Conference 2017 - Christchurch


CANZ Conference

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May 2017

It's time to get excited and be amazed! Your CANZ National Celebrants Conference 2017 is just around the corner

THEME: Culture, Rituals & Self Care of the Celebrant 
VENUE: Chateau on the Park -Christchurch - A DoubleTree by Hilton 
DATE: May 19th, 20th, 21st 2017

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Click here to register online for Conference 2017

Click here to view our welcome to Christchurch Clip.

CANZ Conference Programme at a Glance

Friday 19th May

3.00pm Registrations Open in the Grand Foyer
Trade Displays open for viewing
4.30pm Powhiri, Karanga, Opening Ceremony
5.30pm Mix n Mingle with finger food
7.00pm Opening Remarks Carol Gunn - CANZ President, Pat Street - Chair of Canterbury Branch, Jeff Montgomery - Registrar-General and General Manager Births, Deaths, Marriages, Citizenship, Authentications and Translations, Katrina Shanks - CEO Funeral Directors Association of NZ
7.30pm Plenary Session Resilient Grieving with Dr Lucy Hone

Saturday 20th May

7.30am Registrations and Trade Displays open
8.00 am Plenary Session
Memorial Bus trip around sights of Christchurch with ceremony at white chairs memorial site. Breakfast provided on the bus. Please arrive in plenty of time to secure your seat on the bus.
10.00am Morning Tea - served back at the venue.
10.30am CANZ Annual General Meeting - Grand Hall
12.30am Notices
12.40pm Buffet Lunch
1.30 - 2.45 pm Presentations


Presentation A

Wendy Barton - How to Create a Unique Ceremony That Flows

Presentation B

Philippa Jamieson - Wiccan and Pagan Rituals

Presentation C

Master Class  - (Double session into Band 2) Lucy Campenau Rituals and Symbolism
Part One

Presentation D

Millennium Computer Services  - Advanced Technology

2.45 - 3.15pm Afternoon Tea

3.15-4.30pm Presentations


Presentation E

Lynda Hannah - Living Legacies

Presentation F
Beverly Sheppard-Wright - (Double session into Band 3) Pathways to Professionalism - My Business Part One

Presentation G
Master Class (Double session continued)  Lucy Campenau  Rituals and Symbolism Part Two

Presentation H

Sam Bennett - What Is Speaking-Made Easy?

6.30pm Pre-Dinner Drinks Foyer Convention Centre with cash bar
6.45pm Conference Cultural Dinner & Cultural Dress Evening.
Please come dressed in a traditional costume of your choice.
7.45pm Guest Speaker Sean Joyce
8.00pm Cultural Entertainment - A fun entertaining evening with a myriad of cultural groups performing - assisted by two of our very own CANZ entertainers.

Sunday 21st May

9.00 am Welcome and Notices, Trade Exhibits Open
9.15 -10.15am Plenary Session Mel Stuart on CANZ Code of Ethics
10.15am Morning tea
10.45-12.15pm Presentations


Presentation I

Master Class -Experienced Celebrants Dr Lucy Hone Sort your Own Oxygen Mask

Presentation J

Richard Tankersley - Fundamentals for Celebrants Working with Māori

Presentation K

Beverly Sheppard-Wright (Double session continued) Pathways to Professionalism-
Marketing - What Does My Business Look Like? Part Two

Presentation L

Jane GodfreyThe 3 P's of Celebrancy for Beginning Celebrants

12.15 pm Buffet Lunch (served in the pre-function space)
1.15 - 2.45pm Plenary Session Embracing Culture and Rituals in Our Ceremonies Panel Discussion Chair: Jann Hook
Panel Members: Christine Cleugh, Richard Tankersley, Philippa Jamieson
2.50 - 3.30pm Closing Ceremony

The full programme booklet will be available here really soon


Tania Johnson-Scott - Conference Co-ordinator  Email:

CANZ Biennial National Celebrants Conference 2017

Conference Teaser --Super excited to inform you about your first Conference Keynote Speaker on the Friday night. Dr Lucy Hone lives in Christchurch and is a research academic in the field of resilience/wellbeing psychology at Auckland University of Technology and also lectures worldwide. Lucy Hone's beloved daughter 12 year old Abi was killed in 2013 in a devastating car accident in Canterbury that also claimed the lives of Abi's friend Ella and Ella's mother Sally. Lucy works in the field of resilience psychology, helping ordinary people exposed to real-life traumatic situations. When faced with the incomprehensible fact of Abi's tragic death, Lucy knew that she was fighting for the survival of her sanity and her family unit. Lucy has written an amazing book called "What Abi Taught Us" (available at conference) and she shares her story and research so that others can work to regain some sense of self control and take action in the face of helpless situations. The 90 minute session will cover "Life and Death and everything in between along with "Is this helping me or harming me?"