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Marriages, Civil Unions, and Divorces: Year ended December 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  03 May 2017
Key facts
In 2016:

Marriages and civil unions

  • 20,235 marriages and civil unions were registered to New Zealand residents – of these, 483 were same-sex marriages or civil unions.
  • 14,328 were first marriages and civil unions; 5,865 were remarriages and civil unions; and 42 couples (both same-sex and opposite-sex) transferred from a civil union to a marriage or vice versa.
  • The general marriage rate was 10.9 marriages and civil unions per 1,000 mean estimated population aged 16+ who are not married or in a civil union (transfers to and from marriage or civil union are excluded).
  • An additional 2,961 marriages or civil unions were registered to overseas residents – of these, 471 were same-sex marriages or civil unions. 

Divorces

  • 8,100 married and 69 civil union couples were granted divorces in New Zealand.
  • There were 8.7 divorces for every 1,000 estimated existing marriages and civil unions.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-055X 
3 May 2017

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