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Winton & Districts Funeral Services

Winton & Districts Funeral Services is located at 306 Great North Road, Winton. First built by Ian and Heather Rizzi in 1981, then owned by Wilson Funeral Services until February 2012, the new funeral home continues the tradition of dedicated, locally-based care for bereaved families in the Central, Northern and Western Districts of Southland

The funeral home is managed by Averill McBride, Registered Funeral Director, and assisted by Dave Fraser who is also a registered Funeral Director. Averill lives locally and Dave lives in Balfour. The funeral home facilities include an arrangement lounge, office, viewing room, casket selection room and Mortuary/Preparation room, and the vehicles include a late model Ford ceremonial hearse. Averill and Dave welcome any interested person to call in to the premises during usual business hours, or if the premises are temporarily unattended they may be contacted on the premises phone, 03-2367586.

Bereavement Support Group meetings are currently being planned, as part of our continuing commitment to the support of bereaved families in the Winton and Districts’ communities.

Advice is also offered in regards to the supply and maintenance of lettered headstones, plaques, granite panels, as well as refurbishment of lettering and repair of concrete work over graves.

As well as the completion of all funeral service needs as they arise, Averill and Dave are able to discuss, on a completely confidential basis, any aspects of funeral service that people may wish to have recorded for their own future services. A written record of one’s wishes is always helpful to the family at the time of bereavement. For those who would like to make a prepayment towards their funeral expenses, the prepayment will be forwarded to the FDANZ Prepaid Funeral Trust, who will manage the funds and issue the certificate of membership. The funds will be invested conservatively, with a small but guaranteed rate of interest, and at some stage in the future when the funds are required for the funeral expenses, the account balance will be forwarded directly to the funeral home.

Winton & Districts Funeral Services is a division of J Fraser and Sons Ltd, Invercargill. J Fraser and Son’s Managing Director, Wilson Fraser, has a commitment to continuing training and staff support, and Averill and Dave are a valued part of the total team. All client families may be assured of the professional and dedicated care in regards to the funeral service arrangements and to the respectful care of their loved one.

Contact Us

Phone 03 236 7586
Fax 03 236 0975

306 Great North Road

Our People

Managing Funeral Director

After raising her two children Averill fulfilled her working life with various jobs in supervising a preschool and administration. When the family decided to make a move from Mossburn to Winton an opportunity arose to start a career in the funeral industry. This was something that Averill had... Read more

Funeral Director - NZ DIP FD



We plan for nearly every financial eventuality we may face in life; we invest for our retirement and have health insurance and house and contents insurance. Yet when it comes to funerals, many of us don't like to think about them, let alone plan in advance.

Thinking about your own funeral is difficult for some people but, as the funeral... Read More

Upcoming Events

Bereavement Support group meetings for 2016:

  • Saturday 27 February at 2pm
  • Saturday 14 May at 2pm
  • Saturday 13 August at 2pm
  • Saturday 12 November at 2pm

•Craig Stoneman •Darrin Christie •Wilson Fraser •Hamish MacPherson •Phil Llwellyn •Rachael Crothers •Kerry de Garnham •Amanda Stephens

Our team will guide your family through the many choices and options available, with knowledge and expertise concerning all aspects of funeral service.