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Becoming a Marriage Celebrant



Application for Appointment

If you wish to become a Marriage Celebrant please post your expression of interest to Births, Deaths and Marriages, ensuring you include:
  • Your name;
  • Phone number;
  • Postal address;
  • Email address;
  • If you belong to a church or organisation, its name; or
  • If you wish to be an independent celebrant (a person appointed solely on the basis of community service and independent from a church or religious organisation); and
  • Any other relevant details that you wish to include.
New Zealand has a large number of Marriage Celebrants already in place. In your expression of interest please state clearly why an additional appointment may be necessary in the locality you reside.

Once our office receives your expression of interest, you will be contacted by post.

As part of the appointment process a Registrar of Marriages may interview you.

There is no charge for appointment.

Please note that holding other positions of responsibility (such as being a Justice of the Peace), or completing a Certificate in Celebrant Studies at Auckland University of Technology, does not automatically entitle you to be appointed as a marriage celebrant.

As an appointed Marriage Celebrant your name and address will be published in the New Zealand Gazette.

For further information on the role of a Marriage Celebrant in New Zealand view or print out Marriage Celebrant: A guide to the role of Marriage Celebrant in New Zealand.

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