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Kelly Judkins Hardings Funerals

Kelly Judkins

Diploma in Funeral Service

Born and bred in South Taranaki, Kelly is well known in the community she calls home.  This has been strengthened by serving in various organizations such as Victim Support in the past, council, a marriage celebrant, and Justice of the Peace.

Currently in her 26th year of funeral service, Kelly has qualified in both disciplines of embalming, and  funeral directing.  She has served on the executive of the New Zealand Embalmers Association, and held office on the editorial board for the industry magazine.  

She delights in community involvement, and is keenly invested in Hardings Funerals being involved as a solid business that the community can rely upon.

Kelly is married to Shaun, and have adult children who all live in Hawera. Family is important to Kelly and a lazy weekend with a table of food and friends is how she likes to spend her time when not at work.

Their dream of becoming a locally owned and

operated funeral home became true in June 2019, when Malcolm Harding sold  the business to

Kelly and Shaun. As with all local businesses, they are proud to be truly locally owned and operated where as much as possible can be invested back into the community.

Brittany Hardings Funerals

Brittany Corlett

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Brittany’s background was in customer service, and this has certainly helped Brittany taking on the role of a funeral director.  Her bright and bubbly nature is refreshing in the office and her sensitive side works well with those she serves.  She is extremely family orientated and this always shows in the way she cares for families.  She enjoys eating in restaurants around the area – with Italian cuisine being a firm favorite! Brittany’s focus is in the preparation and presentation of the deceased. This is a role in which she takes great pride in. Brittany’s future goal is to become formally qualified in the field of embalming.

Jordie Shaw - Funeral Director and Embalmer

Jordie Shaw

Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Relocating from the busy city of Tauranga,  the township of Hawera was appealing to Jordie because of its sense of community.  Before joining Hardings in 2017 he worked in many different fields – all with a common hands on factor. Getting a lot of satisfaction from helping family through the funeral process, Jordie has learnt that each family is unique.  He can be relied on for his thorough communication skill and empathetic service. Technology is an interest of Jordies and he uses this interest to create powerful personalized funerals.

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