Fern - Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant
Celebrant Ko Aoraki te mauka. Ko Waitaki te awa. Ko Kāi Tahu whānui te iwi. Ko Moeraki te kāika. Ko Fern Whitau ahau. My mountain is Aoraki, my river is the Waitaki, my tribe is Kāi Tahu. Moeraki is where my heart is, my name is Fern Whitau. Kia ora. Since 2011 I have had the pleasure of celebrating Marriage and Civil Unions with many happy couples; I have also been greatly privileged to stand as celebrant at a number of funerals. It is extra special when I am given the opportunity to share my passion for te reo Māori in my celebrant practice. Te reo Māori is a valuable part of who we are as New Zealanders; it is appropriate and respectful that Māori names and words are pronounced correctly on such important occasions. As an intermediate speaker (B.A.Hons Te Reo Māori UC, MAOR612 CPIT, LFE level 3) I am confident that I offer correct pronunciation. I also embrace our other beautiful official reo, New Zealand Sign Language. I count myself very lucky to have celebrated a tri-lingual ceremony - Te Reo Māori, NZSL and English. Does it get any better?!