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2013 Census tables about a place:
New Zealand

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Relationship status

Legally registered relationship status

2013 Census

Legally registered relationship status of people in New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Legally registered relationship status New Zealand Percent
Never married(1) 1,068,498 35.0
Married (not separated) 1,469,814 48.1
Separated(2) 106,248 3.5
Divorced or dissolved(3) 240,888 7.9
Widowed(4) 171,312 5.6
Total people stated 3,056,763 100.0
Not elsewhere included(5) 319,656 ...
Total people 3,376,416 ...

1. Includes people never in a civil union.
2. Includes people who are still legally married or in a civil union but permanently separated.  
3. Includes dissolved marriages (also known as divorced) and dissolved civil unions.
4. Includes surviving civil union partners.
5. Consists of response unidentifiable, not stated, and joined in a civil union (not separated).
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over.
See information on relationship status
Symbol: … not applicable
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Legally registered relationship status of Māori in New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Legally registered relationship status New Zealand Percent
Never married(1) 204,039 56.4
Married (not separated) 101,961 28.2
Separated(2) 17,550 4.8
Divorced or dissolved(3) 23,703 6.5
Widowed(4) 14,778 4.1
Total people stated 362,031 100.0
Not elsewhere included(5) 34,254 ...
Total people 396,288 ...

1. Includes people never in a civil union.
2. Includes people who are still legally married or in a civil union but permanently separated.  
3. Includes dissolved marriages (also known as divorced) and dissolved civil unions.
4. Includes surviving civil union partners.
5. Consists of response unidentifiable, not stated, and joined in a civil union (not separated).
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
See information on relationship status
Symbol: … not applicable
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Legally registered relationship status of people in New Zealand
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Legally registered relationship status(1)(2) 2001 2006 2013
Never married(3) 883,674 991,320 1,068,498
Married (not separated) 1,338,573 1,414,536 1,469,814
Separated(4) 107,256 108,228 106,248
Divorced or dissolved(5) 186,546 222,141 240,888
Widowed(6) 176,343 174,813 171,312
Total people stated 2,692,389 2,911,035 3,056,763
Not elsewhere included(7) 197,145 249,336 319,656
Total people 2,889,537 3,160,374 3,376,416

1. Previously legal marital status.
2. Information on civil unions was first collected in the 2006 Census.
3. Includes people never in a civil union.
4. Includes people who are still legally married or in a civil union but permanently separated.
5. Includes dissolved marriages (also known as divorced) and dissolved civil unions.
6. In 2006, this category was widowed or bereaved civil union partner. Includes surviving civil union partners.
7. In 2001, consisted of response unidentifiable and not stated. In 2006 and 2013, consisted of response unidentifiable, not stated, and joined in a civil union (not separated)
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over.
See information on relationship status
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Legally registered relationship status of Māori in New Zealand
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Legally registered relationship status(1)(2) 2001 2006 2013
Never married (3) 164,454 182,004 204,039
Married (not separated) 93,939 96,546 101,961
Separated(4) 17,418 18,312 17,550
Divorced or dissolved(5) 18,717 22,026 23,703
Widowed(6) 13,011 13,701 14,778
Total people stated 307,539 332,586 362,031
Not elsewhere included(7) 22,260 32,820 34,254
Total people 329,799 365,406 396,288

1. Previously legal marital status.
2. Information on civil unions was first collected in the 2006 Census.
3. Includes people never in a civil union
4. Includes people who are still legally married or in a civil union but permanently separated.
5. Includes dissolved marriages (also known as divorced) and dissolved civil unions.
6. In 2006, this category was widowed or bereaved civil union partner. Includes surviving civil union partners.
7. In 2001, consisted of response unidentifiable and not stated. In 2006 and 2013, consisted of response unidentifiable, not stated, and joined in a civil union (not separated)
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
See information on relationship status
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Partnership status in current relationship

2013 Census

Partnership status in current relationship of people in New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Partnership status New Zealand Percent
Partnered    
Spouse(1) 1,430,379 45.6
De facto partner(2) 409,380 13.0
Partnered, nfd(3) 60,882 1.9
Total partnered 1,900,638 60.6
Non-partnered    
Never married(4) 752,868 24.0
Separated (marriage or civil union)(5) 79,695 2.5
Divorced or dissolved(6) 153,120 4.9
Widowed(7) 147,591 4.7
Non-partnered, nfd 104,856 3.3
Total non-partnered 1,238,133 39.4
Total people stated 3,138,771 100.0
Not stated 237,648
Total people 3,376,419

1. Applies only to married people, not those in civil unions.
2. A person who usually resides with another as a couple in a relationship in the nature of marriage or civil union and who is not married to, or in a civil union with, the other person. This was known as partnered – other partnership in previous censuses.
3. Consists of partnered, not further defined, and civil union partner.
4. Includes people never in a civil union.
5. Includes people who are still legally married or in a civil union but permanently separated.
6. Includes dissolved marriages (also known as divorced) and dissolved civil unions.
7. Includes surviving civil union partners.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over.
nfd = not further defined.
See information on relationship status
Symbol: … not applicable
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Partnership status in current relationship of Māori in New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Partnership status New Zealand Percent
Partnered    
Spouse(1) 97,734 25.7
De facto partner(2) 71,475 18.8
Partnered, nfd(3) 8,418 2.2
Total partnered 177,627 46.8
Non-partnered    
Never married(4) 138,759 36.5
Separated (marriage or civil union)(5) 13,248 3.5
Divorced or dissolved(6) 15,342 4.0
Widowed(7) 12,252 3.2
Non-partnered, nfd 22,476 5.9
Total non-partnered 202,077 53.2
Total people stated 379,701 100.0
Not stated 16,584
Total people 396,285


1. Applies only to married people, not those in civil unions.
2. A person who usually resides with another as a couple in a relationship in the nature of marriage or civil union and who is not married to, or in a civil union with, the other person. This was known as partnered – other partnership in previous censuses.
3. Consists of partnered, not further defined, and civil union partner.
4. Includes people never in a civil union.
5. Includes people who are still legally married or in a civil union but permanently separated.
6. Includes dissolved marriages (also known as divorced) and dissolved civil unions.
7. Includes surviving civil union partners.

Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
nfd = not further defined.
See information on relationship status
Symbol: … not applicable
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Partnership status in current relationship of people in New Zealand
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Partnership status(1)(2) 2001 2006 2013
Partnered      
Spouse(3) 1,307,355 1,381,293 1,430,379
De facto partner(4) 300,843 379,956 409,380
Partnered, nfd(5) 35,751 48,177 60,882
Total partnered 1,643,949 1,809,423 1,900,638
Non-partnered      
Never married(6) 647,310 693,597 752,868
Separated (marriage or civil union)(7) 78,537 78,960 79,695
Divorced or dissolved(8) 117,822 137,205 153,120
Widowed(9) 148,470 147,378 147,591
Non-partnered, nfd 67,893 86,733 104,856
Total non-partnered 1,060,032 1,143,873 1,238,133
Total people stated 2,703,981 2,953,299 3,138,771
Not stated 185,553 207,075 237,648
Total people 2,889,537 3,160,371 3,376,419

1. Previously social marital status.
2. Information on civil unions was first collected in the 2006 Census.
3. Applies only to married people, not those in civil unions.
4. A person who usually resides with another as a couple in a relationship in the nature of marriage or civil union and who is not married to, or in a civil union with, the other person. This was known as partnered – other partnership in previous censuses.
5. Consists of partnered, not further defined, and civil union partner.
6. Includes people never in a civil union. 
7. Includes people who are still legally married or in a civil union but permanently separated.
8. Includes dissolved marriages (also known as divorced) and dissolved civil unions.
9. Includes surviving civil union partners.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over.
nfd = not further defined.
See information on relationship status
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Partnership status in current relationship of Māori in New Zealand
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Partnership status(1)(2) 2001 2006 2013
Partnered      
Spouse(3) 90,003 92,943 97,734
De facto partner(4) 57,792 68,634 71,475
Partnered, nfd(5) 5,196 8,451 8,418
Total partnered 152,991 170,028 177,627
Non-partnered      
Never married(6) 110,238 117,423 138,759
Separated (marriage or civil union)(7) 12,201 13,077 13,248
Divorced or dissolved(8) 11,370 13,305 15,342
Widowed(9) 10,152 10,614 12,252
Non-partnered, nfd 15,348 18,672 22,476
Total non-partnered 159,312 173,088 202,077
Total people stated 312,303 343,119 379,701
Not stated 17,496 22,290 16,584
Total people 329,799 365,406 396,285

1. Previously social marital status.
2. Information on civil unions was first collected in the 2006 Census.
3. Applies only to married people, not those in civil unions.
4. A person who usually resides with another as a couple in a relationship in the nature of marriage or civil union and who is not married to, or in a civil union with, the other person. This was known as partnered – other partnership in previous censuses.
5. Consists of partnered, not further defined, and civil union partner.
6. Includes people never in a civil union.
7. Includes people who are still legally married or in a civil union but permanently separated.
8. Includes dissolved marriages (also known as divorced) and dissolved civil unions.
9. Includes surviving civil union partners.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
nfd = not further defined.
See information on relationship status
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Note: This time series is irregular. Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in the data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.

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