Get celebrant training, support and information
Celebrants can get support and information, and opportunities for professional development.
The Department of Internal Affairs currently has reduced staffing capacity due to COVID-19.
Celebrant interviews are temporarily on hold. Applications are still being processed, but with minor delays. There is no urgent service.
Guide to the role of celebrants in New Zealand
- Marriage and civil union celebrants: a guide to the role of celebrants in New Zealand (PDF 543KB)
- Marriage and civil union celebrants: a guide to the role of celebrants in New Zealand accessible alternative (TXT 25KB)
Review of the appointment process for independent marriage and civil union celebrants
The below report on the review of the 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 the 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 (PDF 184KB)
- Findings of survey of independent celebrants conducted in January 2020 (PDF 2.4MB)
Associations and training
Celebrants' Association of New Zealand (Celebrants Aotearoa)
Through Celebrants Aotearoa, you can get support and opportunities for education and professional development.
The Celebrant School – Te Wānanga Korowai Aroha
The Celebrant School offers training in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The Celebrants Training College
The Celebrants Training College offers training throughout New Zealand.
Ngātahi is the newsletter for marriage and civil union celebrants.
Celebrants’ newsletters 2021
Celebrants’ newsletters 2020
Ngātahi — Celebrant renewal 2021
Ngātahi (update) — 12 April 2020
Celebrants’ newsletters 2019
Celebrants’ newsletters 2018
Celebrants’ newsletters 2017
Celebrants’ newsletters 2016
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