Marriage, civil unions, anniversaries, life celebrations, funerals and memorials are the common life events we acknowledge with family, friends and the wider community. While we are most familiar with the use of ceremony to acknowledge births, deaths or weddings, we can also celebrate or acknowledgeother milestones, achievements, challenges and transitions in our lives with ceremony.

I will work with you to create a ceremony that suits the occasion and reflects your needs and wishes.
In general the process of developing a ceremony with you will look something like this.

1. No obligation informal meeting or phone call
2. Confirmation of booking 
- contract signed & deposit paid
- your date is now confirmed
3. Planning meetings (1 -2 or more depending on need)
4. Ceremony draft sent to you for feedback
- feedback and changes may take place via email/phone calls
5. Rehearsal - this is essential for weddings but may not always be appropriate or necessary for other ceremonies
6. Ceremony 
7. Feedback will be requested 4-6 weeks after the delivery of your ceremony

Ceremony and community

Ceremonies provide the opportunity to acknowledge an important life event in a meaningful and symbolic way.
This beautiful waiata E tu kahikatea acknowledges the belonging and support that we share as family, friends and community. In te reo Māori, awhi means to embrace, cherish and surround. Tātou means we / us together.

 E tū kahikatea

E tu kahikatea
Hei whakapae ururoa
Awhi mai awhi atu
Tatou tatou e

E tu kahikatoa 
Kare kau e hinga 
Awhi mai Awhi atu 
Tatou tatou e

E tu Puriri
Toha ra o peka
Awhi mai Awhi atu
Tatou tatou e (x2)


Stand like the kahikatea (tree)
To brave the storms
Embrace and receive
We are one together.

Stand with vigour
You will not fall
Give and receive help
We are one together

Stand like the puriri
And reach out your branches
Embrace and receive
We are one together

I acknowledge the late Hirini (Syd) Melbourne of Ngai Tuhoe as the author of this waiata. 
I am grateful to his daughter for giving me permission to use it. 

Awhi mai - Awhi atu 

sharing Love & Life together

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