Meet our Team
Our experienced, compassionate and trusted team is here to listen to your needs, help you understand the choices available and support you in your grief. We recognise it is often the small things that make a funeral or memorial service special – the selection of flowers and music, for example - and we are here to provide valuable advice and assistance to make it relevant and unique to your loved one.
Kiri Randall - Office Manager
Legacy Funerals is a smoothly run enterprise. Kiri ensures it is so. Kiri works in conjunction with the Directors and the Operations Manager to ensure the efficient running of all the day-to-day tasks and management required for the company.
Prior to joining Legacy she worked for ACC, in office management roles, and was a financial planner. She is married to Sean and has two school-aged children; Madison, and Taimana. Kiri feels privileged to assist families 'behind the scenes' and enjoys working with the team at Legacy and with their external suppliers.
Don Hoult - Funeral Director
“This job is all about life,” Don can often be heard saying. He feels privileged to meet families and hear their stories. An accomplished public speaker,
Don is happy to assist families through his skill as a funeral celebrant - especially smalle services.
Don’s finely tuned interpersonal skills come courtesy of years spent in the hospitality and real estate sectors. He, and wife Debbie, formerly owned and operated Tauranga’s Bell Lodge Motel and Backpackers, before moving on to the world of real estate.
Don, Debbie, and their four children, moved to Tauranga in 1993 after selling their sheep and beef farm. Don has forged strong links with the local community through his involvement with Holy Trinity Church and Bethlehem College where he spent seven years on the Board of Trustees and more recently as a member of Otumoetai Rotary Club. He is also a Marriage Celebrant.
Damon McCown - Embalmer
Damon has plenty to keep himself occupied with when not at work as an embalmer. Ancient societies, alternative history, physics and astronomy are subjects that captivate him. He enjoys listening to, and playing, music and has an avid interest in photography. He admits to spending a sizable amount of money on camera lenses … apparently you can never have enough.
He also enjoys his job and feels privileged to have the responsibility of looking after families’ loved ones during what are often extremely difficult times. His varied work background includes time spent in Aviation Security, in dog control, and as a flight attendant.
Darin Friis - Funeral Director
Darin feels humbled to be able to assist families by offering the ceremony that best honours their loved one. He is especially valued for his people and organisational skills. Darin is married to Ngareta and they have three young children. When he’s not at work Darin enjoys spending time with the family, particularly camping and having fun with outdoor pursuits. He also enjoys music and DIY projects.
Marco Vianello - Funeral Director
Marco believes that in order to grieve our loved ones well, we must first celebrate our loved ones well. He considers it a privilege that families intrust him to take care of their loved one, and the arrangements for their farewell. Every person is unique, so every funeral should be unique and he is passionate about helping families create a service that represents the deceased in their own special way, whether that be traditional or contemporary.
Marco moved to Tauranga at the age of seven after the passing of his father. He loves living in Tauranga and all that it has to offer. Outside of work you will find Marco drinking coffee or craft beer, involved in church activities (St. Luke’s), listening to music, reading theology and philosophy, or exploring a new creative outlet.
Marco has a varied work background, from working as a cinema projectionist to line haul truck driving. This has allowed him to connect with people from all different walks of life.
He has always felt called to helping other in difficult times. He has a combined 8 years’ experience volunteering with the Tauranga Fire Brigade and St John ambulance.