Malo e lelei, kia ora and welcome. My name is Tania Jeffs-Sevesi, eldest daughter of the late music icon, Hawaiian Steel guitarist and Patron to the Kiwileles (NZUT), Bill Sevesi. I am a Tongan-born, Maori and English descent celebrant and have done weddings for most cultures and age groups. (see Testimonials page). It gives me quite the personality, experiences and cultural protocol that brings such uniqueness to your special occasion or service. I have two sons – Matt Manukia (of which I have three grand daughters from) and Grayson.
Here is my whakapapa (ancestory)
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka (our canoe), Ko Nukutawhiti te tangata (our chief)
Ko Rahiri te tupuna (ancestor), Ko Kapowai te maunga (our mountain)
Ko Waikare Te Awa (river), Ko Te Aranga o te Pa (village), Te Huihuinga te whare (meeting place)
Ko Te Kapotai te hapu (subtribe), Ko Ngapuhi te iwi (tribe)
My ceremonies have also included young and old, first time, second or third rounders, multi-cultured, backyard, “last minute”, hotel rooftops or elopement packages. While being Auckland-based, I’ve been asked to and would welcome more bookings, outside of Auckland (once we are allowed to do so under the Covid-19 Regulations at the time).
Exciting to have done the wedding for Monique and Fraser, Married At First Sight, Season 2 also.
I also do funerals (including burial and cremation committals) and unveilings and can speak a smidgen of maori, a tad more of tongan and have a background in MC work in the music industry with an all-rounder, go-getter attitude. A mixed skillset which adds a ton of value to your special day or service, as your celebrant.
My other professional career is marketing, design and digital media.
With dad, Hall of Fame Award 2015
My celebrant training was under a very experienced celebrant of 27 years, incorporated with strong community, music entertainment, acting and presentation skills.
My Services include:
Master of Ceremonies (whether it be 100 people at a wedding or 10,000 people at an event and once we are allowed to do so under the Covid-19 Regulations at the time), Marriage, Funeral services, Elopement Packages, Renewal of Vows, Burials, Memorials, Unveilings and Digital Memorials. I also have Class 2 and Class 4 licences with P Endorsement, of which I transport to and from wedding or reception venues, all over Auckland if not officiating the wedding! Lastly… First Aid qualified.
On my big day with husband Reuben Maindonald
As a pro-active Celebrant, I am proud to be registered with CANZ. The Celebrants Association of New Zealand, have a commitment to quality service, professional standards and ethics. CANZ is New Zealand’s national professional association for celebrants which enriches celebrants, who in turn, enrich New Zealand society. Any celebrant that is CANZ registered shows dedication to upskilling and ongoing professional help and support from more experienced celebrants in the association, as we train and network with the best.
When I get the chance, I’ll go fishing anytime the opportunity arises; have overcome the “Fearfall, Stratosfear and Invader” (will never go on the Fearfall again!) at Rainbow’s End, hangout with my teenage son, nieces and nephew (lasertag, tenpin bowling, whatever); love manicures and pedicures; watch a good sci-fi or action movie. Can hold a note or two if asked to get up on stage or do the odd gig.
Lastly, am proud to have three gorgeous grand daughters aged 7, 5 and 3 years old.
Auckland, New Zealand
Mobile: +6421 750 717