About John Rhind
John Rhind Funeral Directors was established on London Street in Richmond in 1881.
We’ve become one of Canterbury’s foremost funeral firms, with traditions of dignity, respect, and service that the people of Ōtautahi Christchurch have trusted for over 140 years.
Continuing a Christchurch family tradition
Herbert Langford (brother-in-law of John Rhind) establishes undertakers in London Street in Richmond.
John Rhind joins the firm, which becomes known as Langford & Rhind Undertakers.
Douglas Rhind joins his father, John Rhind and Herbert Langford.
Herbert sells his interest in the firm to John, who changes the name to John Rhind Funeral Directors and runs the firm with his sons.
Building of substancial brick chapel, garage, workshop & offices.
An Austin Hearse which cost more than all the buildings was purchased.
The John Rhind team in 1942.
John Rhind dies.
John Rhind joins his father, Douglas in the business.
Buildings and vehicles modernised.
Douglas Rhind retires, leaving the business under the direction of John Rhind.
John's son, Graeme Rhind joins the firm.
John Rhind, his older sister, Rita (centre) and wife (left) in the catering lounge.
The John Rhind team.
Graeme becomes a director and John's youngest son, Steven Rhind joins the firm.
New facilities are opened.
Long time John Rhind employee, Tony Garing, takes over the reins.
Kaiapoi office opens in a historic building in central Kaiapoi.
Kaiapoi office relocates to Williams Street following Christchurch earthquakes
Along with being a strong supporter of John Rhind, Graeme previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for InvoCare NZ‘s businesses, is a director of the NZ businesses and current Board Chair.
Our tradition of caring started with the Rhind family and continues with the many longstanding members of our team. With people who’ve worked here for over 30 years, we’ve helped generations of Cantabrians farewell their loved ones, and we’re here to help you with anything you need.
Meet our dedicated team
As one of Christchurch Ōtautahi’s oldest businesses we’re connected deeply in our local community. We’re very proud to support many wonderful community organisations that help people get out and enjoy life. It’s our way of saying thank you to this community for trusting us to care for your loved ones.
We’re also always delighted to speak with local community groups and schools about funerals. We can come to you or host your group at our premises.
Local bowling & golf clubs
It makes us happy to support local sports clubs in Canterbury with funding and gear. We love seeing you out there on the greens giving it heaps.
The Court Theatre
Canterbury Rugby Football Union
Kaiapoi Community Food Forest
An InvoCare New Zealand funeral home
John Rhind Funeral Directors is part of the InvoCare New Zealand network. InvoCare is the largest funeral service provider in New Zealand. More than 20 funeral firms and associated businesses share professional development and industry knowledge to raise the standards for the funeral profession nationwide.
Member of the Funeral Directors Association
We’re proud to be a member of the Funeral Directors’ Association of New Zealand. The Association promotes quality, expertise, and integrity in the funeral profession, along with the training and education of funeral directors. As members, we follow the Rules of the Association, their Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, and their independent disputes resolution process.
Request a funeral quote
We’re here to guide you through all your choices and plan a funeral to suit your needs and your financial circumstances. Our quotes are always free and no obligation.