Vision and Purpose


Organisational: CANZ is New Zealand’s national professional association for celebrants which enriches celebrants, who, in turn, enrich New Zealand society.

Societal: New Zealand society accepts ceremony and ritual as a means of marking transition in families and communities


CANZ members create and facilitate ceremonies and rituals which respond to the diverse needs and values of New Zealand individuals, families and communities. In this context, our purposes are to:

  • · Support celebrants to deliver high-quality services
  • · Promote celebrancy
  • · Influence the place of ceremony in New Zealand

Membership Benefits for CANZ Celebrants

Benefits of Belonging to CANZ

Direct Benefit to you as a Celebrant

Website and Facebook

· A free listing, including photo, for you on the CANZ website –www.celebrantassociation.co.nz - a fully optimised site which appears early in any searches for celebrants.  Your listing links to your own website and email address.

· Resources on the Members’ Only section of our website: information on conducting ceremonies, book lists, downloadable certificates, conference papers, survey results and much, much more

· Access to the CANZ Facebook page

· The CANZ logo on your BDM&C listing

· Branch Pages Information

Professional Development

· Professional standards maintained and set through our Code of Ethics and Conduct, Professional Standards  and our Complaints Procedure

· Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) through Conference and Education Forum

o Our next  annual national conference is in Blenheim 15-17 May 2015

· Your own personal OPD card to record your professional development progresss

· Information and news through Panui, the official journal of CANZ

· Mentors who volunteer their time to work with new celebrants

· Public Liability Insurance cover

Branding your own Website and Materials

· Use of CANZ logo on your business cards, websites and advertising material

· Specially designed merchandise, such as folders, umbrellas, name badges, and certificate holders, specially tailored to celebrants

· Opportunities to contribute to the development of CANZ through our Strategic Planning and Branch Support

Benefits to you via your Local Branch

Your Branch provides benefits and services best delivered to celebrants at a local level

Networking Opportunities

· A network of other like-minded celebrants enabling you to have back-up in case of emergencies

Professional Development

· Learning opportunities through local Branch meetings and workshops.

· Information-sharing with colleagues


External Engagement by your National Executive

A National Executive which represents the interests of celebrant members and lobbies as appropriate

· Working relationships with key professional organisations such as BDM+C, FDANZ and education providers

· Promotion of CANZ celebrants in articles and advertisements in wedding magazines and FDANZ (Funeral Directors Association of NZ) publications

· Keeps in contact with Australian Celebrant Organisations


The detail of how CANZ operates to achieve the above Vision and Purpose are outlined in our Constitution which is updated annually at the CANZ national AGM.