Upcoming Events


Half Yearly Auckland November 8/9

The New Zealand Embalmers Association (NZEA) President Nick Evans and the Executive warmly invite you to join them in Auckland for the half yearly meeting.

We will be staying at the Cordis Hotel these rooms are available at $240.
If this begins to fill up we also have arrangements made at The Domain Lodge.








Thursday Seminar

08/11/2018 11:00am

NZEA 2018 HALF YEARLY MEETING SEMINAR

Auckland University Faculty of Medical and Health Science

Please click here for the registration form

Please Note: All fees payable to FSTT not NZEA

$140 per person (GST inclusive) for FSTT levy subscribers and NZEA members
$210 per person (GST inclusive) for non FSTT levy subscribers

Registration: From 10.30 am - Seminar Start Time: 11 am

5.0 Training Hour Credits for both Embalming and Funeral Directing Programme for Seminar

1100 Anna Laurenson: introduction to the Human Body Bequest programme

1115 Nick Duggan: introduction to the medical sciences learning centre

1130 Professor Mark Thomas: Communicable disease specialist half hour answer pre-submitted questions and half hour open forum

1230 Facility tour

1300 Lunch

1400 Split into 3 groups

• Medical Sciences Learning Centre – Nick: a chance to look at pathology pots and the corresponding records about what pathologies are in the pot. This includes the forensic pod which has some very interesting specimens. Detailed anatomical models are also on display.

• Human Anatomy Laboratory – Peter Riordan: teaching Anatomy including the arterial and venous system, and organs insitu. Prosections and full bodies

• Plastination library – Robyn to present all plastinated specimens. This is an open session of self-learning.



Thursday Night Dinner

79.00 08/11/2018 7:00pm

Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret

Legendary Caluzzi Bar & Cabaret is an unforgettable dining experience. From the moment you step foot off K’ Rd and through the Caluzzi doors the girls will serve you, entertain you and have you laugh until you cry! Enjoy New Zealand’s most awarded Drag Artistes in an interactive cabaret show – with fabulous food, dazzling costumes, and disco dance music (not to mention the impressive stilettos!), you can’t go past Caluzzi Bar & Cabaret for Auckland’s ultimate dinner entertainment experience.

No dress code so be as comfortable or as outrageous as you dare too!
Located in the infamous K Road and only a short 5minute walk from the cordis hotel.

Places are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment

Doors open at 7pm and we like everyone seated by 7:45pm at the latest ready to start the show.


Half Yearly Meeting 9th November

36.00 09/11/2018 9:00am

The General Meeting will be held at Wintergarden Pavilion
Kiosk Road, Auckland Domain

Registration 9am

Meeting Starts 9.30am

Lunch 12pm before heading over to the University for the Dodge Seminar

Dress Code: Business Attire


Friday Regal Dodge Seminar

09/11/2018 1:00pm

FSTT Regal Dodge Seminar

Practical Demonstration Auckland Medical School Grafton Road Grafton Auckland

Friday 9th November 1-5pm

Presenters Mr Craig Caldwell Dodge USA & Mr Ben Whitworth Dodge UK

THCs 4 Embalming 4 Funeral Directing

There are no end of challenging cases in today's professional practice and one of the most challenging is that of the frozen and thawed body. Whether due to medical or forensic examination the frozen body needs careful preparation to enable a positive viewing to take place.

In this practical session we will look at the treatment required for successfully embalming the frozen case.

We will cover the preparation of the deceased pre- and post-embalming, review the use of different techniques for preparing and setting features. The use of high pressure and low flow when injecting the body to ensure thorough and complete tissue saturation and whether delayed aspiration is a benefit in these cases.

The use of pre-injections in these cases and how they prepare the body for receiving arterial embalming both on a practical and chemical level, advantages of pre-injections and when to use them, managing and movement of the case to avoid further damage and treatment of body condition as a result of freezing the body.

The choice of arterial chemicals co-injection and accessory chemicals to deal with frozen remains and how they can be used to overcome issues such as blisters, skin slip and discolorations.

Frozen cases can be very successfully embalmed and require specialist care to ensure a positive outcome, presenters Craig Caldwell and Ben Whitworth seek to provide an enjoyable, engaging and informative practical session.

Background Information

Craig L. Caldwell


Currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for The Dodge Company, a world recognized leader in the manufacture and development of embalming chemicals. He also serves as the Managing Director of the company’s UK and Australia divisions.

A licensed funeral director and embalmer graduated with an A.S. from the New England Institute of Anatomy, Embalming, Funeral Directing, and Sanitary Science. He also holds a B.S in Organizational Development from LesleyUniversity in Cambridge, MA.

He was formerly employed by SCI where he worked in the Human Resources department for the Northeast region of the US providing training in a variety of areas. Caldwell was also a founding member of the US Department of Homeland Security while serving as the Team Commander, Region I DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Response Team) and assisted in several disasters including the World Trade Center, Egypt and TWA Air Crashes, and the Rhode Island Night Club Fire. Prior to entering funeral service, he served as a police officer and fireman in his home town.

His current responsibilities include overseeing the International Distributors for The Dodge Company as well as providing training and educational programs. He has trained funeral service professionals in the US, UK, France, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Uganda, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Australia, New Zealand, and Colombia. Craig Caldwell has been a presenter at the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference and the Asian Funeral Expo. when he is at home, he embalms for a local funeral home.

Ben Whitworth Dip FD  MBIE  MEAE

Ben works for Dodge in the UK and represents the company across the country, calling at

crematoria and cemeteries, medical examiners ‘facilities as well as medical and veterinary anatomy departments he also works with capital equipment in the designing and building of embalming and autopsy rooms.

Ben is a qualified funeral director and embalmer and holds the CANA certificate for Crematory Operation.


Friday Night Dinner

70.00 09/11/2018 7:00pm

Come and join with us as we cruise the night away on the Auckland Harbour with Red Boat Cruises.

We will be dining on ham off the bone and your typical kiwi bbq while enjoying the beautiful sights of Auckland Harbour.

Your first 3 drinks will be included in your dinner cost but thereafter it is a cash bar, so please be prepared!

Dress casual, but a warm jacket might be good if it gets a bit cooler!

We will be leaving the hotel at 6.30pm for a departure at 7pm.