Project Description

The Casketeers follows the fortunes of Francis and Kaiora Tipene as they head up Tipene Funerals.

The series lifts the lid on this little-explored but vital service, revealing for the first time what goes on behind the scenes of a bustling 24 hour, 7 day, year-round business, helmed by two of the most passionate proprietors you could ever hope to meet.

As well as offering never before seen insight into the funeral process, from the initial phone call, through embalming, dressing, lying in state, services of every shape and form, and eventual burial, the series focuses closely on Francis and Kiaora’s relationship.

Guitar-wielding Francis rules with his heart, and its Kaiora’s job to make sure the waka steers a steady course. The duo share five sons, a loving relationship and most importantly a sense of humour. Similarly, the rest of their hard-working and dedicated team navigate their demanding jobs with lashings of laughter.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…you’ll think about a career in funeral directing.

The Casketeers is a brand new show with warmth and humour, it promises to entertain whilst providing a unique opportunity to observe our culture’s last taboo being addresses with dignity and aroha.