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The Casketeers

Television, 2018–2023

Hit series The Casketeers follows Onehunga couple Francis and Kaiora Tipene, who run two Auckland funeral homes. Fluent speakers of te reo, the couple incorporate Māori practices —  including karakia and karanga —  as they handle bereavements.  The Tipene Funerals team mix sensitivity with a sense of humour. The first two seasons won many international viewers when they were streamed on Netflix. In season four, Covid-19 impacts on how funeral services are handled. The sixth and final season debuted on TVNZ 1 in October 2023.