Jeneane Hobby

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Jeneane (Jeneane) Hobby

Region: Canterbury
Mobile: 027 289 1380



Ceremonies Provided

  • Marriage
  • Funeral
  • Name Giving
  • Civil Union
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Anniversaries
  • Compere
  • Commitment
  • Elopements
  • Rites of Passage
  • Divorce

Region(s) Where I Provide Ceremonies

  • Wellington City
  • West Coast
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch City
  • Akaroa

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Celebrant since 2017

For most of my adult life I have been interested in ritual and ceremony. I have made a point of marking seasonal change and traditional festivals either with friends and family, or alone. I have often travelled around New Zealand and even across the World to participate in traditional ceremonial events.

An interest in the history of both British and Māori ritual has made it possible for me to craft meaningful ceremonial occasions for family rites of passage including my own wedding, our re-commitment ten years on, and my husband’s funeral in our own garden. The ceremony that had prompted me to become a registered celebrant – my sister’s wedding in 2017 – also took place in my garden... the garden we both grew up in.

My background is in horticulture and student-led education. Before I married and travelled I learned my trade as a local authority gardener, studied Horticulture at Lincoln College as it was then, and then became head gardener for a Christchurch factory with a reputation for prize-winning show gardens.  During full time motherhood I worked in a volunteer capacity alongside my children, their peers and staff at Discovery 1 School and Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti (now Ao Tawhiti) in Christchurch. It was here that I developed a better understanding of tikanga Māori as well as helping to plan various school activities. Closer to home I chair the committee responsible for the care of the deconsecrated, listed heritage church in my village. The Ashley Community Church is of course available for weddings, sacred or secular.

I am particularly interested in ceremonies that incorporate the natural world and tread gently on the environment. Are you?