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.


Raewyn Proctor – Location Manager Howick and Manurewa – Dip FD

Raewyn co-founded Resthaven Funerals at the turn of the millennium. Still actively involved in the business 20 years later in her role as Manager, Raewyn oversees Resthaven’s two locations in both South and East Auckland. She brings strong people and administration skills to the team originally coming from an HR background. She has a certificate in grief support and loves the interaction with families. Raewyn is the proud mother of a daughter, son and their partners. She loves living between south and east Auckland at the top of Manukau enjoying many walks in the adjacent Totara Park taking in the views and appreciating all that surrounds.


Rachel Benns – Manager – Cert. FD

Rachel co-founded Resthaven Funerals with Raewyn at the turn of the millennium and brings a wealth of experience in funeral service with over 25 years in the profession. She gained her National Certificate in Funeral Directing in 2003 and is the deputy chair of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand.

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 families she serves.

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.

Anne (Angharad) Legg
Assistant Manager - Dip. FD

Anne joined the Resthaven team in 2014 as a Funeral Director, coming from a corporate background. She graduated with a Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2017. Anne has taken up the role as Assistant Manager after returning to work following the birth of her and Mike’s first child, Bridie.

Anne feels very privileged to be able to help families at their most vulnerable time. She loves the fact that not two days are the same. She lives rurally with her family and their two fur children Duke (cat) and Tilly (dog). Anne enjoys being an active member of the Howick Bowling Club and getting involved in other community activities.

Les Stephenson - Funeral Director

Previous to joining Resthaven in 2021, Les worked for World Vision in various roles since 2004. Prior to this Les worked for a number of New Zealand public companies in accounting and treasury roles. Les also has an interest in governance and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Company Directors and the Totara Hospice Board.

The change in career was motivated by a long-held desire to work closely with, and support, families at a time of loss. “The funeral ceremony, big or small, is an important time for any family to support each other and to acknowledge the life and impact of the deceased”.

Les resides in Howick and is married to Judy. They have three adult children and one grandson.

Nicole Hill – Funeral Director - Dip. FD

Nicole became part of the Resthaven team in 2017. She graduated with a Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2020.
Nicole brings strong people skills to the forefront with a balance of empathy, care and humour. Nicole has a wealth of knowledge in understanding people and their needs having grown up in South Auckland and then living in East Auckland for a number of years,. Nicole is a proud mother of an adult daughter, is a keen gardener, has a love for the outdoors and animals. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Rachelle Subritzky - Funeral Director

Rachelle joined the team in 2021. She has a background in beauty and was self-employed for most of her previous working life, but always had desire to be a funeral director from a young age. She chose to wait until her sons were independent before she committed to the role. Rachelle can relate easily to people and has a natural caring compassionate nature which puts families at ease. She adores her family and loves spending time with family and friends outside of work.

Robyn Butler - Administrator, Howick

Robyn has worked in the funeral industry for the last 12 years. She joined Resthaven Funerals in 2004 as Receptionist/Administrator based in Manurewa. She then moved into a Corporate Office position and has now returned to Resthaven Funerals in Howick. She feels honoured to be first point of call for families at a difficult time.

She is compassionate, caring and has a positive outlook and is a real people person. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys walking, reading, art galleries, museums, movies, entertaining and cooking.

Trish Carter – Administrator, Manurewa

Trish has come from an administrative background working in two Aged Care Facilities in the South Auckland Region. She has enjoyed helping residents and their families and is honoured to be able to carry on helping families whilst working at Resthaven.

She enjoys walking, swimming, craft work, hospice shopping as well as spending time with family and friends.