Meet Our Team

Gary Pickering

Gary Pickering PHONE 377-7160

Gary has over thirty years’ experience as a funeral director, first being employed by the Whanganui funeral company of Dempsey and Forrest.
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Adelaide Skeet PHONE 377-7160

Adelaide Skeet brings a fresh approach and passion to Gary Pickering Funerals. Adelaide is also a qualified embalmer.
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Caroline Finlay

Caroline Finlay PHONE 377-7160

Caroline Finlay started with Gary Pickering Funerals as a funeral director and embalmer in 2017 having worked in the health, disability, education, emergency, and hospitality industries previously.
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About Us

As a leader in professional service, experience and qualified expertise, Gary Pickering Funerals will make a difficult time easier for you.

With our ‘family’ of Gary, Caroline, Adelaide, Maria and Miss Ellie looking after your family, you will receive all of the services you would expect from a modern funeral director, including the option to live-stream the service to loved ones in New Zealand or overseas.

Over decades of service Gary has helped and served families in Masterton and throughout the Whanganui and Wairarapa regions, forming many friendships along the way.

Gary Pickering Funerals has its company offices, reception lounge, viewing room and chapel on the corner of Waltons Avenue and High Street, Kuripuni, Masterton where we have operated from since Gary and Helen Pickering established it on 24th August 2010.

Gary Pickering Funerals has continued to grow with the The Village Chapel opening in 2014 and the addition of funeral directors; Adelaide Skeet and Caroline Finlay, Maria Paine, and of course Miss Ellie, our funeral home support dog.


A bespoke funeral is more than just a tradition and a chance to say goodbye. It gives you the freedom to celebrate a life in the most appropriate way for you, your family, and your loved one.


Gary Pickering Funerals is a member of New Zealand Independent Funeral Homes (NZIFH).


NZIFH funeral homes must:

  • Be independent New Zealand family owned and operated.
  • Up hold the NZIFH Misson statement.
  • Have principles who are recognized as having many years of experience in funeral service and are acknowledged by their peers in NZIFH as leaders in their profession.
  • Have Personnel that are well trained, professional and experienced and are encouraged to pursue continuing education.
  • Demonstrate high standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics.
  • Have a reputation for caring, personal service.
  • Funeral Home buildings and facilities that are recognized by NZIFH as being of a high standard.
NZIFH Mission Statement
“To promote amongst its members the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics, a spirit of co-operation and support, and service excellence through ongoing education, to benefit the communities they serve”

All NZIFH Funeral Homes are independently family-owned and operated, with no overseas or corporate connections. When engaging the services of a NZIFH Funeral Home, you will receive caring, personal service from experienced Funeral Directors. NZIFH Funeral Homes support on-going professional development for their staff, and are training-subscribers to the Funeral Services Training Trust (FSTT).


Gary Pickering and Adelaide Skeet are members of New Zealand Embalmers Association

In New Zealand culture, when someone dies, we need to say goodbye. That farewell may take many forms – a funeral service, a Tangihanga, a wake, a quiet gathering of friends. When this happens, many of the people closely involved find it very helpful to spend time saying goodbye. By viewing the person’s body that looks at peace and natural has been shown to have the most benefit when mourning the loss of someone close.


The Lily

We use the lily as our symbol because it is the flower of love and represents love.

Whilst often associated with funerals, it is not a flower of death but is a symbol of love, for the deceased and for each other.