Executive Committee

NZEA President

Geoff Botherway (Nat. Dip FS)

Geoff joined the funeral industry in Hamilton at the completion of high school as a trainee embalmer and completed his qualification in embalming in Wellington in 2002.

Geoff loved his time in Wellington so much he made the move and joined our company in 2003. He completed his funeral directing qualification in 2004 and now holds the National Diploma in Funeral Services.

Geoff loves the variety the funeral industry provides and has a passion for helping the local community through education.

Geoff’s interests include all sports, exercise, travel, music & podcasts, and ironing but most of his spare time is spent outdoors with his partner and three daughters. On a Saturday you will find him at his beloved Poneke Rugby Club.

Geoff is currently in his second term as President on NZEA after service on the executive as the Secretary and President between 2009-2016. Geoff has a strong passion for the art of embalming and promoting its relevance to a meaningful farewell.

NZEA Secretary

Jordan Goss (Nat. Dip Emb, NZ Dip. FD)

Working in the funeral industry was my dream job and in 2009 I took up a part-time role with Harbour City Funeral Home, this very quickly became a full-time position.

I completed the Diploma’s in Embalming and Funeral Directing in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

Over several years, I supported the NZEA executive as the local convener for Wellington-based meetings. In 2018 the opportunity came up for me to join the executive.

I believe I can be of value to the association because I am motivated, efficient, approachable, and contactable. I am also a strong advocate for embalming and the education of others about our chosen profession.

NZEA Treasurer

Joanne Piper (Awd. Emb, NZ Dip. FD)

My journey began in May 1980, when Basil Gee of Gee & Hickton Lower Hutt employed me for a couple of hours after school on a Thursday. Vacuuming the chapel, cleaning the public toilets and emptying/cleaning ashtrays was not an uncommon practice. My curious mind and admiration for those who worked behind the doors that stated ‘NO ENTRY’ lead me further into the unknown.

Peter Strong accompanied me and led the way into the world of Embalming. I studied at CIT in Trentham, class of 85-86.

I lived and worked in Auckland as an Embalmer in the late 80’s. I was the first female embalmer in the state of Victoria, Australia in the early 90’s and worked as a freelance embalmer. I traveled the world and am a past member of BIE & AIE.

33 years later I am still passionate about embalming. I am a member of Blake Disaster Response Team and also an active NZEA member. I have been on the NZEA Executive for two years now. I have devoted a significant amount of time writing to the government to request the regulation and registration of embalmers for longer much longer than my time on the executive.

I look forward to meeting you at future meetings and functions.

NZEA Executive Members 

Kirsty Mehrtens (Nat. Dip Emb, NZ Dip. FD)

After being offered my ‘dream job’ as a funeral director I found my true passion when I entered that ‘scared room’.

I have been a member of NZEA since 2011 as a newbie student and understand how education is of fundamental importance to the families that we serve. Voted onto the executive in 2020 I am also a representative on the editorial board of Funeralcare and help Jordan with NZEA’s two Facebook sites.

Based in New Plymouth I work in partnership with my husband Scott. I am also a marriage celebrant in my spare time. 

Jo Renner (Awd. Emb)

I joined the funeral industry in 1997 as an assistant funeral director in Christchurch. I soon had the opportunity to learn to embalm and this was where I found my passion!

In 1999 I studied at the C.I.T and gained my ‘Award in Embalming’

2005 saw a move to Blenheim where I continue to enjoy all the daily challenges that are part of the funeral industry.

In 2011 I was proud to be a part of the funeral disaster response team following the Christchurch earthquakes.

When I'm not at work you will most likely find me off enjoying our beautiful country in our caravan

I feel very honoured to have been elected onto the executive committee this year in 2021 and look forward to supporting the current executive, serving our members, and sharing my passion for embalming, education, and knowledge-sharing between members.

Executive Appointments

  • Almoner: Kirsty Mehrtens
  • Auditor: Dennis Blank
  • Disaster Response: Simon Manning
  • FuneralCare Representatives: Kirsty Mehrtens, Tim Brown and Ben Whitworth
  • FSTT Representatives: Michael Wolffram
  • Practical Examiners: Gavin Murphy (Chief Examiner), Wade Downey, Paolo Guglietta, Robyn Tattley, and Lyndsay Pyers
  • Website Administrators: Jordan Goss, Rhys Cleveland
  • Facebook Administrator: Kirsty Mehrtens
  • Assistant Facebook Administrators: Jo Renner