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Marriages, Civil Unions, and Divorces: Year ended December 2011
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  03 May 2012
Key facts

In the December 2011 year:

  • Marriages:
    • 20,231 marriages were registered to New Zealand residents.
    • There were 14,049 first marriages and 6,182 remarriages.
    • The general marriage rate was 11.8 marriages per 1,000 not-married population aged 16 years and over.
    • An additional 2,200 marriages were registered to overseas residents.
  • Civil unions:
    • 301 civil unions were registered to New Zealand residents, of which 77 percent were same-sex unions.
    • 76 civil unions were registered to overseas residents.
  • Divorces:
    • 8,551 divorces were granted in New Zealand.
    • There were 9.8 divorces for every 1,000 estimated existing marriages.
    • Just over one-third (35 percent) of couples who married in 1986 had divorced before their silver wedding anniversary (25 years).

Graph, General marriage rate, 1997 to 2011.

Graph, divorce rate, 1997 to 2011.

 

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician
3 May 2012
ISSN 1178-055X
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