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Dr Kim Jewel Elliott AC JP

A little about me:
A warm, skilled, experienced professional, I will provide a contemporary and considered input into your special day.

My philosophy as a Celebrant is to support you as my client in having the ceremony that you would like. I am a:

  • Registered marriage celebrant

  • Registered civil union celebrant

  • Justice of the Peace for New Zealand

  • Member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand

  • Formal and informal Mentor to other Celebrants

  • Accredited celebrant, meaning I have been certified as practicing to the highest professional celebrant standards. Although there are over 2000 celebrants in New Zealand, currently only 26 are accredited nationwide.

As well as a friendly and calm personality, your choice of payment options and exquisite 100% recycled stationery as a gift to you, I bring a unique package of desirable skills to my work. As a published academic I am able to write and craft your ceremony swiftly and thoroughly. My lecturing experience means I am a confident and articulate speaker, while my love of life and of this gorgeous country means I am able to suggest a variety of ceremony locations should you be eloping. An artist's daughter, I've also had the good fortune to grow up around creativity and creative people. I'd be delighted to make your ceremony as unique and personal to you as you want it to be. Alongside my familiarity with traditional urban settings, I enjoy nature, so if you want to hike into the bush to hold your ceremony under your favourite waterfall, float in a hot air balloon over the ranges or stand on the ridge of a volcano, just ask! I am also experienced with interfaith ceremonies.

With a background in youth work and the experience of losing my own son pre-birth, I am often asked to officiate at funerals for babies, children and young people, as well as people throughout their life stages. My community counselling work supports me in providing safe funeral services for those who have suicided. I also hold expertise in the unique process of Living Funerals, where a person aware of their terminal illness chooses to have a service before their passing, enabling them to participate in the celebration and honouring of their life.

Weddings & Civil Unions:
The majority of my Celebrant work involves facilitating weddings and civil unions, and I delight in doing so. It is a joy and a privilege to stand with you and celebrate your commitment and happiness. I have performed ceremonies on cliff-tops, mountains, beaches, islands, boats, urban roof gardens, in historic homes, exclusive lodges and resorts, clubs, marae, private residences, parks, hospitals, rest homes, chapels, hotels, restaurants, vineyards, zoos, museums and art galleries. Anywhere, any way and any time you want to celebrate your relationship works for me!

My approach:
I enjoy working in relationships of mutual respect with my clients and want everyone involved to feel good about both the process and the ceremony itself. I believe in what I do and am expert at it. Ethical and excellent practice underpins all my work, as does the value of relationship. In all aspects of ceremony development and delivery I will work with you to ensure that together we create a beautiful piece of history in your journey as a couple. Am happy to provide complete media blackout and confidentiality agreement as required.

In addition to my Celebrant services my Greenlane villa, with it's high ceilings, stained glass windows and an abundance of light, is available for ceremonies of up to 20 people.

Celebrant fees and payment options:
There is no extra charge for my Celebrant services on public holidays, midnight/dawn ceremonies etc. To support both my clients and the planet I offer Traditional or Sustainable payment options. This means you choose how you wish to pay for my celebrant work; either via cash/cheque/e-banking or sustainably with skills or service of the same monetary value. Special price for ceremonies in Cornwall Park, as it is such a short walk from my home!

In brief I will:
  • Meet you at a time and location workable for both of us
  • Provide you with a number of references from recent clients.
  • Conduct a free Auckland rehearsal (wedding and civil unions only) with you and your party.
  • Ensure your ceremony is delivered to your wishes - no unsolicited surprises!
  • Match the colour and style of my attire to the theme of your event.
  • Provide you with an exquisite, custom-designed Memory Folder on the day which includes a copy of your own personal ceremony.

I am also happy to officiate outside Greater Auckland (including the Cook Islands) when expenses are met.

Feel free to check out my Celebrant page on Facebook or simply click on the link below to email me!

Contact Details:

Phone: (09) 522 1627
Mobile: (027) 227 5091

P.O. Box 109508
Auckland 1149



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Kelliher Estate fall wedding, 21-04-2014
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Kim is warm, experienced, professional and delightful. Everything everyone else wrote is true - she's the one! Outstanding amongst the many we interviewed for this pivotal role.

Mantells, 01-04-2014
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Hi Kim,

I am sure Enya has already been in touch, however I would just like to express my personal thanks to you for everything you have contributed to our wedding. I could not be happier with how the day and ceremony went. Our family and friends also loved the occasion.

Robert Shao

Great voice, great presence, 16-03-2014
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Kim is authoritative and believeable in a wedding without being patronising - the kind of person you would enjoy having a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) with. Her heart for the work and her plethora of skills, really shine through.

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