Teuila Louise Michal McKay

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Teuila Louise Michal (Michal) McKay

Region: Hawkes Bay
Mobile: 021 634 881


Ceremonies Provided

  • Marriage
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Anniversaries
  • Memorial/Unveiling
  • Pets and Animals

Region(s) Where I Provide Ceremonies

  • North Shore
  • Auckland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Napier
  • Hastings

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian

Celebrant since 2018

MICHAL MCKAY - CELEBRANT

Michal's life has been spent in many parts of the world where she has worked in various capacities as a marketing director, editor and editorial director, creative director and author. Her focus has been on lifestyle - profiles, homes, gardens, food, fashion and beauty. And covered all areas of the media: community newspapers (she was Editorial Director for Courier newspapers in Sydney) TV, radio, retail, entertainment and glossy magazines. A career which stemmed from her natural interest in other people, their lives and how they lived them - and the desire to enhance those lives through constructive editorial and creative mentoring. Her roles have required her to become experienced in public speaking in an Executive capacity - but she is equally as comfortable communicating with one or two; her many positions in the communications field have provided this experience.
She comes from a typical New Zealand background. Her mother was part Samoan and recognised for her strong contributions to the community through establishing PACIFICA, the women's organisation designed to assist Polynesian families integrating into the New Zealand way of life; PPSEAWA (Pan Pacific South East Asian Women's Association) where she ultimately became the global Ambassador for Peace attending conferences throughout the world; Auckland City Councillor and a primary school education programme for Pacific Island schools called Te Araanga devised to teach values through the interpretation of traditional stories in mime, song and movement. Her father returned from World War 11 with TB, lost a lung and spent five years in hospitals and sanatoriums; ultimately recovering to become a company director - so Michal's understanding of the realities of life were learned at an early age.
Following her own education in Christchurch and Auckland, Michal trained as a cadet reporter with the NZ Herald before embarking on her journalistic career. She has retained a very level approach to any situation - something which has allowed her to travel extensively around the world through her work and she has lived in London, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Istanbul ultimately returning to New Zealand to be closer to her mother some thirteen years ago. This experience has provided her with a broad understanding of multi-cultural societies where she has deftly navigated her way through managerial and communication roles in countries of vastly different beliefs and methods of operation.
When she returned to NZ her mother was living in Rarotonga and Michal had spent two decades visiting the Cook Islands on a regular basis from whatever part of the world she was living, thus gaining another insight into the Pacific Islands people and their way of life. When Michal formed her own company it also allowed her to participate in community driven projects - she headed up the team in NZ assigned to Cook Islands tourism; she was a Board member of Look Good Feel Better - the charity which supports women with cancer - for several years as well as participating in the formation and implementation of the World Child Cancer Charitable Trust as a committee member - organising fundraising for the medical teams responsible for treating children with cancer in the Pacific. Her love of the arts is deep - until her move to Hawke's Bay she was a consultant to the RNZB, wrote for VIVA magazine; established LIVE magazine for the Edge; produced a full support programme for the Auckland Museum's Wonderland exhibition based on arts and crafts; she is a committee member of the Arts Society in Hawke's Bay as well as being a member of the Working Group assigned by the Hastings Council to the development of the Opera House Precinct. She is also a financial supporter of the Harcourt's Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival and an enthusiastic attendee. Michal has also contributed regularly to Bay Buzz, one of the local magazines as an Associate Editor. This has provided her with a knowledge of the Hawke's Bay way of life - its issues, its culture, its people - in a relatively short space of time. And she has recently taken the role as Editorial Director with Living Hawke's Bay which continues to immerse her in the Bay community in all its aspects.
Michal has all the qualities required to make an Independent Celebrant in our Hawke's Bay community - she has developed a strong understanding of the way of life in the Bay whether the social, economic, cultural or visual. Her own sense of style and empathy with a broad social structure gives her an understanding of what would be a suitable ceremony for any couple or family - one which will provide the happiest of memories because her instincts ensure she can produce the best possible occasion for whomever she is officiating.

MICHAL MCKAY - CELEBRANT

Michal's life has been spent in many parts of the world where she has worked in various capacities as a marketing director, editor and editorial director, creative director and author. Her focus has been on lifestyle - profiles, homes, gardens, food, fashion and beauty. And covered all areas of the media: community newspapers (she was Editorial Director for Courier newspapers in Sydney) TV, radio, retail, entertainment and glossy magazines. A career which stemmed from her natural interest in other people, their lives and how they lived them - and the desire to enhance those lives through constructive editorial and creative mentoring. Her roles have required her to become experienced in public speaking in an Executive capacity - but she is equally as comfortable communicating with one or two; her many positions in the communications field have provided this experience.
She comes from a typical New Zealand background. Her mother was part Samoan and recognised for her strong contributions to the community through establishing PACIFICA, the women's organisation designed to assist Polynesian families integrating into the New Zealand way of life; PPSEAWA (Pan Pacific South East Asian Women's Association) where she ultimately became the global Ambassador for Peace attending conferences throughout the world; Auckland City Councillor and a primary school education programme for Pacific Island schools called Te Araanga devised to teach values through the interpretation of traditional stories in mime, song and movement. Her father returned from World War 11 with TB, lost a lung and spent five years in hospitals and sanatoriums; ultimately recovering to become a company director - so Michal's understanding of the realities of life were learned at an early age.
Following her own education in Christchurch and Auckland, Michal trained as a cadet reporter with the NZ Herald before embarking on her journalistic career. She has retained a very level approach to any situation - something which has allowed her to travel extensively around the world through her work and she has lived in London, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Istanbul ultimately returning to New Zealand to be closer to her mother some thirteen years ago. This experience has provided her with a broad understanding of multi-cultural societies where she has deftly navigated her way through managerial and communication roles in countries of vastly different beliefs and methods of operation.
When she returned to NZ her mother was living in Rarotonga and Michal had spent two decades visiting the Cook Islands on a regular basis from whatever part of the world she was living, thus gaining another insight into the Pacific Islands people and their way of life. When Michal formed her own company it also allowed her to participate in community driven projects - she headed up the team in NZ assigned to Cook Islands tourism; she was a Board member of Look Good Feel Better - the charity which supports women with cancer - for several years as well as participating in the formation and implementation of the World Child Cancer Charitable Trust as a committee member - organising fundraising for the medical teams responsible for treating children with cancer in the Pacific. Her love of the arts is deep - until her move to Hawke's Bay she was a consultant to the RNZB, wrote for VIVA magazine; established LIVE magazine for the Edge; produced a full support programme for the Auckland Museum's Wonderland exhibition based on arts and crafts; she is a committee member of the Arts Society in Hawke's Bay as well as being a member of the Working Group assigned by the Hastings Council to the development of the Opera House Precinct. She is also a financial supporter of the Harcourt's Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival and an enthusiastic attendee. Michal has also contributed regularly to Bay Buzz, one of the local magazines as an Associate Editor. This has provided her with a knowledge of the Hawke's Bay way of life - its issues, its culture, its people - in a relatively short space of time. And she has recently taken the role as Editorial Director with Living Hawke's Bay which continues to immerse her in the Bay community in all its aspects.
Michal has all the qualities required to make an Independent Celebrant in our Hawke's Bay community - she has developed a strong understanding of the way of life in the Bay whether the social, economic, cultural or visual. Her own sense of style and empathy with a broad social structure gives her an understanding of what would be a suitable ceremony for any couple or family - one which will provide the happiest of memories because her instincts ensure she can produce the best possible occasion for whomever she is officiating.