Our Team

At Resthaven Funerals 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.

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Rachel Benns – Location Manager NCFD

Rachel co-founded Resthaven Funerals in 2000 and brings a wealth of experience in funeral service with over 20 years in the profession. She gained her National Certificate in Funeral Directing in 2003 and is a board member serving on the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand board.

Rachel is passionate about caring for families and their communities to the highest level. She is a natural problem solver and a compassionate organiser who loves the variety of her role, where every day is different, giving her the opportunity to help the Resthaven team and the families they serve.

Rachel lives in Howick and enjoys being involved in her community, watching her two daughters play sport, baking, reading, travel and catching up with friends with a good glass of wine.

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Raewyn Proctor – Location Manager

Raewyn co-founded Resthaven funerals in 2000. She has her certificate in Grief Support and is able to bring this knowledge and experience to help families. Raewyn is dedicated, empathetic and caring.

She has a Diploma in Funeral Directing and a certificate in Grief Support, and draws from this knowledge and experience to help families.

She has lived in Manurewa for most of her life and is committed to serving her community. She is the proud mother of one daughter and one son. Raewyn enjoys walks, reading, travel and socialising with family and friends.

Irene Morton – Funeral Director - Dip FD

Irene became part of the Resthaven team in 2007. She graduated with a Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2013 and was the recipient of the FDANZ Presidents Award in 2012.

Irene brings her background in sales and dealing with people on a day-to-day basis to the Resthaven team.

Having a large extended family is important to Irene and she enjoys the quality time with her many grandchildren. Her long-term hobby is genealogy.

“Empathy and commitment to the families that trust us at their most vulnerable time is a privilege not a job.”

Anne Legg – Funeral Director

Anne Legg joined the Resthaven team in 2014, coming to us from a corporate background. She brings a natural affinity to her role as a funeral director.

She enjoys being in a close-knit team bringing a diversity of strengths in helping care for the Resthaven families.

Anne lives locally with her husband Mike and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Sue Hanlon – Office Administrator, Manurewa

Sue has lived in Manurewa for the majority of her life and joined the Resthaven team in 2014. Her background is in counselling and customer services.

This role is extremely enjoyable to Sue, enabling her to assist the bereaved families at a difficult time. For her it is rewarding working with a team that is dedicated to putting the families’ needs first.

Family is important to Sue being the proud mother of two sons and one daughter and three grandchildren. Sue is a dedicated and caring first contact for families.

Jodi Craig - Office Administrator, Howick

Jodi joined the Resthaven team in 2017 and is a naturally warm, welcoming person. She prides herself on her level of care and being a dedicated first point of contact for families.

Jodi is a long term Howick resident with a background in medical administration. She is the proud mother of two boys and greatly enjoys spending time with friends and family.