Address: 21 King Street Whakatane
Phone: Whakatane (07) 307 1111 Fax: (07) 307 2111 Opotiki:(07) 315 8888


Our History

Our company has a well-established and trusted name in the Funeral Industry.

Willetts Funeral Services has been in business since 1990 covering the Eastern Bay of Plenty and New Zealand.

In 1990 Brent and Christine Willetts founded the company Brent Willetts Funeral Services on the corner of Clifton Road and George Street in Whakatane.

In 1993 the business expanded and larger premises were required, Brent and Christine moved the company into what used to be the Whakatane Christian Fellowship church in King Street, Kopeopeo, Converting it into a Funeral Home where it still remains today.

In October 1993 their son-in-law Steven Butler was employed as a manager. Steve completed his National Certificate in Funeral Directing and Embalming at the Institute of technology in Upper Hutt, Wellington.

Steve was awarded his diploma in Funeral Services, which is the highest qualification available in the New Zealand Funeral industry.

In April 2013 Steve and his wife Lisa purchased the business from Brent and Christine.

Image Gallery : Our Chapel History

First BeginingsThe Methodist ChurchThe Church's new home King Street, WhakataneMethodist ChurchMethodist Church Hall AdditionMethodist Church Hall AdditionSouthern side of the Methodist ChurchSold to the Whakatane Christian FellowshipRenovated and new life as a Funeral Home