About Aroha Funerals

  • Janet Mikkelsen

    Funeral Director

    Janet Mikkelsen has been a funeral director for 7 years. Prior to that she was a nurse for 30 years – in paediatric oncology and paediatric palliative care. She credits her nursing background with helping her develop many of the skills she uses now – feeling comfortable around death and dying, supporting families at a difficult time, working with families of many different cultures and beliefs, and being honest in a kind and gentle way. The aspects of this work that she loves is the challenge of getting to know lots of different kinds of people in a short space of time, helping people work out the best way to say farewell to their family member, and working with a wonderful and supportive team.

    Janet has three adult children, belongs to the Stonefields choir, does Scottish country dancing, and loves reading and ocean swimming.

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  • Rachel Nash

    Funeral Director

    Rachel has been a funeral director since 2009.

    She feels very privileged to be in a position where she is able to be alongside families at a time that can be emotional and challenging. Rachel is also a funeral celebrant as well as a registered marriage celebrant. She finds enormous joy in helping people find the way that they want to celebrate life.

    Rachel has also had a career in the performing arts, working extensively as an actor in Theatre, Education, Film and TV.

    She is very happy and proud to be part of such a vibrant and supportive team at Aroha Funerals.

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  • Robyn Watson

    Funeral Director

    Robyn has been a Funeral Director for 3 years. Also a registered nurse, she specialised in surgical services, including providing education and counselling for patients and families who have experienced grief and loss of body image from surgery.

    Robyn believes that at Aroha Funerals we are entrusted with two precious things – a loved one, and the chance to help their family begin to heal. She also understands that no single approach is right for every family. A funeral is unlike any other event; it has to encapsulate so much in such a short period of time to honour our loved ones in a way that reflects who they were in life. She feels very privileged to be a part of the Aroha team and the ethos that underpins what we offer to families.

    Robyn is a keen sportswoman and enjoys running and participating in various events throughout NZ. Alongside her husband, they are kept busy with two adult children as well as developing their lifestyle property.

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  • Morgan Smith

    Funeral Director

    Morgan’s introduction to the funeral industry began in 2017 when her Mum passed away after a short battle with Breast Cancer. Morgan was very involved in the after-life care of her mum and she truly believes that Janet and her wonderful team made an unbearable time so much easier for her family. It was such a warm and personalised experience and an incredible celebration of her mother’s life that truly struck a chord with Morgan, and it became apparent that she could see herself working in this industry.

    Aroha Funerals encompasses everything she believes the world needs. Kindness, compassion, and a whole lot of love. She feels honoured to be working with families in their time of need.

    When she isn’t working, Morgan loves to spend time in the kitchen; cooking and baking. She also enjoys reading, travelling and yoga and loves to spend time at the beach.

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  • Lynda Casey

    Operations Manager

    Lynda has been in the Funeral industry for a number of years. Firstly as a Funeral Assistant, then going on to become the Operations Manager. She supports the funeral directors on a day to day basis, and she is our go-to woman for everything. Lynda is an ex veterinary nurse and a pharmacy assistant.

    She is happily married with 3 adult children. She and her husband spend their winter weekends running the Marist Eastern rugby club. She enjoys reading, travelling and socialising.

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  • Jan Campbell

    Funeral Assistant

    Jan is our lovely funeral assistant, helping us when needed.

    Jan has been a Physiotherapist with older adults for many years and she has always had an interest with funerals and after-life care.

    She has known Janet and Gillian for many years and when she retired she was very keen to be a part of the Aroha team as a Funeral Assistant.

    She fills her spare time with family and her wonderful grandchildren who are such a joy in her life. She loves to travel with her husband and has a caravan. She is also a part of a local choir and loves to sing.

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  • Gillian Craig


    Gillian is Janet’s identical twin sister, and has been involved with the business from the start on a part-time basis. She is a qualified accountant, so helped set up all the accounting systems and financial planning decisions. She is proud of how the business has grown, but more importantly is consistently inspired by the funeral directors and how Aroha Funerals care for families at such a vulnerable time.

    She is also a senior lecturer in Accounting at AUT, enjoys singing in a community choir and is slowly working towards a BA in History and Education. She is married with 3 adult children and an elderly dog, so keeps pretty busy.

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  • Terry Mikkelsen

    Car Valet

    Terry is Janet and Gillian’s father and he is an integral part of our team. He personally valets our vehicles for every funeral, making sure they are in pristine condition.

    Terry is a retired accountant and property developer and has always had a passion for cars. Terry’s family is really important to him, so he jumped at the chance to be involved with his daughter’s business.

    He is extremely proud of Janet and the team at Aroha Funerals and feels privileged to be a part of our team. His absolute passions in life are cars and his family.

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