Our Staff

David Neame, Funeral Director & Embalmer

I am a third generation Coaster with my family coming primarily from Kumara, I spent my formative years at Paroa school where I believe I received a good all-round education. I finished my schooling locally and went on to a job at Dixon House as a career. I enjoyed this role immensely however after 11 years I was approached by Mark Pattinson and asked if I was interested in a role change. I then began my current career as a funeral director/embalmer. I have two children Caleb, and Hannah. My role as a Funeral director gives me great satisfaction, it provides the unique opportunity to help others when they most need help. People say that it requires a special person however I believe it requires common sense, and an ability to put yourself in other peoples shoes. This role requires a significant time investment and it is thanks to a supportive family that I am able to give it 100%.  A dignified service is what I strive to provide to all people regardless of station. I am proud to hold a New Zealand certificate in Funeral Directing and am the only Fully qualified Funeral Director in Greymouth


 Denise Coll-Dwyer, Funeral Director 

I am a born and bred West Coaster, educated at St Patrick’s School and John Paul II High School.  I’m actively involved in the local Catholic Church and I’ve worked part time as the Parish Treasurer there for the past twelve years.  Out of work time I enjoy art and socialising with family and friends.  My husband Wayne and I have two adult children, Tom and Michael.

Quality service and setting high standards is important to me. I believe a woman’s understanding and a natural empathy help me in assisting grieving families at a time of uncertainty and distress.

Taine Menzies, Funeral Director

I am a born and bred West Coaster, attending Cobden Primary and Grey High School. I finished my schooling mid-2015 and begun my journey into the world of the Funeral profession.

In 2014 I experienced my very own close call with death, and this gave me a whole new perspective of our mortality. This may have been the reason that I looked to Funeral Directing professionally as a long term career for me.

I am passionate about getting all the little things right for the people in my community and take great pride when it all flows seamlessly. I feel that we get the opportunity to connect with families in a way that may not be the same in the bigger regions. I have  completed all three modulesof the Introduction to Funeral Directing course through FDANZ.

Westland Funeral Services has a strong history in formal training and development and at this age this is very important for me to have a direction to aim.

My personal goal in the next few years is to train towards and attend study at Weltec, Wellington towards the New Zealand National Diploma in Funeral Directing.