Kia ora koutou. Wirihana Memorials and Headstones is a Maaori owned husband & wife operated business offering whaanau something a little different for their taonga as well as traditional granite headstones and plaques.
We offer different granite packages with lettering and porcelain photos as well as the
option of having a hand carved Oamaru limestone sculpture.
My name is Clay Wilson, of Ngati Ranginui descent. For the past 10 years I have had the honour of carving headstones for whaanau all over Aotearoa.
My wife,Kylie Wilson, of Ngati Porou descent, is the image and plaque designer. Kylie designs and creates plaques and headstones with optional graphics/ photos to add that personal touch.
Our pieces can be freighted to most parts of New Zealand, but pick ups by whaanau are welcome.
From this website you can choose:
Kia ora ,
My name is Clay Wilson the owner / carver of Wirihana Memorials & Headstones . I am just letting whanau know that although we are going through tough times with the Covid 19 lockdowns that business for me is very much going forward. I am now carving from my home / bubble in Hamilton.
My wife and I would like to thank all the whanau that we have had the honour of carving & producing taonga for in the few years and look forward to working with whanau in the future.
Please feel free to go through our website and contact me if there is a piece / package that you would like to purchase.
Nga mihi & stay safe whanau
" We commissioned Clay to sculpt a special piece for our Dad's headstone. He was amazing to deal with, always responding to our MANY questions etc., he was a true professional and created the piece we had dreamed about for our special, heartfelt reason. Thank you so much Clay, we would happily recommend you to anyone wanting a truly exquisite piece of work. We will always be so grateful for the job you did for us! Good luck and god bless" - The Bassett/ Larkins whanau (commissioned memorial stone)
" My Dad just arrived back from picking the 2 headstones up and WOW! From the bottom of my heart thank you so much. My heart was smiling wide when they came out of the car. They are absolutely stunning! My Papa passed away last year and he never married nor did he have children so my cousin and I have taken on the responsibility of putting on his unveiling for him. I must admit it has been quite a tough journey but when I saw the pieces you made for us it made everything all worth it. Its exactly what we had in mind. My Papa & Koro would be so happy with your work. I most definitely will be recommending you to others. Once again, thank you so much! Nga mihi nui kia koe mo to mahi tino ataahua" S. Pirere (commissioned memorial stone)
"This is just what I envisaged! I'm such a big softy I burst into tears... happy ones! Such a stunning and amazing tribute to my Mum & Dad for their beloved Ratana faith. Yes, you did good alright" M. Sexton (commissioned memorial piece)
" I just wanted to thank you again, the headstone is a piece of art. I'm sorry I didn't say so much but I'm at risk of ending up in tears" C. Taylor (commissioned memorial piece)
" All I have to say is WOW! It has by far exceeded my expectations, and I have high standards! Beautiful indeed... thank you so much" T. Ririnui
" Beautiful mahi done by an awesome guy. The tikanga and kaupapa behind the stone tells a story which connected with who and what my Papa stood for. Kia ora bro for the beautiful mahi" J. Lee
" I had been looking for so long to find the perfect stone for my son, and this is it. Thank you so much, highly recommend" T. Amoroa Davis
" Got our memorial stone today. Super happy with it. This guy has got some serious skills and was such a great bargain. Chur bro!" M. TeWhata
" You know that feeling when you buy something based on a picture and when you get it its not quite what you imagined? Well this was not the case, in fact the sculptures are more beautiful. You are a very talented person and I will probably be doing business with you again"
" Wow, what a fabulous piece. Its the talk of everyone who comes to visit. Super well packaged so no chance in it coming to harm. If you are thinking of buying his work don't hesitate as they are really amazing"
" I can highly recommend Clay in supplying your next headstone, the end product is absolutely stunning. You will find Clay very accommodating when deciding on your piece, thanks Clay, love your work"