Casketeers stars Kaiora and Francis Tipene, joined thousands of mourners in London this week, queuing all night to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she laid in state at Westmins
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Funeral director Francis Tipene of Tipene Funerals says whānau are still disheartened with the new guidelines for tangihanga, but “things are much better than they were”.
Through their Netflix series, The Casketeers, Francis and Kaiora Tipene have shared the unique way in which Māori honour their dearly departed and have provided a window into some of the most intimate moments as families grieve. Now, these reality TV stars want to share their life story through a new book, Life as a Casketeer.