Our People

Growing up in a funeral family

Michael and Jannette Hope are the current owners and operators of Hope and Sons. Michael is a fourth generation member of the Hope family to guide the family business. Michael and Jannette have been closely involved in the workings, managing, and guiding the business for nearly 30 years. 

They are both passionate about caring for families and communities to the highest level, and love looking after, and making funerals and farewells special for every family and client the firm looks after. 


Michael has grown up in and around funerals and understands death is a normal part of life, but he knows many people would rather not think about it or deal with it. That’s where he fits in, on a day to day basis, ensuring all his highly skilled team are available to help solve problems and provide meaningful real service. Although we are happy to take care of every detail, we love it when families want to be more involved and help in the process. It is good to be involved and is a healthy part of grieving.

They love Dunedin, and feel privileged to be helping at a very private and difficult time.

Hopes have always been friendly and welcoming, as well as respectful and dignified, and they have long understood the strength in being client focused and market oriented. That’s why they have stood out as leaders in the field of embalming and funeral directing, not just at a community and regional level, but nationally as well.

Michael and Jannette, and their forbears, have attended many informative and educational conferences, and traveled widely to confirm existing practices, and enhance and add to the already comprehensive range of services provided.


Michael Hope JP, B.Com, Nat.Dip.FS

Michael Hope — Managing Funeral Director

After graduating from Otago University in 1987, Michael joined the family firm and began training as an embalmer and funeral director. He attended Musselburgh School, Tahuna Intermediate, and Bayfield High School. He completed his Funeral Service Qualifications in 1993. Appointed as Managing Director in 2002, Michael became the 4th member of the Hope family to hold this role. He strives to continue the Hope families' commitment to providing the best possible funeral directing services, in a calm, professional and friendly manner. He has been the treasurer and president of the New Zealand Embalmers Association (1996), and the President of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (2006).  He is currently the local FDANZ Otago/Southland District secretary, and a Director of Funeral-Link NZ. He has been vice-president of Men's Basketball Otago Association, and is a life member and previous treasurer and president of the Andersons Bay Basketball Club. He is a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand and a member of the Rotary Club of Dunedin.

Michael leads a busy life with his wife, Jannette, and their family, Jodie and AJ. He loves a good Pinot Noir and enjoys quiet family time at Whetu Nui, Karitane. Michael’s favourite place is Fafa Island, on the Kingdom of Tonga, peaceful and tranquil natural untouched beauty. The song Michael would choose for his funeral is ‘Melodramma’ by Andrea Bocelli.

Contact — michael@hopeandsons.co.nz


Jannette Hope — Executive Director

Jannette is the Director responsible for HR management (the employees), funeral quality systems and procedures, participates in the Board, management and staff meetings, co-ordinates our ongoing employee education, and supervises the mortuary, administration, printing and multi-media, and catering. Jannette (nee Flavell) grew up in Highcliff, and attended Andersons Bay School, Tahuna Intermediate, and Bayfield High School. She has worked and managed restaurants and bars, and has managed and owned and operated catering firms at the Dunedin Town Hall, and Continental Caterers at Forbury Park Raceway. Jannette and Michael married in April 1989 in Hope and Sons Chapel. Jannette has coached basketball, and is a life member of the Andersons Bay Basketball Club. She played at age-group and senior representative level basketball for Otago.

Her whakapapa is Nga Puhi and Ngai Tahu. Jannette has been actively involved in Michael's participation in the professional organisations, has travelled widely visiting funeral homes, and attending informative and educational conferences and seminars, developing a wide ranging knowledge and appreciation of the funeral profession. Jannette’s favourite place in Dunedin is Whetu Nui, Karitane – because it is a true holiday spot – you can lie in bed until lunchtime with no guilt, then catch up with friends later in the day for a vino – what more could you want. Jannette is really confident she has a few years before she dies – and there will be a new band with the perfect song for her funeral by the time it is needed, but in the meantime she would like ‘Everything I Own’ by Bread if the event is closer than she thinks.

Contact — jannette@hopeandsons.co.nz

Jannette Hope

Some of our team

 Andrew Maffey —  Funeral Director

Andrew Maffey — Funeral Director

 Johanna Kinvig —  Funeral Director

Johanna Kinvig — Funeral Director

 John Finlayson —  Funeral Director

John Finlayson — Funeral Director

 Donna Jenkins —  Funeral Director

Donna Jenkins — Funeral Director

 Mel Pearson -  Funeral Director

Mel Pearson - Funeral Director

 Chaim Cleavin —  Funeral Director

Chaim Cleavin — Funeral Director

 Nicky Third —  Funeral Director

Nicky Third — Funeral Director

 Barbara McClenaghan —  Administration

Barbara McClenaghan — Administration

 Jodie Hope -  Funeral Director

Jodie Hope - Funeral Director

 Lisa Breen -  Funeral Director

Lisa Breen - Funeral Director

Mortuary Team — Robyn Thomson, Chris Bowen, Katie Homan, and Matt Jenkins

Hopes embalmers appreciate that one of the more important aspects of the funeral is our high level of care we provide the person that has died. The dedication to restore respect and dignity to that person in a safe and personal manner feels really important.

Much of what we do is behind the scenes but getting that continual feedback that families have enjoyed their visiting and viewing experiences provides huge personal satisfaction. It is the last act we can perform to honour any person.

We also assist in transfers from the place of death to our care, preparing for funerals behind the scenes, assisting at funerals and operating all the audio-visual gear. It’s nice being able to help families’ when they visit to one of our family lounges. We are dedicated professionals, highly skilled at the art and science of modern embalming, and really value our qualifications and experience.

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to return a person to their family in a natural and peaceful way so they can spend time together.

Robyn Thomson - Nat.Dip.Emb

Chris Bowen - Nat.Cert.Emb

Katie Homan - Nat.Cert.Emb

Matt Jenkins - Nat.Dip.Emb