Our Staff

Richie Waters

Manager / Funeral Director / Embalmer

Richie has 25 years experience in the funeral profession. The strength of his background facilitates his keen ability to ensure that families are cared for with passion and proficiency.

His in depth knowledge in the caring profession is complemented by his sincere and outgoing personality. Driven by the desire to help people, Richie is committed and highly focused on meeting their needs with the highest standards of service. His methodical and forward thinking approach ensures the family needs are meticulously met, and strives to exceed their expectations.

Richie graduated with a diploma in Funeral Directing through the Central Institute of Technology and Funeral Service Training Trust, in April 2001. His exceptional embalming skills bring added expertise that is valued by bereaved families. Richie manages his family owned funeral business – Waters Funerals.

Nicole Waters

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Nicole graduated as a registered nurse (BHSc) in 2004 through Auckland University of Technology and also carries a post graduate certificate (PHC) in public health, through the University of Auckland. Her combined work history has instilled a conscientious and diligent work practice. She entered the funeral profession in March 2010 bringing with her impeccable nursing etiquette.

Treating families with respect, compassion, dignity and care are attributes that are second nature to her. Nicole's judicious and astute approach to everything she does are welcome attributes in the ‘caring profession'.

Caroline de Lacey


Caroline's diligence, gentleness and empathy are conducive to the operations that adds to the supportive structure of our funeral team and their families

Caroline's role in administration provides for communicating and networking with Community Agencies, Health Providers and Associated Groups that require prompt attention. Due to this, families can be confident that their instructions given to the Funeral Team are organized and confirmed.

Caroline has an acute awareness of grief and loss and understands the challenges that can confront families at a vulnerable time. Her resourceful acumen further strengthens the level of service that our funeral team strives for.

Reon Scharvi

Funeral Director

Reon is our latest member to join our team here at Waters Funerals. Reon brings to the team a calm and collected nature, holds strong family values and is well versed in dealing with people of many cultures and religion.

Reon was born and raised in the Franklin District of Pukekohe, his nationality is that of Maori and European, his maternal side being the Tuhimata Whanau (Ngati Tiipa o Waikato Tainui), who are well known for their involvement in local body politics and sporting achievements, his paternal side the Scharvi Family are too a well-established family within the Papakura/Manurewa area.

Waters Funerals are proud to be able to offer a local Funeral Director for our Franklin District Families.

Reon has vast experience in dealing with grieving families from his time as the Coordinator for Bereavement Care Services, Middlemore Hospital, he is well versed in dealing with many different situations.

Whether you find yourself dealing with the loss of an infant or baby, a death that has been referred to the Coroner or a loved family member whom passes away from a terminal illness Reon or any one of the team at Waters Funerals are here to guide and help you.

Jean Joseph - Waters

JP/ Funeral Celebrant / Funeral Director

Jean's work experience in the field of Advocacy in Health and Disability, Social Work and as a Celebrant has enabled her to empathize with families that require additional support especially in a trauma situation.

Being at the fore front when resolution needs to be advocated is an area of expertise that further supports our Funeral Team and their families. The ability to relate at all levels of culture, socio, age religious and spiritual beliefs support our families to design a funeral service relative to their loved one.

Ivan Waters


Ivan's commitment to family and business is total. His ability to lead his family towards their chosen careers has been a journey of ‘Families caring for other Families. Prepared to support his family by working behind the scenes on the numerous tasks that often go unnoticed is Ivan's chosen place to be.

As mentor and father, his wisdom and unassuming manner gives a solid foundation to the emotional, spiritual and hands on help that is needed to support his family in the caring profession.