Rachel Clarke

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Rachel Clarke

Region: Wairarapa
Mobile: 027 276 1431


Certificate in Celebrant Studies

Ceremonies Provided

  • Marriage
  • Funeral
  • Name Giving
  • Civil Union
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Anniversaries
  • Blessings
  • Commemorations
  • Commitment
  • Interment
  • Memorial/Unveiling
  • Pets and Animals
  • Elopements
  • Rites of Passage
  • Divorce

Region(s) Where I Provide Ceremonies

  • Wairarapa
  • Kapiti Coast
  • Hutt Valley
  • Wellington City

Languages Spoken

  • English

Celebrant since 2016

Sharing life's occasions together

I love working with people. I bring a warm, friendly yet professional approach  to my work as a celebrant, alongside my skills and experience as a nurse and educator.  I am committed to working with you and your family/whānau to create a ceremony that is uniquely yours, for any occasion. I believe that whatever the occasion, your story is the heart of the ceremony.  I am committed to working with diversity and individuality and their creative expression in ceremony.

Life brings to us many experiences. Commonly, we gather together to honour births, deaths and the union of two people who are joining together in love. We also celebrate milestones and achievements and through ceremony can acknowledge other challenges and transitions in our lives. I offer a willingness to work and learn alongside clients and family/whānau to develop culturally enriched ceremonies. I am committed to learning and using te Reo Māori.

I work across the wider Wellington area and the Wairarapa. I am happy to negotiate travel to alternate locations as required.

I look forward to working with you,
Ngā mihi nui,

Awhi mai - Awhi atu: sharing Love & Life together

Awhi means to embrace, cherish and surround. Tātou means we / us together.
The words Awhi mai, Awhi atu in this beautiful waiata 'E tū kahikatea' acknowledge the strength and support that we can offer to, and receive from others.

E tū kahikatea
Hei whakapae ururoa
Awhi mai, awhi atu
Tatou tatou e
Stand like the kahikatea (tree)
To brave the storms
Embrace and receive
We are one together.

E tu kahikatoa
Kare kau e hinga
Awhi mai, Awhi atu
Tatou tatou e
Stand with vigour
You will not fall
Give and receive help
We are one together

E tu Puriri
Toha ra o peka
Awhi mai, Awhi atu
Tatou tatou e (x2)
Stand like the puriri
And reach out your branches
Embrace and receive
We are one together
I acknowledge the late Hirini Melbourne (Syd) of Ngai Tuhoe as the author of this waiata. I am grateful to his daughter for giving me permission to use it.