Who is Waikato Chinese Funeral Services?

Tim and Lily James founded Waikato Chinese Funeral Services in 2018 after seeing a need in the Chinese community in and around Hamilton for someone who could assist them in farewelling  their loved ones.

Waikato Chinese Funeral Services is a family owned and operated funeral home, because this is our family business we take personal pride in all that we do for you. Corporate owned funeral homes are answerable to a board of directors who in many cases are located outside the country and they in turn are answerable to investors or shareholders whose primary objective is to make a good return on their invested dollars. Our attention is devoted to making our funeral home one of the best in the Waikato. Not the biggest, but the best.


Tim has more than 10 years experience in the funeral industry in the Waikato, including a NZ Diploma in Embalming. He has found that assisting people in their greatest time of need was extremely rewarding, and considers it a great honor to help.

Tim is proud to have served in the NZ Army for 18 years, and has deployed overseas to East Timor and Afghanistan. He is currently a Sergeant in the in the Waikato Mounted Rifles (Army Reserves ).

1513135844328960.jpgLily is a native Mandarin and Cantonese speaker, she  was born in Shanghai but later moved to the Panyu region of Guanzhou. She emigrated to NZ in 2009 and lived in Auckland before moving to Hamilton. She has a very compassionate heart and is always willing to assist those in need of help and guidance. 

Her business experience and knowledge of the Chinese culture and people is a perfect match for Tim's  expertise in the funeral industry.

Tim and Lily are happily married with two little children, Anna and Nicholas.

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