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Get celebrant training, support and information

Celebrants can get support and information, and opportunities for professional development.

Update: 1 December 2020: New independent celebrant applicants — interview requirements

From 1 December 2020, applicants will be required to perform a practice ceremony. Read more about what is required in Become an independent celebrant: 3. What is required.

The guide ‘Marriage and civil union celebrants: a guide to the role of celebrants in New Zealand’ in the following section has also been updated.

Guide to the role of celebrants in NZ

Review of appointment process for independent marriage and civil union celebrants

The ‘Report on the review of appointment process for independent marriage and civil union celebrants’ summarises the review of the current operational policies and administrative processes for appointments of independent celebrants under the Marriage Act 1955, and Civil Union Act 2004.

Also available is the ‘Findings of Survey of Independent Celebrants conducted in January 2020’, which is referenced in the report.

Report on the review of appointment process for independent marriage and civil union celebrants (184 KB)

Findings of Survey of Independent Celebrants conducted in January 2020 (2.4 MB)

Associations and training

Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ)

Through the Celebrants Association, you can get support and opportunities for education and professional development.

Celebrants Association of New Zealand

The Celebrant School NZ – Te Wānanga Korowai Aroha

The Celebrant School NZ – Te Wānanga Korowai Aroha offers training in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The Celebrant School NZ – Te Wānanga Korowai Aroha

The Celebrants Training College

The Celebrants Training College offers training throughout New Zealand.

Celebrants Training College

Celebrants’ newsletter

Ngātahi is the newsletter for marriage and civil union celebrants.

Ngātahi — 11 December 2020

Ngātahi — 29 October 2020

Ngātahi — 16 October 2020

Ngātahi — Celebrant renewal 2021

Ngātahi — 8 September 2020

Ngātahi — 11 May 2020

Ngātahi — 27 April 2020

Ngātahi (update) — 12 April 2020

Ngātahi — 12 April 2020

Ngātahi — 20 March 2020

Ngātahi — 22 January 2020

Ngātahi — 15 January 2020

Celebrants’ newsletters 2019

Celebrants’ newsletters 2018

Celebrants’ newsletters 2017

Celebrants’ newsletters 2016

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