I live in Wellington, New Zealand. As well as celebrancy, I work as an MC,
speaker, social commentator, author, playwright and actor.
CELEBRANT - WEDDINGS, NAMINGS, AND FUNERALS
My warm, calm, confident personality has helped many people through ceremonies to mark those big milestones – birth, commitment, and death.
A professional celebrant since 1996, I bring the same skills to this that I do to my performing and writing work – a well-written ceremony delivered with style and ease, and a day that runs smoothly.
MC AND SPEAKER
I have been self-employed since 1990, and the key to my success is my versatility. My material is created for the client, so I spend time researching the organisation, industry and particular themes of the conference or event. I can think quickly, and keep events on schedule with warmth, humour and intelligence.
With Te Radar, I make regular appearances on Kathryn Ryan’s Nine to Noon show on RNZ National. Witty repartee, banter about current news stories have kept this slot a regular favourite with the listeners for many years.
My first book, Heartsongs: Readings for Weddings, was published by Random House New Zealand, and Random House UK in 2004, and made the top 10 best sellers’ list shortly afterwards. My second book, Lifesongs: Readings for Milestones, was published by Random House New Zealand in 2006. Both are now out of print, and can sometimes be found on Amazon, TradeMe, or eBay. My next collections of readings for ceremonies will be published soon.
My self-published book Pinky’s Poems is a collection of my own comic poetic reflections on life, love, and bad tattoos, amongst other themes.
Click here to buy Pinky’s Poems
PLAYWRIGHT AND ACTOR
I have also developed a public profile through television (as Jenny Shipley in McPhail/Gadsby), and with Lorae Parry wrote and performed our critically acclaimed Leading Ladies on stage and television.
Lorae Parry and I co-wrote, sang and acted in the musical comedies, The Truth About Love, (Circa Theatre 2003), the political satires The Candidates, (Circa Theatre 2005), and Destination Beehive (Circa Theatre 2014). Destination Beehive II is scheduled on Circa’s programme in July 2017. Our comedy Sex Drive, also made its Wellington debut at Circa in 2011.
As well, I co-wrote and co-starred in the touring shows Grumpy Old Women (2010) and Party Girls (2011).
My one-woman show Pinky Pops In is structured around my comic poems, and has been performed around the country since 2000.
In the 2004 New Year’s Honours list, I was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for my services to entertainment.
In 2011, I married Allan Abbott – and no, I didn’t officiate!