Hero photograph
Nicky Third
Photo by Hope and Sons Funeral Directors

Professional Development Important 

Hope and Sons Funeral Directors —

Nicky Third, funeral director at Hope and Sons, is studying for her NZ Diploma in 2015.

New Zealand Diploma in Funeral Directing

Designed to provide participants with an in-depth knowledge of the procedures required to successfully arrange, deliver and direct a funeral, as well as the administrative tasks related to a funeral. Due to the sensitive nature of the industry, an emphasis is placed on behavioural science, including the psychological, social and cultural behaviour related to death and dying and the interpersonal skills required when dealing with the bereaved.

Programme structure

Delivered over a 34 week period including block courses and clinical experience modules. Each participant is required to nominate an approved, qualified supervisor, who will be appointed to guide and assist you throughout the clinical experience periods.

Nature of the programme

Students attend the modules at WelTec and between modules are required to undertake specific supervised learning experiences at their place of employment. Students must also present assignments on funerals which have been arranged and directed by the student. A final clinical module provides opportunity for reflective practice.

Each student must have a qualified supervisor during the clinical experience modules.

The supervisor must be an experienced, suitably qualified Funeral Director who is able to evaluate and assist the student during practical experiences. Nicky's supervisors are funeral directors Michael Hope and Andrew Maffey.

Nicky Third - Funeral Director

Nicky first came to Hope and Sons when they had an open night. The more she found out about funeral directing the more it appealed.

Nicky previously working with St John Ambulance Service and helping those in need has always been second nature. Being able to alleviate some of the stresses that families face when a loved one passes away is something she strives to do.

She is still involved with St John as a volunteer in the logistics/ support area, and is also involved with Brighton Surf Lifesaving. Photography and motorcycling are also passions.

There have been many memorable moments for Nicky at Hopes. One that had a particular resonance for her was when a gentleman who was a passionate photographer of air shows passed away and she was able to assist the family with accessing over 5000 photos that had been stored on an iPad to create a very special slideshow showcasing his photography.

Nicky loves Dunedin through and through, her favourite place is up above the Otago Peninsula where she can appreciate the amazing view. The song she would have playing at her own funeral would be‘Rain’ (Dragon).

Nicky is at the Palmerston Office on the first and third Thursday's of each month. Call in have a chat and a cuppa if you have any questions or queries. 

72 Tiverton Street, Palmerston - 0800 555 074