Requesting assistance in support of application to become a celebrant. :)


Most of you know me as the Ahuroa Grapevine administrator, some of you know me personally.  This note is more to those who know me, but everyone is welcome to respond.

I’m seeking support for my application to become an independent marriage celebrant. – In order for my application to be successful it needs to fulfil the following criteria:

To become a celebrant, I need to show that:

  • I’m of good character
  • I’ll conscientiously perform the duties of a celebrant, and
  • making me a celebrant is in the interest of my community or the general public.

To show this, when I apply I need:

  • at least 4 letters of support from people in my community
  • 2 referees to complete the Good character form
  • a copy of your criminal conviction history.

(I can take care of the last two of those, I need some assistance with the first one)… If you would like to come act in support of me doing this, then I would welcome your help please.

Without telling you what to write, I would ask that if you want to provide a letter of support for me, then you might write a formal letter, with your details appropriately provided at the top, dated, and addressed ‘To whom it may concern,’.

You might like to include some personal indications as to why you feel I might do a reasonable job, you might like to reflect on some of the community based work / effort I have put in, both in terms of the Grapevine, and perhaps also my ability to commit to, and see things through (such as the internet supply commissioning through Stratanet etc).??

Anyway, I’m hoping that I might be able to find some support for this (x4). If you would like to help me, then please consider sending me a letter of support which you would be happy for me to use, please either email it to me (in Word Document format, signed to [email protected]  or print it and drop it off to me at 57 Martin Access Rd.

Thank you very much in advance, regards,

Chris Wiltshire, your Ahuroa Grapevine Admin…

Christmas time – time to stay vigilant.

Hi everyone,

Merry Christmas from the team here at the Grapevine.Just a reminder that as Christmas rolls around, this time of year is particularly important for us to stay vigilant, keep your eyes open on behalf of yourselves and all of our neighbours for any odd, suspicious activity. If you do see something, slow down, stop, take note of things, number plates; photos etc if you can, then be sure to report it to the police. Call 111 for all police matters, they will direct you as appropriate. – If you would prefer to offer information anonymously, you can do this through the Crime stoppers: 0800 555 111 -or-

We still have some Rural Neighbourhood support signs available if anyone would like to erect some fresh signage anywhere in the area? – Reply to this email and let me know if you want one. This time of year does tend to attract more problems, so we’ve got to look out for one another.

It’s also a good time to drop in on any elderly neighbours and check in on them, make sure that they’re ok. It can be a lonely time for those who have lost loved ones, and perhaps the offer of some company or for them to join in some of your plans might go a very long way. 🙂

If you’re planning on taking a trip away from home for an extended period of time, it helps to let your trusted neighbours know of your plans so that they can keep a closer eye on your property for you.

Stay safe everyone, and have a really good holiday period!

Your Ahuroa Grapevine team.

Neighbourhood Support – Various, including Newsletters.

Various Neighbourhood Support items:

1) The Police are planning to have a Crime Prevention Display Caravan at Muriwai 2nd to the 8th of January and the 9th to the 12th January at Mangawhai. If you would like to volunteer to help at either display even an hour or so then contact Margaret at [email protected] or txt or ring 0212583737

2) Rodney Neighbourhood Support – Christmas Newsletter (Click to open PDF)

3) NSNZ Spring Newsletter (Click to open PDF)