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About Academy

Our Facilities

Our chapel, reception lounge and catering facilities at Academy Funeral Services are modern and comfortable, while outside the award-winning landscaped gardens featuring fountains and ponds provide a beautiful and peaceful environment – the perfect setting for a funeral service.

Academy Funeral Services has been an integral part of the local Christchurch community for more than 30 years.

Originally located in the central city, the firm was established by Peter Lawrence and Geoffrey Hall in 1982. Three years later it moved to a new location on Main South Road, where it was set up in premises previously used as a church.

With his professional and caring approach Peter Lawrence established a rapport with people that has continued on through the qualified, experienced team at Academy Funeral Services, all of whom are gifted with the ‘people skills’ so important for their work.

Academy Funeral Services is part of InvoCare New Zealand Ltd, the largest provider of funeral services within New Zealand, with a comprehensive network of more than 20 funeral firms and associated businesses. 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.

Meet our friendly


our people make the difference

“We are a committed team of highly qualified, professional, friendly and caring people providing the personal touch and support that families require in their time of grief.”’


Our Funeral Directors

Team Half 2018 George Holtz
Assistant Manager
Team Half 2018 Murray Crozier
Murray Crozier
Funeral Director & Embalmer
Academy Team Bruce
Bruce McErlich
Team Half Peter
Peter Lawrence
Team Half 2018 Tania Leighs
Tania Leighs
Funeral Director
Academy Brent Ruru
Brent Ruru
Funeral Director
Team Half 2018 Julie Smith
Julie Smith
Office Administrator
Team Half Wayne
Wayne Lyons
Academy Kelvin Hurst 2021
Kelvin Hurst
Funeral Director & Embalmer
Academy Sharyn Schreuder
Sharyn Schreuder
Funeral Director
Academy Clare Archer 2021
Claire Archer
Team Half 2018 Nigel Henderson
Nigel Henderson

Academy Funeral Services are members of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand.

Since it was founded in 1937, the FDANZ has promoted quality, expertise and integrity in the funeral profession, and has encouraged the training and education of funeral directors. Today the FDANZ represents approximately 85 per cent of funeral practices in New Zealand. As members of the FDANZ, we follow the Rules of the Association as well as a strict Code of Ethics and a Code of Conduct. In keeping with its commitment to high standards of professionalism and ethics, the Association has introduced an independent disputes resolution process.

For information on the FDANZ click here or contact us on 03 343 0919.

We are Proud to Support our Community

At Academy Funeral Services we believe in supporting our community and have strong ties with the following organisations:

  • The Court Theatre
  • Riccarton Primary School Library
  • Linwood Rugby – Junior Football Club
  • Rotary Christchurch
  • Bowls Hornby – New Zealand’s Home for National Champions
  • Tai Tapu Bowling Club
  • Morrison Ave Bowling Club
  • Diamond Harbour Bowling Club
  • Our Lady of Victory School
  • Rotary Papanui
  • Christchurch Canterbury Go Bananas Children’s Charity
  • Lions – Christchurch South
  • Kids Foundation
  • Russley Golf Club
  • Special Children’s Christmas Party
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