upcoming funeral services

Upcoming Funeral Services

Name Date & time location
kaiapoi (03) 3277 499 christchurch (03) 379 9920

Our Heritage

John Rhind Funeral Directors – Continuing a Family Tradition since 1881.

John Rhind Funeral Directors was originally established by the brother in law of the first John Rhind, Herbert Langford to provide funeral services for the people of Christchurch. In 1906 John Rhind, whose name the firm bears now, joined the firm and it traded as Langford and Rhind for 14 years until Herbert sold his interest to John Rhind who continued to run the firm with the assistance of his sons until his death in 1944.

Langford & Rhind horse drawn hearse, circa 1890

Langford & Rhind horse drawn hearse, circa 1890

John Rhind staff at their London Street location 1942

L to R: Douglas R Rhind, Tom Bardsley, Trevor Rhind, Arthur Byron, James Henry, Norman J Rhind, circa 1945

Nick Rhind, is a 4th generation family member who works in the business today.

Nick Rhind, is a 5th generation family member who works in the business today.

Over 5 generations, many Rhind family members have had involvement with the family funeral business. John Rhind was manager from 1958 until 1990, after which Graeme Rhind took over until 1995. From there Steven Rhind managed the business until 2002 whereby long term John Rhind employee Tony Garing has taken over the reins. The Rhind family association is still strong with Nick Rhind (Graeme’s son) remaining in the business as a funeral director.

John Rhind Funeral Directors is just one of a few Canterbury businesses that, after more than a century, is still operating from its original location. There are new buildings now, including a beautiful chapel and nearby reception lounge, but the business is still located at the London Street premises where the firm originated in 1881. A few years ago, John Rhind Funeral Directors opened an office in an historic building in central Kaiapoi to better serve the North Canterbury community. After the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes this office relocated to Williams Street, Kaiapoi in a renovated cottage.

Over 130 years we have grown to become one of Christchurch’s foremost funeral firms, with a reputation for professional and compassionate service.

Our team pride themselves on being able to offer a full range of funeral services and providing exceptional care, which is friendly and above all sincere. Our strong reputation comes from our experienced funeral directors and support staff who are passionate and dedicated, to ensure families can have peace of mind at a very difficult time. It is important to know that you can depend on our professionalism to help you with all the arrangements and details to ensure a funeral service flows smoothly

We offer a modern and comfortable chapel, with its beautiful garden beyond the altar window. Our catering lounge, serves a tempting array of savouries, sandwiches, and cakes and is a popular venue for gatherings after the funerals.

John Rhind Funeral Directors is an InvoCare New Zealand Ltd funeral home. InvoCare New Zealand Ltd is the largest provider of funeral services within New Zealand, with a comprehensive network of more than 20 funeral firms and associated businesses. By joining together we are able to share professional development and industry knowledge, and set higher standards in the funeral profession nationwide. To ensure we continue to set higher standards, phone calls are recorded for quality assurance and training purposes.

call us today

John Rhind Christchurch on 03 379 9920 or John Rhind Kaiapoi on 03 327 7499