Our Team

We regard our staff as our most important asset. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and together make up a comprehensive team, who relate well to each other as well as to our clients.

The Pellows staff all consider it an honour and privilege to care for and support families at a time when they are most vulnerable. To them their job is a vocation from which they gain a deep sense of satisfaction.


William Eagar-Savage


Coming from a family line of funeral directors, William brings a wealth of experience to the role. William’s grandfather was a cabinet maker who became a funeral director after his trade saw him making an increasing number of caskets. This business was eventually taken over by William’s father, with William joining the business in 2004. William joined the team at Pellows in 2012, where he worked until familial obligations called him back home. He now returns to take up the role of manager.

“I’ve always loved Hamilton, so I’m happy to be able to join the Pellows team once more. Looking after families is at the core of everything we do as funeral directors. It’s important to us to be there for people as they say goodbye to loved ones, and that we do everything we can to make that process as smooth and respectful as possible. I hope I can become a strong support to the local Hamilton families we work with – we are here to serve.”

William moves back to Hamilton alongside his partner and three dogs, Sophie, Harry and George.

Karen Klinkenberg

Funeral Director

Karen rejoined the Pellows Team in 2013 after a sojourn overseas. Karen and her husband Nick have been in Hamilton for 25 years involved in church leadership. She has a passion for helping people through her role as a funeral director and in her spare time enjoys keeping up with her five grandies.

Nikki Whittington

Funeral Director

Nikki commenced her career as a Funeral Director in the UK before moving to New Zealand 10 years ago. More recently she has been raising her 2 children before coming to join the Pellows team.

Outside of work Nikki is involved with her children’s extra-curricular activities and also enjoys horse riding and all things equestrian.

Kirin Nahna


Kirin has lived in Hamilton all of his life. Married to Erena, they have two children, whom they support in their many extra curricula activities. Kirin rides a motorbike and enjoys playing music with his friends.

Sandra Clarke


Sandra has lived in Hamilton all her life. Being a people oriented person, she thoroughly enjoys her role as Administrator-Receptionist with Pellows and finds it most rewarding. Outside of her work, family – especially her two grandsons, gardening, cooking and entertaining fill Sandra’s life.

CJ Egan


CJ has been involved in the funeral industry since 2002. CJ spent 14 years as a sexton at Hamilton park cemetery before joining the Pellows team to increase his knowledge and experience of the funeral industry. CJ is an extremely keen outdoorsman and enjoys hunting fishing camping and gardening in his spare time.

Alvin Mataiti

Funeral Director

I have always valued being of service to the community and in the light of losing my mother some years ago, I too wanted to help families in their hour of need. This has become a new found passion for me. I am married to a registered nurse and we have two daughters and I thoroughly enjoy spending quality time with my family. Moving from Wellington 8 years ago has been an ambitious, but encouraging move for our family and we are glad to call Waikato our home.

Ali Nicholson

Funeral Director

I have worked with people from all different walks of life, backgrounds and cultures. After a career in the airline industry, it is nice to have both feet back on the ground. I believe it is a privilege and an honour to be able to help and be of service to those in need in such a difficult time and to really listen to the family’s needs. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, travelling, reading and getting out spending time in nature.

pzNx x.20/01/20

Beautiful services, compassionate and attentive would recommend to all.

Stuart R.22/11/17

Amazing service from a professional team.

Ken C.22/11/17

We appointed Pellows and Beth Richards to handle our mums funeral and that decision ensured that we as a family were able to manage so much better through this difficult... read more

Jess M.01/11/17

We couldn't have asked for anything more from the Funeral Director. Thank you for taking such great care of my Aunt and our family. I would highly recommend... read more