About Us

We can arrange funeral services and family farewells in any venue of your choice. Jamie, Mike, Nick, and Nina all have a passion for helping people, and creating unique and personalised farewells. Finding the right venue is very important, whether it is the Canterbury or Harewood Crematorium Chapels, Your Home, Church, Graveside at the Cemetery, or some place quite different and personal - it's up to you. We can also have family gatherings in our 'Memories Lounge' for a small group which can include refreshments and a cuppa.

“We pride ourselves on the very high level of service we provide and are mobile funeral directors, so we can come to you, which can make organising a funeral just that little bit easier.”

Originally we were known as G Barrell & Sons in Christchurch have been working with Canterbury families for over 145 years.

Originally advertising in 1876 as an “Undertaker providing a Hearse” the business has been through many positive changes over the years, and in 2013 co-branded with Simplicity Funerals.

Today, Jamie Harvey, who has over 10 years experience in New Zealand funeral service, leads our team of qualified and experienced funeral directors. We pride ourselves on the very high level of service we provide and as funeral directors, we can come to you or, you can come to our funeral home which can make organising a funeral just that little bit easier.

Our team can give advice on all aspects of funerals and can also guide you through pre-planning funeral options – just ask us. Whatever your needs, we will look after you with care and compassion so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Our Team

Our Team Jamie Harvey

Jamie Harvey – Manager & Funeral Director

Jamie came into the funeral industry in 2011 following 2 family members passing away. Jamie has also worked in Nelson and Oamaru as a funeral director and in management roles. Jamie is passionate about providing excellent support, guidance and care for loved ones, as families try to navigate their own grief journey. Providing outstanding care and support and listening to our families to provide a level of service that goes above and beyond their expectations is what we all do naturally here at Simplicity Funerals.

Jamie and his husband Karl, originally from Christchurch and having lived and worked in other parts of the South Island are glad to be back "home" and enjoy spending time exploring Christchurch and the surrounding areas and spending time with their friends and family.

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Nina Andrews – Funeral Director

Nina always wanted to enter the funeral profession and started taking steps to make this happen at a young age and after taking time to raise her family and a move from Tauranga to settle in Christchurch.

Nina entered the profession in 2014 and really relates well to all walks of life especially at the time when guidance is needed, she is here to help families facilitate a sendoff that is uniquely them.

In Nina's spare time she has a real passion and support of dog rescue and animal welfare and spends lots of time fostering and volunteering with local rescues.

Renee Henare

Renee Henare – Funeral Director

After living in Australia for 23 years, Renee has recently moved back to New Zealand and chosen Christchurch to be her new home. Outside of work Renee and her husband Leva enjoy catching up with family, watching sports, and are members of The Salvation Army Church in Hornby.

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Mike Chandler – Funeral Director

Mike’s journey into the funeral industry began in 2002 as the result of a very good church colleague dying unexpectedly at a young age. Mike has historical ties with the Salvation Army, where he and his family regularly worship, so there has always been a passion around helping people.

Mike knows that it is a real privilege to help people at the time when a loved one dies, and is committed to doing as much as he can to help ease that pain. Mike is married to Trish, he has two lovely adult married children, and three very special grandchildren.

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