Ko ta matou kaupapa matua i Communio, ko te tuupaapaku me o rātou whanau
Communio means ‘to fortify and
strengthen on all sides’. Our values have grown from this name, and guide us in everything we
Our values are fundamentally about respect; respect for the people we serve, respect for each other, and respect for ourselves. All other values stem from this foundation, which can be seen by what we do and how we do it.
Honesty, integrity and active listening
Everyone feels welcomed and valued; we work as a team
Innovative, professional and always improving
For each other, our clients, ourselves
Communio was founded in 1994 by David
Aro, a former funeral director who wanted to offer a better way to navigate death and bereavement. Since
then, we’ve been serving New Zealanders through our deep understanding of the health and human services
sector, by developing specialist skills, and striving for excellence.
We started by offering Bereavement Care Services at Middlemore Hospital and now provide a range of coronial support services for the Ministry of Justice.
Our people are chosen for their mix of pragmatism and compassion. We come from many different disciplines including pathology, nursing, accounting and business, customer service, funeral directing, emergency services and more. And our diverse team encompasses Māori, New Zealand European and people from South Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands, United Kingdom, North and South America.
Led by David Aro, the Communio team is based in Mount Wellington, Auckland, and works closely in partnership with Te Whatu Ora, coronial transport providers, coroners and pathologists, and other health professionals in New Zealand. We also provide clear, factual information to help people make informed decisions in connection with iwi, funeral directors and support and advocacy groups.
Bereavement Service Manager
Clinical Services Manager
Kua hinga te totara I Te Waonui-a-Tàne
19th April 1960 – 12 September 2023