About Us

A HELPING HAND THROUGH THE HARDEST TIME

The team at Affinity Funerals is here to provide professional, qualified and experienced help at one of life's most challenging times.

About us

Meet the dedicated Affinity team

Affinity will assist your family with every aspect of the funeral, ensuring you get the celebration of life you wish for - with personal help at every step.

Janice Millis

Janice Millis

When Janice gained her qualification as a Funeral Director in 2011 she fulfilled a long-time ambition. Over a decade later she continues to utilize her event management skills to create meaningful services for the families she works with, each one personalized to provide a truly memorable farewell for the person that has lived. In her spare time you will see Janice supporting her grandchildren's sports endeavours, stage performing or directing theatre or organising community events.

Lynley Claridge

Lynley Claridge

In addition to working as an Associate of a local accounting firm, Lynley has served as a Trustee of the Central Lakes Trust, a councillor on the Central Otago District Council and a member of the Dunstan Hospital Board. This widely diverse range of experience, coupled with her love of working with people positioned Lynley perfectly for her role as a funeral director, a role which she has passionately fulfilled since she co-founded Affinity.

 

Paul Tamati

Paul Tamati

Paul identifies with the incredible changes in the communities that he was brought up in, Cromwell, Alexandra and Wanaka, where he resides with his family. A 30-year background in hospitality and retail and his love for giving back to his community have steered him into the Funeral Industry. A proud Maori, Paul appreciates cultural diversity and respects people from all faiths and beliefs. 

Tami Rubie

Tami Rubie

Tami moved to Central Otago with her family in 2010 for the climate, and stayed for the lifestyle. Coming from a farming and veterinary background, and as a volunteer for St John and Fire and Emergency NZ, she is experienced in working in rapidly changing situations.  She believes in practising inclusive care for all the families she engages with as a funeral director.

Dave Ramsay

Dave Ramsay

A proud Southlander by birth, Dave has called Alexandra home for the last 36 years and really enjoys his life as part of this vibrant Central Otago community. 38 years in motor vehicle retail was his past with his present being at Affinity Funerals,  Dave has a strong desire to help folk are a facing a time of change in family dynamics.

 

 

Norm Hanning

Norm Hanning

Working with the Affinity team as a casual Funeral Assistant and all round handy person, Norm is greatly appreciated for his willingness to travel long distances in Central Otago and beyond at a moments notice.

Julie MacDonald

Julie MacDonald

Julie is our caterer. Her love of all things food has kept her busy in the catering industry for 8 years. With her ability to combine freshness and flavour with a flair for presentation, the kitchen is her 'happy place'.