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Life as a Casketeer

What the Business of Death Can Teach the Living
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Life as a Casketeer by Francis Tipene
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"A total must read!"
5 stars"

I laughed, I cried, I had all the feelings at this honest, often raw, story from two inspirational people. Kia kaha Kaiora and Francis! Keep up the good mahi!

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"Excellent read, brings to life another side to Francis and Kaior"
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Have throughly enjoyed reading this book. Brings another dimension to both Fancis and Kaiora personal, professional and family life. Highly recommend this book as a must read.

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Mum had been looking for a copy of this book everywhere but no book store had a copy until I mentioned that they were selling copies here on Mighty Ape. She had planned to get hold of one till I I surprised her by saying I had already placed an order for her. She's a fan of their TV series which is why I got it for her and well hehe admittedly a very late Mother's Day gift. So thanks heaps Mighty Ape, Mum loves the book!!!


Stars of the hit television series The Casketeers, as seen on Netflix

Francis and Kaiora Tipene aren't your typical funeral directors. With their famous humour and big-hearted personalities, the TVNZ and Netflix reality TV stars are changing the way we think about death and grief.

Life as a Casketeer reveals how Francis and Kaiora grew up in families that had few possessions but were rich with love and tikanga, and how they came to work in their often misunderstood profession. It's also a book about the Maori world view and traditional funeral customs. The Tipenes make death feel less mysterious and life feel more precious.

But most of all, Life as a Casketeer is a love story – for whanau, for culture and for each other. It is full of joy and sorrow, tears and laughter.

Author Biography

Francis and Kaiora Tipene are the proprietors of Tipene Funerals, a New Zealand funeral business based in Onehunga and Henderson, Auckland. Both hail from Northland, New Zealand – Francis from Pawerenga, Kaiora from Kataia. The now married couple met at Maori Teacher's Training College before embarking on life devoted to their passion for helping people at times of great need.

In 2018 they starred in the first season of what the Spinoff called ‘the greatest local comedy of 2018’, The Casketeers. A third series of the show will run in 2020.

Francis is a graduate of the WelTec Funeral Directors course and started in the industry over 15 years ago, working as duty driver in Auckland. Kaiora is also a qualified funeral director.

Release date NZ
February 4th, 2020
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
New Zealand
HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
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Top 500
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