Heartland Funerals is a member of the McKinnon Funeral Group, ​a Canterbury family owned and operated funeral group.

  • Our qualified funeral staff have extensive experience in the funeral industry.

  • We deliver ​24/7 friendly, responsive and genuine service.

  • Member of the FDANZ - Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand


We will help you to construct and plan the perfect service for your recently departed loved one, that will fit within your exact budget. Warm and personable, our team understand the grieving process, and will assist in any way possible to help or lessen the load on you during this troubled time. 



Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer

In 1994 Sonia commenced working in the funeral industry when she was just 16 years of age.   She soon became the first qualified embalmer in South Canterbury.

A few years later she began working with Emirates Airlines, rising through the ranks to become Cabin Crew Manager.  While she thoroughly enjoyed her work with Emirates, in 2010, she decided it was time to return to the Funeral Industry in Timaru, where she was born and raised and devoting precious time to raising her 2 children with her husband on their dairy farm.

Sonia’s exposure to bereaved families at a young age has found her develop the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. These attributes were magnified with her years spent with Emirates, working amongst many cultures and customs. The lessons that life has taught her are often highlighted through the expression of empathy.

Sonia’s diverse working career and outgoing personality found her very much in demand as a speaker at community groups, giving talks about numerous topics including the funeral industry.  She has provided helpful advice on how to arrange and plan funerals.  She continues this work at Heartland.

When the position of Manager at Heartland became available, there was no question that this was an ideal fit for Sonia.  She is working in an industry she loves, while still maintaining excellent professional service.”


Funeral Director/Embalmer

Nicki has been funeral directing for 5 years. Generally she can handle whatever life throws at her.  A positive thinker and likes to measure her success in terms of the positive effect her actions have on the people around her.


Her passion is people, our clients have needs and are facing experiences that bring challenges.  She has an outgoing personality with a sense of humour that people warm to. Nicki loves to show empathy and support and lead them through this experience. She find’s satisfaction in taking care of personal needs that a bereaved person often faces.


Nicki’s family time and interests make it easy for her to show understanding and appreciate the feelings of others.  She lives with her husband and children, loves her dogs and her horses. Nicki  love’s the outdoors and lives on a lifestyle block so there are many hours spent outside, as a family she has a large involvement in their local motocross club.

In warmer months they enjoy camping.

Pre-Planning and Pre-Paying options are available.

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22 Arthur St. Timaru