Custom-Designed & High-Quality Headstones | Sanctuary Memorials


What our customers say about us

On behalf of our family we would like to express to you and all your workers who put in their amazing time and talents to make our son’s headstone so amazing and so beautiful. No words could express our joy of the awesome job you all have done for us. Thank you for all of your support, patience, compassion and for bringing to life our vision.

Joe & Judee Paane and Family

We just want to thank the team at Sanctuary Memorials for providing us with a truly unique and beautiful headstone.

We also want to thank you all for your understanding with what we wanted and your patience to accommodate our many changes.

Our grandmother’s headstone is truly magnificent, and her photo is beautiful.

At the unveiling there were a lot of tears of joy and awe when the stone was revealed.

Many family members commented on how beautiful the stone was and how the paua colour effect was one of a kind.

To top it off we were able to purchase badges which were also outstanding quality for such a small price and a great alternative to t-shirts.

So thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Kameta, Keepa and Rangirangi Whanau

I heard about Sanctuary Memorials thru word of mouth, & went there with no expectations, however, on our very first meeting with Leonard, I was instantly put at ease.

We liked the look of the headstones there, & also the fact that they could custom make headstones to suit individuals – so chose to use their services.

Communication lines were kept open, I was updated & consulted all the way thru.

Weekend meeting requests at short notice were always adhered too, & nothing was every too much for them – they accommodated changes, & even a very last minute addition (the week of the unveiling) was completed, without hesitation, the timeline of everything, from ordering the stone, to sending thru the final proof – was well communicated, and met deadlines.

Leonard, Sammi & all the team were fabulous, and I was more than happy with the end result.

Their impeccable Customer Service, their ability to listen to all our ideas, they exceeded our expectations, & they turned our vision into an incredible tribute for our late brother.

Will definitely recommend Sanctuary Memorials, and when the time comes, will most definitely use them again.

John Afakasi

From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you Sammi and your team for putting together something so special for our late Grandfather and Mother. Words cannot describe how grateful we are as a family for the master piece you have constructed to be able to have a Father and Daughter both on one stone. We are so overwhelmed with love for the great service you have provided. So easy to talk to, gave us everything we were wanting within our budget, very informative, was able to make changes even up to the last 4 days before the unveiling. May Gods’ blessings always be upon your business now and forever more.

Oue tulou, Kia monuina.

Haioti Family

On behalf of my mother, sisters and I. We would like to send our thank you and gratitude in regards to our father’s headstone. During this time it has been very emotional and somewhat difficult however we’re overcome with joy and satisfaction with Dad’s headstone now that it is complete.

Thank you for your patience and time to hear our concerns Samantha. We know that you did everything to help our request and we are very grateful for keeping me in the loop regarding the reconstruction of the church – so thank you.

Please extend our gratitude to your team as well. We know that it wasn’t the easiest church to make and we are so thrilled with how it looks now. With our hearts content and filled with joy knowing that dad’s stone is fully complete we cannot thank you all enough.

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas spending quality time with family and a prosperous New Year.

Much Alofa

Pulou Family

We would like to say a huge thank you in all the hard work, love, and dedication that was put into our fathers headstone.

Its beautiful and we could not have done this without the labour of love put in by your great team!

From the moment we met, we knew we had come to the right place, guided to the right people and blessed to have met you all along our journey. The process was easy and smooth sailing, and we cant thank you enough for the outstanding service.

We miss popping in every so often lol.

We hope this year has started off with a great bang.

Love always

Elsa, Mrs Samuelu and children

Just wanted to say many thanks for the outstanding service and craftsmanship. I went to visit the new headstone today and it is everything we wanted and more. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to the guys and everyone in the Harris Road office. We will be recommending Sanctuary Memorials (and already have done so) to anyone who is looking for amazing craftsmanship and client service.

Alecia Steel

Deirdre Ahu Words cannot express our utmost gratitude, the final result of my Dads headstone is absolutely outstanding. I have opened your email at work with tears streaming down my face, with everything I have Bless you all and a huge thank you once again. Please respond where I am able to highlight my impressions of dealing with Sanctuary Memorials please.

Bless you Sammi, you have been such an inspiration to deal with, you have maintained professionalism beyond words, outstanding service.

Highly recommend anyone and everyone especially to my people of the Cook Islands…go visit Sammi or Leonard at Sanctuary Memorials for your loved ones headstone. They will definitely look after you…Ae, no reira e te iti tangata, me te kimi ra koe I tetai ngai ei maani I tetai toka akamaara’anga, aere atoroia a Sammi raua ko Leonard ine. Excellent service right from the get go

Ash Bishop

I would like to sincerely thank Samantha and her team for their exceptional professionalism and amazing service to my family. We wanted something special for my mother’s grave and Samantha delivered a headstone that I know my mother would be so very proud of. Creating something special for my family involved a significant amount of effort and Samantha’s dedication and willingness to go way beyond what she needed to do absolutely blew me away. For example, I had difficulties with the local council. Samantha took charge, wrote an outstanding submission to the Council and continued to advocate for us. As the result of her efforts the Council approved our beautifully crafted headstone. I cannot thank Samantha enough. She was so caring and made the whole process easy and I am truly grateful. I would absolutely recommend Sanctuary Memorials to potential customers. Thank you Sammi!

christopher richards

”Sorry for taking too long to thanking you all the team at Sanctuary especially Cindy!. We are absolutely stoked with the work you did for our parents and sister. The design looks amazing. We are grateful to have worked with you all, to honour our love ones in an everlasting monumental way.Thank you “

Tarerea Mataiti

”Sorry for taking too long to thanking you all the team at Sanctuary especially Cindy!. We are absolutely stoked with the work you did for our parents and sister. The design looks amazing. We are grateful to have worked with you all, to honour our love ones in an everlasting monumental way.Thank you “

Tarerea Kimitaunga

Jerome and Cindy were amazing and super helpful at one of the hardest times. They were able to cater to our needs and communication was on point through every stage. I've recommended them to other family members for upcoming unveilings as the process and service was top class!

Ueuenuku Robson

We were really happy with the level of service provided by Cindy, she was patient calm and collected. The process was very easy with clear guidances and great suggestions for a very hard situation. Very good value for money and the finished product was spectacular. Thank you.

Saagar D'Hari

Thank you very much Samantha for organising our mothers headstone - it was a difficult year 2020 and we had communications off and on over some months - and the job was tricky matching with a very old existing stone. However, it appeared in place beautifully done and complete - thank you - sue.

Sue Newby

Very understanding, communicative & helpful. Very happy with the outcome of our parents headstone. Thank you!

Elizabeth Turner

Working with the team at Sanctuary Memorials was very pleasant. The staff were friendly, well organised and willing to go the extra mile for us. As a family, we highly recommend this company to you. They were brilliant. Many thanks Sammi and team.

Frances Brown

Wonderful team and Sammy was a joy to work with. She made our long distance arrangement easy and we were able to sort it all out via email and phone calls. Thank you for a wonderful job.

Raewynn Osborne

Hi Sammi & team. Sanctuary in East Tamaki did a very beautiful headstone for our late grandma last Nov and shipped it to the Islands, we the family were very happy with your talented work.
Highly recommend Sammi and her team thank you & God Bless.

Sina Paea

We are soooo thankful for making our sons tombstone almost 3 years ago. Such a beautiful memory of our Angel Jeremiah

Carol Isaia

Very professional and awesome service took in all our ideas and gave us exactly what we wanted. Very affordable and would recommend to anyone needing a special memorial Headstone for their loved ones. Thank you very much to your staff

Loreta Tanuvasa

From day one Sammi, Jerome, Leonard and the team were awesome and so accommodating. We wanted a special headstone custom made to express the life and love of our beloved Father. No problem for Sanctuary Memorials from taking our design, sourcing the best stone and advising us on how to keep it elegant. If you’re looking for more than a great headstone with exceptional before and after-care service, genuine loving people then you will find that here

Amelia Laga’aia

Management and staff very helpful especially Sammi. Very considerate and the prices are reasonable. I have recommended Sanctuary Memorials to my friends and families. Thank you Sammi and crew wish you all the best.

Rotorua Sootaga

Thank you to all the team (Leonard, Cindy, Samantha, Lupe) at Sanctuary Memorials. We are absolutely stoked with the white headstone you did for our Dad. The Maori design looks amazing. We are grateful to have worked with you all, to honour our Dad in an everlasting monumental way.


Our stone was beautifully put together flawlessly my wife & I came up with the concept with a larger statue of Mother Mary on top to make it pop.......thank you Sanctuary now sits in Avatiu - Rarotonga...


Thank you for all your hard efforts putting together our design for our mama’s unveiling we wanted! Beautiful indeed. Recommend your services to anyone.

Ah-You Family

Thank you to you and the Team for the amazing Headstone yes it has been installed and the unveiling was beautiful Thank you for all your help and support and the amazing work you all do made the day extra special please pass on to the team and I have attached a photo of the headstone everyone loved it, it was perfect! We will see u again soon and have recommended your services to our friends and family Hope u have a wonderful week and God bless x

Mareta Mu

No words can express our thanks to Sammi and the team at Sanctuary Memorials for their services. We wanted a custom made memorial for our parents and Sammi and her team delivered beyond the best! Thank you for taking all our ideas on board and customising our parents memorial. The dedication Sammi and her team put in really shows. I can't thank you enough Sanctuary Memorials for your professionalism and your support throughout the past 4 months. Will miss your warm beautiful smile every time we pop in 🙂We highly recommend Sammi and her team to anyone looking for a beautiful memorial for their loved ones.Love alwaysMeni Family

Rosemary Meni

Awesome. Leonardo was so friendly and his pronouncation of maori names really awesome. I would highly recommend this place.

Cindy Walters

Sanctuary Memorials went beyond our expectations!! Their professional service, craftsmanship and dedication to producing the best customised memorial headstone, forever special to our family. Thank you Leonard, Samantha, Cindy & Team, for your care and attention. Top service! We highly recommend & thank you.😊😊

Eve Will

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    Sanctuary Memorials will ensure that you loved one receives a Headstone Memorial that will create a lasting memory for their family.

    East Tamaki Showroom:

    22 Harris Road
    East Tamaki
    New Zealand

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    44 Atkinson Avenue,
    Auckland, New Zealand