10 Apr 2016

Tanczos becomes NZ's first Rastafarian marriage celebrant

11:24 am on 10 April 2016

Former Green MP Nandor Tanczos has become New Zealand's first celebrant for Rastafarian marriages.

At first the Registrar-General of Births Deaths and Marriages refused to certify him because they did not believe a Rastafarian celebrant was needed.

But when Mr Tanczos saw that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster had successfully registered the first 'pastafarian' celebrant he reapplied, and has now been licensed.

He said he had already had a number of people asking him to officiate at their weddings.

"And not just Rastafari people - Rastafari people of course - but a wide range of people actually, for who ... a standard celebrant is not what they're looking for."

Mr Tanzcos said there were about 2000 Rastafarians in New Zealand.