Marriage (registered): Before 19 August 2013 a marriage involved the act, ceremony, or process by which the legal relationship of husband and wife was constituted. From 19 August 2013 a marriage involves the act, ceremony, or process by which the legal relationship of two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, is constituted. In New Zealand, marriage may be solemnised either by a celebrant or before a registrar of marriages. A licence must be obtained from a registrar before a marriage by a celebrant can be solemnised, and notice must be given by one of the parties to a registrar.
Civil Union (registered): The act, ceremony or process by which the legal relationship of two people is constituted. A civil union may be entered into by couples of the same sex or by couples of different sexes. In New Zealand, a civil union may be solemnised either by a civil union celebrant or before a registrar of civil unions. A licence must be obtained from a registrar before a civil union can be solemnised, and notice must be given by one of the parties to a registrar. The first civil unions were celebrated on 29 April 2005.
The geographic area is where partner 2 lives. Partner 2 is the person whose details appear in the right had column of the ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ form (the marriage license application). For most couple (more than 80%) both partners give the same address.
Data relates to marriages and civil unions registered in New Zealand by date of registration.
Overseas vs New Zealand residence is based on the address of partner two.
At URL provided, select 'Population > Marriages, Civil Unions, and Divorces - VSM > Marriages and civil unions by geographic area, same-sex and opposite-sex (Annual-Dec)'. All variables were selected to create this dataset.
From the dataset Marriages, Civil Unions, and Divorces: Marriages and civil unions by geographic area, same-sex and opposite-sex 2020, this data was extracted:
Provided: 336 data points
Dataset originally released on:
August 05, 2021
Method of collection/Data provider
Stats NZ receive a monthly electronic file of registered marriages and civil unions from Births, Deaths, and Marriages. Stats NZ are responsible for processing and publishing statistics derived from the marriage and civil union registrations.