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Marriages Civil Unions and Divorces: Year ended December 2008
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  05 May 2009
Key facts
  • 21,900 marriages were registered to New Zealand residents during the December 2008 year.
  • 2,000 marriages were registered to overseas residents in 2008.
  • The general marriage rate was 13.7 marriages per 1,000 not-married population aged 16 years and over in 2008.
  • 327 resident civil unions were registered in 2008, of which 78 percent were same-sex unions.
  • 78 civil unions were registered to overseas residents in 2008.
  • 9,700 orders for dissolution of marriage were granted in New Zealand during the December 2008 year.
  • There were 11.3 divorces for every 1,000 estimated existing marriages in 2008.

Graph, General Marriage Rate.

Graph, Divorce Rate.

Geoff Bascand 5 May 2009
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-055X
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