About John Rhind

About us

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

Jr Timeline 1881

Herbert Langford (brother-in-law of John Rhind) establishes undertakers in London Street in Richmond. 

Jr Timeline 1906

John Rhind joins the firm, which becomes known as Langford & Rhind Undertakers.

Jr Timeline 1908

Douglas Rhind joins his father, John Rhind and Herbert Langford. 

Jr Timeline 1920

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.

Jr Timeline 1935

Building of substancial brick chapel, garage, workshop & offices.

Jr Timeline Austin

An Austin Hearse which cost more than all the buildings was purchased.

Jr Timeline 1942

The John Rhind team in 1942.

Jr Timeline 1944

John Rhind dies.

Jr Timeline 1958

John Rhind joins his father, Douglas in the business.

Jr Timeline 1962 A

Buildings and vehicles modernised.

Jr Timeline 1962

Douglas Rhind retires, leaving the business under the direction of John Rhind.

Jr Timeline 1978

John's son, Graeme Rhind joins the firm.

Jr Timeline Betty Rita John

John Rhind, his older sister, Rita (centre) and wife  (left) in the catering lounge.

Jr Timeline 1986

The John Rhind team.

Jr Timeline 1988

Graeme becomes a director and John's youngest son, Steven Rhind joins the firm.

Jr Timeline 1991

New facilities are opened.

Jr Timeline 2002

Long time John Rhind employee, Tony Garing, takes over the reins.

Jr Timeline Kaiapoi 1

Kaiapoi office opens in a historic building in central Kaiapoi.

Jr Timeline Kaiapoi 2

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.

Timeline Jr Today


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

Our community

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

New Zealand’s largest theatre company - The Court Theatre brings happiness, laughter, drama and intrigue to the people of Christchurch. And we are all about that goodness.

Community music groups

Music gives joy. And it gives us even more joy to be able to support The Canterbrainers Choir, Woolston Brass, City Choir, and 50s up Brass.

Canterbury Rugby Football Union

The CRFU was established in 1879, only two years before this business was founded. We’re proud to support another Canterbury institution.

Kaiapoi Community Food Forest

With the motto ‘growing food, growing community’, the Kaiapoi Food Forest exists to connect, nourish, educate and inspire. A beautiful green space in the heart of Kaiapoi.

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.

We're here for you

If you need our help following the death of a loved one contact us any time of the day or night.

Call us anytime on 03 379 9920

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