Our Team

At Forrests our funeral directors are very much a part of the community, and are passionate about providing a professional and caring service. They have extensive experience in the funeral service and are available at any time to talk through your options with you.

To find out more about the extra care our team offers, please phone Forrest Funeral Services at East Coast Bays
on 09 479 5956 or Hibiscus Coast in Orewa on 09 426 7950.


Graeme is the Manager at Forrests Browns Bay and also a registered funeral director. He has been in funeral service for 34 years, and in 2011 completed the National Diploma in Funeral Directing for which he was awarded overall top student for New Zealand. Graeme is passionate about funeral directing and enjoys the total satisfaction he gets from guiding people through a very difficult time. Graeme has an interest in model railways, boating, is a supporter of the McLaren F1 racing team and is a member and Immediate Past President of the Browns Bay Rotary club. Graeme is also a member of East Coast Bays RSA and the Bays Club. He lives in Browns Bay with his partner. Graeme was sworn into the Office of Justice of The Peace For New Zealand in March 2015.


Leanne is the manager at the Orewa branch of Forrest Funeral Services. She has completed the National Diploma in Funeral Directing and, having been involved in funeral service for many years, is truly passionate about her work and her commitment to client families. Leanne lives in Red Beach and is a member of the Lions, the Rotary Inner Wheel of Orewa and Whangaparaoa, the Silverdale RSA and the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club. She enjoys walking on the beach, cooking, and retail therapy. Leanne has a son and daughter that are both in full time study.


James is a Funeral Director at Forrest Funeral Services in Orewa. Prior to his role at Forrest’s, James had worked extensively in the Auckland Council and Rodney Ward Cemeteries. Throughout the past eight years he has endeavoured to help bereaved families in any way he can. He made a commitment to that ideal and joined Forrest’s team in 2012 where he continues to provide a professional and caring service. James has lived on the Hibiscus Coast all his life and is now raising a family of his own in the beautiful surroundings he knows so well and loves so much. He is a dedicated family man who has a great passion for music and film and loves spending time with his wife and kids.


Lily is a Funeral Director at Forrest Funeral Services, East Coast Bays.  After working extensively in medical management and administration, and a brief stint in the industry in her earlier years, Lily has returned to funeral directing as she finds it a rewarding vocation to work with bereaved families, and a privilege to look after their deceased loved one.  In 2017 Lily graduated with the NZ Diploma in Funeral Directing achieving the highest marks for funeral directing theory in her year.  Lily has also been re-elected to serve a second 3 year term as a Board Member of a large mental health services company, providing accommodation, support, work assistance and life skills to help people live their best life.  Lily lives on the North Shore, has two adult children, and enjoys beach and nature walks during time off to achieve that important work/life balance.


Matija (Matt) is a Funeral Director at Forrest Funeral Services, East Coast Bays. In 2009, whilst living in Italy, he completed the Italian National Course for Funeral Directing and directed funerals there for seven years, followed by a year in Canada. Matt then moved to Finland for two years before finally settling in Auckland in 2016. After travelling extensively, Matt is multilingual and able to speak Italian, Slovenian, Croatian, Finnish and of course English. In his spare time, Matt loves playing guitar, boxing, swimming and relaxing.