This section contains information that does not change between releases.
Marriages and civil unions: Statistics New Zealand receives a monthly electronic file of registered marriages and civil unions from Births, Deaths and Marriages. Statistics NZ is responsible for processing and publishing statistics derived from the marriage and civil union registrations.
Divorces: Ministry of Justice provides a quarterly electronic file of orders for dissolution of marriage granted in New Zealand. The data is compiled from information collected by the family courts.
Marriages are available by territorial authority (city and district council).
Civil unions are available by broad geographic areas including Auckland, Wellington, the rest of the North Island, Canterbury, and the rest of the South Island. Auckland includes the Auckland council area. Wellington includes Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, and Wellington cities and Kapiti Coast, Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa districts. Canterbury includes Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn, Ashburton, Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate districts, and Christchurch city. The relatively small number of civil unions prohibits a more detailed geographic breakdown.
Court is the only field giving a geographic breakdown of where divorces actually occur in New Zealand. Information on the residence of the parties at the time the divorce becomes legal is not collected by Statistics NZ.
To comply with Statistics NZ's confidentiality protocols, some categories are collapsed or aggregated in tables and datasets.
More information about marriages, civil unions, and divorces is available on our website.
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