FULL SERVICE — Based on 200 People

This is a burial or cremation where the service is advertised and the public gather to mark the passing of the person who has died. The funeral can take place at a time convenient to the family and held in a venue such as a Church or our Funeral Home Chapel, The service is usually led by a celebrant or Minister, and includes use of our funeral home chapel and catering lounge. Professional services include booking of venue; funeral documentation; attendance at viewing; attendance and direction of the gathering; embalming of the deceased, transfers, hearse hire, newspaper notices, floral tributes, service sheets, a photo slide show, death certificate fee and facilities and catering for 200 people.

A Full Service Includes

Professional Fees

Providing all administration facilities and staff, including 24 hour call staff, available to receive initial call. Receiving initial phone call for assistance, and arranging for deceased to be uplifted from place of death, including liaison with care staff, and medical practitioner. Initial discussion with representative to arrange time for interview to take instructions. Attendance for interview at location of client family choice, and discussions with family offering choices and options available. Basic dignity attendance to deceased; Providing documentation & equipment to facilitate these discussions including completion of burial or cremation documentation and lodgement and processing of same; Either attendance at medical referee or completion and lodgement of burial warrant. Data entry of all records, including Registration of Death and lodgement of the same. Concluding administrative activities including invoicing, paying other charges incurred on clients behalf, and forwarding any mail.

The Professional fee also includes fees for the arranging, coordinating and facilitating the various areas listed as other charges, including drafting, checking and lodging newspaper notice/s and arranging and setting up venue for gathering. It also includes the attendance for and direction of the Funeral Service or Gathering.

Vehicle Use

Transfer: This includes transfer of deceased from venue within the Wellington or Kapiti Coast District. The vehicle use includes 2 staff in attendance for the transfer, along with the vehicle that is especially equipped with stretchers, pillows, sheets and covers used for the care and dignity of transferring the deceased. It also contains personal protective equipment required to be used at times by the staff.

Hearse Hire: This also includes the hearse time booked for on the day. The transportation of the casket from the venue to the cemetery or crematorium is based on time of total hire rather than mileage or distance travelled, as the hearse can be tied up for 2 to 3 hours or more yet only travel a small distance.


raised-lid-mahoganyFor this costing exercise we have based it on a Raised Lid Rimu Casket. There is no set casket for a “full service” though any casket from the range can be chosen and this will effect the total cost. This type of casket is pine and comes with either a rimu or mahogany stain and is highly polished. It can be used for carrying and for viewing. It is lined with an ivory coloured satin side-set, mattress and cushion.

Cremation Costs

Cremation costs at Kapiti Crematorium include:

  • The actual cost of the cremation;
  • Crematorium Chapel hire;
  • A Kapiti Crematorium Biodegradable Urn;
  • Medical Referee fees.

Other Charges

The other charges included in this “Full Service” costing include:

  • 2 x Newspaper Notices e.g Dominion Post x2, or once plus one other National paper
  • Hire of either Church or Chapel and lounge facilities
  • Embalming and presentation of deceased
  • Celebrant/Minister Fee/Gratuity
  • Organist Gratuity
  • Floral Tributes for Casket
  • Service Sheets printed in full colour
  • Preparation of photo slide Show
  • Catering (food supplied and served)
  • Memorial Register
  • New Zealand Death Certificate

Indicative Cost for Full Service (200 people)

— Cremation $13,385.00 (incl GST)

— Burial in Kapiti $15,551.00 (incl GST)