The cost of a funeral varies depending on the choices made by the family.

The Consumer Magazine published a report on Funerals and Green Funerals in August of 2009. They stated that the average cost of a funeral in New Zealand is $8800. FairGo suggested an average of $9000 in 2012. The Citizens Advice Bureau currently suggests between $8000.00 to $10,000.00.

Broadbent & May recognise that for some, funeral costs are a major concern.  We offer advice & support on how to effectively reduce costs. This can be achieved by either simplifying the service or organising & making arrangements yourself – but bear in mind you may have other demands on your time & energies.

Choosing cremation over burial can reduce the outlay. Burials include plot purchase, interment and maintenance fees, headstones or plaques. A Natural Burial does not incur memorial or headstone costs. Ashes do not need to be interred & can simply be scattered or kept at home.

We can arrange a simple cremation from $3626.00. This includes the processing of required documentation and all administration costs, transfer of deceased, CoolCare, a natural pine coffin, crematorium fees and registration of death.

Contact us for suggestions on how to keep the funeral simply affordable.

Broadbent & May will keep you informed of the costs and provide you with an itemised written estimate.

We can assist you with applying to Work and Income New Zealand for a Funeral Assistance Grant of up to $2093.31 (as at 1 April 2019) if you are eligible.

ACC offers financial assistance to families if someone has died as a result of an accidental injury or homicide.