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Enriching Celebrants - Enriching New Zealand
The Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ) provides access to professional celebrants with a commitment to quality service, professional standards and ethics.
We pride ourselves on offering creative and innovative ceremonies for all occasions, including weddings, funerals, name giving, civil unions, business and community events, family occasions and rites of passage, and catering to a wide range of nationalities, cultural and spiritual beliefs.
CANZ Conference at Wellington 24-26 May 2013
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Why Choose a Celebrant who belongs to the Celebrants Association of NZ (CANZ)?
If you are a member of the public and you are looking for a top-class celebrant for your upcoming special occasion, then you have come to the right place! CANZ celebrants are skilled professionals who endeavour to design a ceremony that expresses the meaning of your event and which reflects your personal style, values and beliefs. With special ceremonies (see full list on the Celebrants tab) you only get one chance to get it right, so it's essential to choose a celebrant who understands your wishes. CANZ celebrants have made a commitment to professional standards, education, and ethics, and they strive to deliver excellent service.
Looking for a Celebrant Near You?
You can find a celebrant near you by using the green-gold search box at the top right of every page and searching by region or ceremony type. Alternatively, if you are seeking a particular celebrant you have used before, or who has been recommended to you, click on the Celebrants A - Z button at the top of each page, and search by surname.
Visiting from Overseas for a Wedding or Civil Union?
If you are visiting from overseas, New Zealand is a beautiful scenic destination, and many couples choose this as an ideal location for their wedding or civil union, or a romantic opportunity for a renewal of their vows. In April 2013 New Zealand Parliament voted in favour of extending the Marriage Act to include same-sex marriages. The new provisions will take effect from late August 2013. Members of the Celebrants Association of NZ can assist overseas couples with planning and organising their ceremony. For more info click here.
Marriage Ammendment Act 2013 Update
The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 has received Royal assent and will come into force by 19 August 2013.
New notification of intention of marriage forms will be available during the week of 12 August.
Same-sex couples can give notice no earlier than Friday 16 August. The marriage licence and associated documents will be ready for collection no earlier than Monday 19 August or, if for a Registry Office ceremony, it cannot occur before 19 August.
Questions and Answers (these will be updated as required over the next 4 months):
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Are you a CANZ Celebrant?
If you are a CANZ celebrant looking for the latest information on events around the country, visit the Celebrants' Event Calendar under the About CANZ tab. For professional resources, log in to the Members Only section using your regular email address and password (or the forgotten password key if necessary). We have upgraded this section to include downloadable material and other useful information for your practice. Your feedback and further suggestions are always very welcome!
Wanting to be a Celebrant?
If you are wishing to become a celebrant, click here for further information.
Want to Become a Member of CANZ?
If you already practice as a celebrant for any type of ceremony, we urge you to become a member of CANZ. As an organisation, we are promoting the role of celebrants and the vital service they can provide in contemporary NZ society. Some sectors of the wider public have a very limited understanding of ceremony and ritual, and we are taking steps to remedy this. Clearly there is strength in numbers and we would welcome your involvement in helping to raise awareness of contemporary celebrancy and becoming part of a vibrant professional association. To join us click on the "Join CANZ" tab at the top of the page, complete the details on the Membership application form and press ‘Submit'. You will be contacted by the member of our Executive Committee who holds the Membership portfolio.
As President, I bring to my role a very clear vision of the contribution celebrants make in helping individuals, families, organisations and society articulate what matters most in their lives. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. reputedly said, "The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least". Celebrants are at the forefront of this endeavour!
If you have any queries please contact us:
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Written correspondence can be mailed to:
Celebrants Association of New Zealand
PO Box 27192
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Only members are legally entitled to use "CANZ" on their promotional material.
If you are unsure if your celebrant is a CANZ member please check our listings. The contents of personal websites do not necessarily reflect the view or opinions of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (Inc).