Manaaki Mats is based in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Supply and Training are offered nationally and internationally.
Founded by Deathcare Educators Annie Meredith and Claire Turnham. They feel honoured to offer this specialist and sensitive resource and know the value and gift that Manaaki Mats bring to bereaved families.
Introducing Claire Turnham MBE, BA. Grad Dip of Teaching
Claire is a mother of four and a leading home funeral guide and educator. She has been on a mission to gently change death care one family at a time since setting up Only With Love in 2014, whilst living in the UK. Having returned to New Zealand in 2020 she now feels privileged to be supporting our most precious babies and helping bring the awareness of using and providing Manaaki Mats to the world. As a pioneer of the home funeral movement, she is passionate about sharing her skills, knowledge and experience to help others. Claire is recognised internationally as a leading Home Funeral Practitioner, Educator, Celebrant and Advisor. In 2016 she was awarded Runner Up Green Funeral Director of the Year and Commended for her OWL Funeral Services at the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 UK Good Funeral Awards. More recently Claire has been honoured by Amnesty International for her campaigning and advocacy work and awarded an MBE for her services to Consumer Rights.
Introducing Annie Meredith, BA. Post Grad Dip of Teaching
Annie is a Funeral Celebrant and End of Life Doula offering her services through Three Seeds supporting people in the Tairāwhiti region, NZ. She loves this special work and her background in education brings the skills of listening, organisation and patience. She supports people at all stages of life and helps with life legacy and reflection work, memoirs, advance care planning and funeral and deathcare guidance. She has hosted workshops for her community including Age Concern, Hospice Tairāwhiti, and can speak on a broad range of topics about death and dying. Her goal is that all people are aware of their options around deathcare and she is passionate about sharing information. Annie currently lives in her hometown of Gisborne, New Zealand with extended family. She is the mother to Rosa and Eve.