About Communio

Ko ta matou kaupapa matua i Communio, ko te tuupaapaku me o rātou whanau

Our Values

Communio means ‘to fortify and strengthen on all sides’. Our values have grown from this name, and guide us in everything we do.

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.

Whakawhitiwhiti koorero

Honesty, integrity and active listening


Everyone feels welcomed and valued; we work as a team

Te Hiranga

Innovative, professional and always improving


For each other, our clients, ourselves

Our History

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.

Who We Are

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.

Advisory Board

  • David Aro

  • Dr Dianne Ball

  • Prof Mark Compton

  • Anne Kolbe

  • Fiona Ritsma

  • Kura Moeahu

Senior Leadership Team

In Memoriam

  • Walter Searancke

    Kua hinga te totara I Te Waonui-a-Tàne

    19th April 1960 – 12 September 2023