Meet the Team

Julie O’Brien Funeral Director 

Julie came to New Zealand in the early 90s, from England. She lives in Napier with her husband Mike and sons Ben and Jack. Julie has worked as a Vet Nurse and with St John Ambulance as an Emergency Medical Technician. In 2015, Julie had the chance to fulfil her dream of working in the funeral industry.

Julie says “I love what I do. My goal is to provide the best care and guidance to my families through their grieving process and work alongside them to celebrate the lives of their loved ones. I am very honoured to be able to help people in this way”.

Andrew Hardie  Funeral Director

Andrew was born in Hastings to Colin & June Hardie, and educated at Rudolf Steiner, Mahora, Heretaunga Intermediate, and Lindisfarne Collage.

After leaving school Andrew trained and completed an apprenticeship as an Automotive Engineer. In 2006 Andrew became a partner in Gentle Touch Funeral Services. In 2009, Andrew started full time at Gentle Touch Funeral Services.  Andrew feels that he has found a career which means so much to him. He loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys American sports cars and Golf.

Andrew says “I have found that helping families, by being able to assist them in creating a meaningful, personal service for their loved one at such a difficult time, is very important to me”.

Nick Robertson Funeral Director 

Nick is born and bred in Hawkes Bay and has previously spent her career working with the public and in the Veterinary Industry. Nick and her husband live rurally in Hawkes Bay, where in their spare time they breed and produce champion show ponies.

Nick says “It is a privilege to be given this opportunity to help others through this part of life’s journey.”

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