Welcome to our Team
Richard had just sat down in his Christchurch office on 22 February 2011, when the Canterbury earthquake hit. The aftermath of this tragedy proved a pivotal time for the former radio executive, who found himself pondering a more meaningful career.
Two years later, following a move to Rotorua, an opportunity arose for Richard to join Osbornes as a funeral director. He found his new role enabled him to “give back” and serve people in a more holistic sense, while still utilising his communication skills from his media background. He’s since taken over as owner of the business – and feels privileged to be leading Rotorua’s premier team of funeral directors. For Richard – it’s all about the families; exceeding their expectations on all counts.
In 2016, Richard was named Emerging Young Leader of the Year at the Westpac Rotorua Business Awards, while Osbornes won Best Service Provider, and the Customer Service Award. Richard’s goal is to ensure the business continues to evolve with the latest funeral practices – while still staying true to its core values of quality, sincerity and trust. Married to Larissa a school teacher, dad to two lovely ‘hurricanes’, and owner of too many fishing rods.
Angela was born and raised in Rotorua, attending local schools before beginning her long career in community pharmacy. She spent several years in her 20’s living in the UK working a variety of jobs including caring for elderly people in their own homes, nannying, and the traditional backpacker role of working in a London pub. After 4 years away, she and English husband Ian moved back to Rotorua where they enjoy the lakes and forests and being near Angela’s family.
As parents to two sets of twins, life is very busy but lots of fun. Angela and Ian love that they are bringing the family up in their favourite place.
Angela has long had an interest in the funeral industry and is delighted to be part of the Osbornes team. At the heart of Angela making her career change, is the ability to support families and provide them with a warm and caring environment at a time of grief.
Leanne’s extensive background in classical music has seen her travel the world – but it’s here in Rotorua where she’s found her true calling. A professional flute-player, Leanne studied music at The Sydney Conservatorium and taught in London before shifting back to New Zealand with her husband. It was through re-training as a yoga teacher that she discovered an inherent joy in helping people – and it was this desire to serve others that drew Leanne to the funeral industry.
The mother-of-one joined the Osbornes team in 2017, and she has recently moved into the Administration Manager position. The job enables her to assist families in what is often their greatest time of need – an aspect of the role that she finds truly rewarding. Music is still a big part of Leanne’s life, and she enjoys sharing it with her 4-year-old son. After work, her afternoons are often spent jumping on the trampoline, or building Lego. (Her helicopters and aeroplanes are most impressive!)
In the weekends, Leanne and her family make the most of the Rotorua lifestyle – escaping to the Redwoods or lakes.
Raewyn, a former pastor, has enjoyed caring for people for as long as she can remember. She first took up a role at Osbornes 25 years ago, after visiting the premises in her capacity as a then-funeral celebrant. A chance conversation led to her becoming a funeral director – and she’s never looked back.
Raewyn’s additional training as a grief counsellor proves invaluable to her client families. She can be there through the entire process from that initial time of death, to funeral arrangements, to helping them work through their grief once the funeral is over. She loves every aspect of her job – and feels privileged to know she’s helping people have a positive experience, in what is often an emotional and challenging time.
Outside of work, Raewyn adores being a grandmother to her seven grandchildren, and also makes time for her other hobbies such as reading.
Sam began his career in the funeral industry in 2011, working in Wellington for 5 years as an embalmer.
When an opportunity arose to return to his home town, Sam jumped on it and took up a role as funeral director here at Osbornes.
Sam is fully qualified in both embalming and funeral directing, and relishes the variety of challenges that both roles present. Sam enjoys the fact that he’s helping families create a memorable farewell for their loved one.
An avid mountain-biker, Sam spends much of his spare time enjoying the outdoors, and also enjoys travelling.
Chris de Groot
Chris has been part of the Osbornes team since 2005. He enjoys his role as Operations Manager and Funeral Director because it is primarily about helping families. Having previously worked as a physiotherapist in hospitals, rest homes and partner in private practice, he has a natural empathy towards people. He is fascinated by family dynamics, and has a knack for helping loved ones navigate any challenges throughout the funeral planning process. Chris is fully qualified in his profession.
He and his wife Tania enjoy Rotorua’s outdoor lifestyle and love tramping and heading to the ski slopes.
Wayne is one of the country’s most experienced embalmers, and excels at his profession. From the moment he first stepped into a mortuary 30 years ago, he instantly felt at home. He’d initially applied for a job as a funeral director’s assistant, but quickly made the switch to trainee embalmer. After spending his early years working throughout the North Island, Wayne returned to his hometown of Rotorua to take up a role at Osbornes – where he’s remained for almost 20 years.
He loves the artistic side of embalming and is highly skilled at making the deceased look peaceful and rested – leaving loved ones with a comforting, final memory.
It’s a big responsibility, and Wayne gets immense satisfaction out of playing his part in helping families through their grief journey. One of Wayne’s proudest achievements is becoming a member of the NZ Embalmers Association, adding to his Australian and British qualifications.
Adam has always been drawn to people, he feels we can learn and share so much from one in other.
As a Funeral Director and Embalmer: “I can honestly say I have enjoyed waking up and knowing that what I do helps families in their time of need, I have never had such a gratifying job. To be able to work with such friendly professional people and share in the lives of others is extremely gratifying”.
I have a budding family of two lovely young ladies and a wife that supports me with her love and friendship.
I get my “me” time out in nature. Fishing, hunting or just sitting out in the middle of nowhere under a tree enjoying the peaceful solace and tranquility our native bush.