Staff Profiles

Our funeral directors are dedicated in their roles. They will listen and gently guide family and friends through the legal requirements and practical details of organising a funeral.

Ettiene du Plessis

Manager/ Funeral Director

Ettiene was born and raised in South Africa and has been actively involved in the funeral industry since 2008.  He sees this as his passion and not just another job or career.  

In his career as a Funeral Director he has been part of some high-profile arrangements in South Africa and neighboring countries, which included the legendary rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen who is an iconic name in International rugby.

Ettiene, his wife and 3 children have decided that New Zealand is the way forward, to further his career as a funeral director and passion. He is aware of the emotional demands on families and the importance of getting everything right at such a difficult time, with a professional yet empathetic approach.

Ettiene enjoys Motorsport, Golf and watching Rugby. Family time is very important to him. “Where passion meets excellence”

Kirsty Georgeson

Funeral Director

Kirsty has returned to work part time at Guardian after a period of seven years during which time she has trained and worked as a primary school teacher. Kirsty is a qualified funeral director and embalmer.

She is married to Mark and has two school children who keep her busy. She spends her spare time walking the dog, working out at the gym and enjoying family life.

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