Living a fulfilling life rich with tradition, connection and te ao Maori
Following on from their bestseller, Life as a Casketeer, Francis and Kaiora Tipene share how they bring the traditional values of tikanga Maori into day-to-day living, what they know about whanau, mahi and manaakitanga, and how they live a life rich with the concepts of te ao Maori
Known for their warm hearts, grace and humour, the stars of the wildly popular series The Casketeers show how the traditions of tikanga shapes their lives juggling five sons, three businesses and a television show - all while sustaining a life filled with joy and connection.
Francis and Kaiora Tipene are the proprietors of Tipene Funerals, a New Zealand funeral business based in Onehunga and Henderson, Auckland. Both hail from Northland, New Zealand - Francis from Pawarenga, Kaiora from Kaitaia. The now married couple met at Maori Teacher's Training College before embarking on a life devoted to their passion for helping people at times of great need. In 2018 they starred in the first season of what The Spinoff called 'the greatest local comedy of 2018', The Casketeers, now in its fourth season. Francis is a graduate of the WelTec Funeral Directors course and started in the industry over 15 years ago, working as duty driver in Auckland. Kaiora is also a qualified funeral director.
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