Funeral Costs

We are always willing to provide an estimate of funeral expenses.  The cost of funerals can vary considerably.  Please don’t hesitate to discuss your concerns regarding finance with our staff.

The Cost of a Funeral
The total funeral account contains five types of charges. These are: 

1. Professional Service Fee
This is a charge made by the funeral company for providing their professional expertise and guidance, full body care and  preparation as required, use of facilities; it includes our attendance to receive instructions, arrange and direct the funeral, procuring the necessary medical papers, preparing of all documentation, registration of the death and paying all other charges on behalf of the family. There can be variations in this charge depending on the complexity of the funeral arrangements. Generally ranges between $2,700 – 4,400. Our professional service fee also covers our business overheads such as premises, vehicles, staff salaries and a 24-hour service.

2. Transportation Charges
There are two types of charges – firstly transferring the deceased from the place of death to our premises, and possibly on to a family residence and secondly a hearse hire charge for the funeral service. The costs range from $345 inc GST to $520 inc GST or more if transferring deceased to another city.

3. Caskets
We have a selection of caskets available. Prices range from $1,200 inc GST to more than several thousand depending on the material the casket is made of and the style. The most commonly chosen caskets are manufactured from custom wood – finished in veneer woodgrain and are available in both flat lid and raised lid styles ranging in price from $1,470 inc GST – $2,180 inc GST. Environment friendly and personalised caskets can also be sourced on request.

4. Other Charges
These are the costs paid by the company on behalf of the family to other organisations for goods and services involved in the funeral. They may include flowers, fees to celebrant/musician, cemetery/crematorium fees, bereavement notices, death certificate, catering, livestream, digital photo tribute etc. These costs will add a further $630 – $2,500 or more.

5. GST
Funeral accounts incur Goods and Services Tax. This can add $600 to more than $1,000 on the overall account.


The average cost of a full funeral service and cremation is approximately $7,500 compared with approximately $9,500 for a funeral service and new plot burial at Matamata or Te Aroha Cemeteries.  However, these figures should be considered as a general guide only. 

There are many ways of reducing the cost of a funeral (ie- making floral tribute, doing your own catering, printing service sheets yourselves etc.)  We are always happy to provide an estimate for funeral expenses.

Funeral Invoice

The funeral invoice is due for payment within 30 days from the day of the funeral. A contract form is required to be signed by the person making arrangements.  This person has ultimate responsibility for the debt. If the family have concerns about payment of the invoice, they should discuss this with their funeral director at the earliest opportunity.

Financial Assistance

WINZ There is a Funeral Grant for those eligible from Work and Income New Zealand to help with funeral costs.  The Funeral Grant is means tested and the maximum payable currently is $2,559.20.

An application form is available from Broadway Funeral Home or your local WINZ office.

ACC If the death was a result of an accident, ACC have a Funeral Grant, the maximum they contribute at present is $6,311.49.  We can assist you with an application.


Broadway Funeral Home can source caskets from a number of suppliers through out New Zealand. Please just ask if you have something in particular in mind.

Some suppliers’ caskets are shown below – just click on their link to see further choices available.

Western Caskets  –
Richmond rimu
Richmond white
Rutherford mahogany
Return to Sender Caskets  –
Kowhai white wash pine
Archetype rimu
Departure Lounge Caskets  –
The shed

Urns/Keepsake Jewllery

Ash Urns

We can source from a wide range of urns suppliers. Urns come in a variety of different styles, materials, finishes and sizes.

Some of our suppliers are:

  • ceramic urns from Matakana’s Morris & James

Please contact Broadway Funeral Home for further information

Scatter Tubes

Made from 100% recycled cardboard, durable and simple to use

Keepsake Jewellery

Mortech Industries

A small amount of cremated remains can be kept secure inside the small ash compartment within the piece of jewellery.

To view full catalogue:

Flame Art Memorial Bead Pendants

Carry your loved one close to your heart in an intimate and attractive jewellery piece with a Flame Art Memorial Bead.

Flame Art Memorial Beads are hand-formed in New Zealand using Italian glass. Ash from cremation can be incorporated into the bead, and either visible or shielded from view with coloured glass.

Due to the intense heat of the production process, the ash is permanently integrated into the solid glass bead, and often appears as air bubbles. We are committed to the utmost respect of your loved ones remains. All ash is handled with security and integrity of process.

Memorial Beads are designed in the style and colour that you select.

For further information go to: [email protected]

Memorial Plaques/Headstones

Creating a lasting memorial to a loved one is important to many people: it can serve as a tribute to their life and provide a focus for the thoughts and memories of family and friends.

As ‘normal’ life resumes following your loss, it can be comforting to have a special place to visit that is dedicated to the person you have lost.

Memorial Options

The type of memorial available to you will depend on several factors:

  • Whether it is for burial or cremation
  •  The cemetery in which the memorial is to be installed
  • The type of material desired, granite or bronze
  • The desirability of being able to add to the memorial at a later stage
  • The cost

Memorials can be whatever you want them to be. New technology allows you to create a unique design that best reflects your loved one’s life. This can be with graphics, pictures or colour photographs.

Renovation work and additional inscriptions can also be arranged.

Artline Memorials

188 State Highway 26,

Hamilton 3286

Artline Memorials supply a range of memorials from granite headstones to memorial plaques.  They do restoration work on headstones and will provide layouts and quote for any memorial you require.  View their website gallery photos for inspiration –


Matamata Cemetery

Burials are single depth only.  You are able to reserve plot adjacent for future use.

For Cremations – ashes can be placed in memorial wall with a bronze plaque or buried in purchased ashes plots.

Te Aroha Cemetery

Burials are single depth only.  You are able to reserve plot adjacent for future use.

For Cremations – ashes can be placed in memorial wall with a bronze plaque or buried in purchased ashes plots.

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