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By David Beck
KING COUNTRY’S newest celebrant can’t wait to help
people get the most out of their special events.
After more than 30 years as a hairdresser in Te Kuiti, Su-
zie Hoare feels she has the skills and knowledge required to
perform her new role.
The former owner of Shear Art Hair Design in Te Kuiti
says she knows how to work and deal with different people
As a hairdresser she believes she has developed communica-
tion and listening skills that will help in her role as a celebrant.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of weddings and a couple of
people suggested I could be a celebrant,” she says.
“I looked it up online. Physically I’m not able to do as much
hairdressing as I used to and while I help out on our farm,
I didn’t want to be doing that fulltime, which I’m sure most
farmer’s wives can appreciate.”
Last year, Mrs Hoare began a certificate in celebrant stud-
ies, which includes modules on ceremony and celebration,
marriage and civil union, funerals, grief, crisis and change
and professional practice. She is currently finishing this off.
Being a celebrant does not just involve doing weddings,
it also includes citizenship ceremonies, placenta burials,
christenings, baptisms, anniversaries, funerals, engagements
“Basically anything where you want someone to facilitate
something a bit more formal,” says Mrs Hoare.
“I didn’t know there were that many services, but it has
made me realise how important it was to do the training.
“It’s a community thing. I’ve always been a person who
wants to do her part for the community. I love the idea of
commitment, marriage and love.”
She is looking forward to translating couples’ ideas and
dreams into “well-crafted, memorable ceremonies”.
“Most people know how they want the ceremony to feel –
whether they want it to be romantic, sophisticated or relaxed
but they are not sure how to get there,” she says.
“So that’s what a celebrant does.
“It’s important to be an individual and have your own style.
It won’t suit everybody but that’s why it’s good to have a good
balance of celebrants in the community.”
She has two weddings booked for 2018 and has been ap-
proached by hairdressing clients, who are terminally ill, to
help them with their funeral services.
“ That’s been a part of it I never thought I would enjoy, but
it is such a special thing,” she says.
“I don’t know if that’s strange but it’s celebrating a life rather
than being morbid about death.
“I believe they are transitioning to another life – a saying
they have at celebrant school is ‘it must be great because people
never come back’.
“It’s been an absolute privilege to help families through
“ They know I’m very new at it and I’m not saying I’m the
best at it, but I’m open to their ideas and prepared to listen.”
“My goal would be that people look back on their experi-
ence being married and say that I listened, I made it fun, I put
together something suitable just for them, and I managed all
situations” she says.
“This is a wonderful supportive community and I just hope
they give me the opportunity to be good at it.”
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NEW celebrant Suzie Hoare of Te Kuiti is looking forward to supporting
the North King Country community in her role. PHOTO THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
Celebrant can’t wait to help
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