Fleur has a warm and caring personality and is often the first point of contact for our families. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends, which are her main focus in life. Fleur was inspired to join the funeral industry because of the excellent care she and her family received before and after the death of her mum.
Emilia is a new member to the Grahams team. She's been in the beauty industry for well 20 years and has a background in Graphic Design. She has 2 daughters, Aimee and Ashley, a cat (Lilo) and a little dog (Chloe). She enjoys being creative, dancing, cooking, baking and the odd DIY project. Emilia feels very privileged to be a part of the Grahams team and being able to assist grieving families with their design needs.
Rob is a new member to the Grahams team, and has a background in the printing business. He lives in Pukekohe with his wife Charmaine, and his daughter Haley heads our catering team. His church community and faith are a big part of Rob’s family life. He grew up in the Hawkes Bay region but has lived in Auckland since the age of 20. Rob helps Ivo with installing and maintaining headstones and plaques, as well as keeping our premises tidy, and helping out with practical jobs around all three of our chapels. He enjoys tinkering and fixing things in his garage when he’s not working here at Grahams.