About Us & Meet Our Teams

We are a family business that understands the needs of your family.

The McKinnon Funeral Group is a New Zealand family owned and operated funeral group with funeral homes from Timaru to Kaikoura – Our aim is to have a funeral director in your town.
Our Experienced and Caring staff at McKinnon Funeral Group Companies provide genuine support at a difficult time and we offer dignified and affordable funeral services to the greater Canterbury area and South Island. We have full-time teams in Timaru, Temuka, Geraldine, Ashburton, Rolleston, Christchurch, Rangiora and Kaikoura.

  • Our qualified funeral staff have extensive experience in the funeral industry.
  • We deliver ​24/7 friendly, responsive and genuine service.
  • Member of the FDANZ – Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand

The McKinnon Funeral Group Family and Directors

Roddy McKinnon

Canterbury born and bred, Roddy is a loyal supporter of our great region.

After many years spent in the UK and Canada, in which he and his wife Jane created and operated successful businesses, he eventually found his way home to be closer to family and friends. The desire to raise his two beautiful daughters and one son in the ‘Mainland’ was too much to resist.

Part of the Alumni of the University of Canterbury, Roddy’s background, education and business experience has given him a commitment to strive for innovation and excellence within the McKinnon Funeral Group.

His goal is to ensure each family has the satisfaction of creating an individual funeral service for their loved one and with our care our care over every detail, will ensure the McKinnon Funeral Group funeral homes, are of true service to their communities.

Eion McKinnon

Raised on a farm at Winchmore, Eion attended Allentown Primary School and Ashburton College. Upon leaving school, Eion worked for a number of years with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries before training as a registered Funeral Director.

Eion has served at district and national level on the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand. He is currently National President of FDANZ and is in his second term of office. Eion holds qualifications from Lincoln and Massey Universities and Weltec Polytechnic in Wellington.

Eion is also a past trustee of the Funeral Service Training Trust who have the responsibility of being the ITO overseeing the training of funeral directors and embalmers in New Zealand.

Twice Past-president of Rotary in South Canterbury, Eion has also served as a High School Board of Trustee and is currently chair of Directors for Salisbury Park Crematorium in South Canterbury and a Director of Flaxton Park Crematorium in Rangiora.

Roddy, Jane, Lois, Eion.

McKinnon Family and Funeral Group Directors

Roddy McKinnon – Managing Director of the McKinnon Funeral Group.
Eion McKinnon – Director. Managing Director of Geraldine/Temuka/Timaru and Ashburton.
Lois McKinnon – Director
Jane McKinnon Director


We Listen. We Guide. We Care

South Canterbury

Eion Mckinnon – Managing Director of Geraldine/Galbraiths & Heartland Funeral Services – Funeral Director

Sonia Sullivan Heartland Funerals Manager

Nicki Lysaght – Funeral Director

Christchurch & Canterbury

Craig Wilson – Operations Manager Funeral Director – Embalmer

Beverly Rhodes – Funeral Director


Roddy Mckinnon – Owner/Director Funeral Director

Lorraine Blackwood Reception & Administration

Roy Winton Funeral Director – Embalmer

North Canterbury, Rangiora and Kaiapoi

Paul Meyers
Gulliver & Tyler Administrator & Funeral Director

Wendi Keown
Dip. FD; Reg. FD; (FDANZ) JP
Gulliver and Tyler Funeral Director

Bernie Power
Gulliver & Tyler Funeral Director

Jon Rinckes
Crematorium Operator
Flaxton Park Administrator

Olwynne Cade
Gulliver & Tyler Funeral Director

Dave Chambers
Gulliver and Tyler Funeral Director


Suzanne Reid
Funeral Director

Raylene Clearwater
Funeral Director

24/7 assistance
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