• The Team

  • Jayden Moore

    Owner Director

    I am Jayden Moore, 24, and the owner of Te Awahou Funeral Services.

    I have a strong connection with the local community through being involved in many organisations. One being the voluntary Chair of the Foxton Tram Society.Outside of work I enjoy fishing, socializing, the company of my  whanau/friends and my pet Labradors.Te Awahou/Foxton is a great little town full of community spirit, togetherness and its residents embrace the concept of manaakitanga/hospitality, respect, generosity and care. From humble beginnings in 2017, Te Awahou Funeral Services has evolved far beyond the traditional model, with more options available than ever before. While some families still prefer traditional funerals, many others want more flexibility. We work with every family, meeting their needs in what is a highly emotional, and difficult time. We give empathy, comfort, and reassurance to the grieving.  We lift the weight, giving them the time to honor the departed and reflect on the legacy of their lives. None of this would be possible without the support, commitment and professionalism from my staff. Allow me to introduce them - RICHARD TAYLOR - Head Mortician with over 60 years' experience and knowledge of the funeral industry.  MARINNA BENNETT - Embalmer/Funeral Director with 2 years' experience within the industry.  BRUCE PARRANT (DIRECTOR)- Office Administrator. JENNIFER HINA - Head of Housekeeping. Going forward, we here at Te Awahou Funeral Services will continue to deliver with the professionalism we are known for here in Foxton and the wider district.  

    Ngā mihi nui ki a koe/Thank you
    Tofa soifua (Goodbye)

    Te Awahou Funeral Services Where we Honour and Celebrate Life

  • Bruce Parrant

    Director Administrator

    Hello, my name is Bruce Parrant I live in Foxton with my wife Brenda we have been together for 5 years and have settled into the Foxton community which is Brenda’s hometown.
    I have been operating my own businesses for over 45 years in the Horowhenua area, most of this time in Levin where I had 3 textile based companies employing over 30 staff back in the 80/90s when textiles was one of the largest employment industries in the Horowhenua area
    Apart from textiles I have had and still have an involvement with the hospitality industry as a supplier of specialist equipment to Hotels, Restaurants, Supermarkets, and Cafes throughout the lower North Island.
    During my time living in Levin, I spent 15 years as a member of the Levin Waiopehu Lions Club, holding the position of President on several occasions and also as a member of the Wellington area regional executive as Zone and also as regional chairman. When I left Lions I became a founding member and Chairman of the Horowhenua Events Centre Trust and helped establish the facility based at the Events Centre Park In Levin.
    In 2022 the opportunity presented itself to join Jayden in Te Awahou Funeral Services helping to look after the  Administration and Management side of the business helping Jayden to achieve his goals of having the largest best-equipped Funeral home in the local area, to be able to work with Jayden and supply coaching and advice as the business grows and moves forward in the years to come. To ensure that we are providing the best quality service that is possible and that we are making a time of grief easier for the families/whanau of the deceased person.

  • Marina Bennett


    Kia Ora,

    My name is Marina Bennett and I currently reside in Himatangi with my Partner Dave and our fur and feathered babies.

    We Have 6 sons and 1 Daughter between the two of us and three Mokos.

    I have been in the Funeral industry for 3 years now, from the start of the very first lockdown in March 2020 I was lucky to have the opportunity to train as a funeral director /embalmer at Beauchamp’s Funeral Home in Palmerston North. I am very grateful for the professional guidance and training given.

    I also work at Te Waiora Community Health Centre here in Foxton with a great team of wonderful professionals.

    I chose the funeral industry because I have always had a passion for taking care of family’s loved ones and doing my very best to make them look at peace for their final send-off. I have deep empathy for bereaving families, and I am passionate about helping people through the process.

    I enjoy being part of Te Awahou Funeral Services, we are a small team, and we have a great working relationship. We have a strong connection with all families in our care and we end up creating a forever-lasting bond with whanau and friends we guide through the funeral process.

    Bereaved families are always the priority, however, when I do get some downtime, I like to spend time with my whanau and friends and most importantly my fur and feathered babies.

    Nga mihi

  • Richard Taylor


    It has been a pleasure to assist Jayden in his Funeral home.
    I'm Richard Taylor.
    Having been in the funeral profession for a good number of years now and still like helping people through their time of grief.
    I had been helping a frs and felt I'd like to make a career of it.
    Was assistant Funeral Director Embalmer with James R. HILL? In Hamilton. Had a great mentor and he encouraged me to purchase L.A.WILLIAMS LTD in Cambridge.
    Having sold that business I have for many years worked and contracted to several Funeral homes throughout the North Island.
    My time here with Jayden has been the greatest for me to see him go from strength to strength through some challenging times.