Meet Francis and Kaiora Tipene from THE CASKETEERS Francis (Te Rarawa) hails from Pawarenga, Northland and discovered his calling more than 13 years ago with his first job at an Auckland funeral home. His passion for the job blossomed into a fully–fledged vocation, and Francis and his wife Kaiora run their own very successful funeral directing business, Tipene Funerals, with two busy branches in Onehunga and Henderson. Renowned for his guitar-playing ability and beautiful singing voice, Francis leads every funeral with aroha, dignity and precision. It’s a 24-hour, 7 day a week, year-round operation but Francis says, “it’s all worth it, because I’m proud to be a Maori and also to be a Funeral Director for our people”. With their beautiful Whānau of 5 boys aged from 2 to 15 years old it’s a busy life for Francis and Kai.