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Marriages, Civil Unions, and Divorces: Year ended December 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  05 May 2010
Key facts

In the December 2009 year:

  • 21,600 marriages were registered to New Zealand residents.
  • 2,100 marriages were registered to overseas residents.
  • The general marriage rate was 13.2 marriages per 1,000 not-married population aged 16 years and over.
  • 312 resident civil unions were registered, of which 78 percent were same-sex unions.
  • 58 civil unions were registered to overseas residents.
  • 8,700 orders for dissolution of marriage were granted in New Zealand.
  • There were 10.2 divorces for every 1,000 estimated existing marriages.
 Graph, General marriage rate, 1995–2009.
Graph, Divorce rate, 1995–2009.
 
Geoff Bascand 5 May 2010
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-055X
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