"I have a background in design and I like things that are beautifully made. Working with wood is a passion of mine. Putting these two things together, I have made it possible to design and create beautiful caskets that I feel people deserve to be buried in"

Mahora Massey

Beautifully hand crafted caskets,

made with love from my hands and my heart

Korowai Caskets is a New Zealand owned and operated business. We design, build and sell caskets that are different to the traditional style, offering something a little bit special. 

We have put a lot of thought into how we can make our caskets affordable and still be beautiful, this is what we have come up with. 

Working with traditional Maori designs on plywood. 

The appearance of the kowhaiwhai pattern is shown in a 3D way, turning this unique design into a sculpture.

Using the lines of the plywood layers to emphasise the form is Korowai caskets's distinguishing feature.

Using aroha to transform simple materials into beautiful casket designs is what makes us proud.

Why choose Korowai Caskets? 

1. Indu​stry experience

Korowai Caskets are made by experienced casket builders. By working for a large casket manufacturing company, we achieved skills and knowledge specific to the funeral industry.

We like to work with Funeral Directors, helping them to meet clients needs, while we take care of building a solid and well designed casket.

2. Environment responsibility

We all have have a part to play in taking responsibility for the environment.

Our caskets are made from natural untreated pine plywood that give the caskets stability and strength. Because our caskets are raw, they will burn cleaner than a MDF casket that is wrapped in vinyl. 

Pine is a sustainable resource and forestry is one of New Zealand's most profitable industries providing jobs for many Kiwis. All of our caskets have been designed to make the lowest impact possible on the environment.

3. Maori designs 

In our culture, Tangi is a time to bring everyone together and celebrate the life of the loved one who has passed.

It is great to see that New Zealand is embracing Maori culture, whether with language, art or customs. 

Our caskets are for everyone.

Being Maori, we are guardians of the earth. Our maori designs are carved into raw plywood, no nasties added. 

4. Community involvment

Korowai Caskets are involved in local community groups and organisations, such as Hospice, local Marae and refugee groups.

5. Easy Access

We want to make access to our caskets as easy as possible. We will be available to take an order 24/7. We have great delivery options. We feel part of a bigger team when we provide our caskets to Funeral Directors. We understand that the funeral business is not 9-5 and the availability of the caskets at the right time is crucial.

6. We are different

Our caskets have been designed to provide a gap in the market, offering something different.

7. Aroha

Each and every casket we build has been made with aroha.