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Marriages, Civil Unions, and Divorces: Year ended December 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  03 May 2013
Key facts

In 2012:

Marriages

  • 20,521 marriages were registered to New Zealand residents.
  • There were 14,214 first marriages and 6,307 remarriages.
  • The general marriage rate was 11.8 marriages per 1,000 not-married population aged 16 years and over.
  • An additional 2,422 marriages were registered to overseas residents.

Civil unions

  • 303 civil unions were registered to New Zealand residents – of these, 235 were same-sex unions.
  • 87 civil unions were registered to overseas residents.

Divorces

  • 8,785 divorces were granted in New Zealand.
  • There were 10.1 divorces for every 1,000 estimated existing marriages.

Graph, General marriage rate, 1998 to 2012.

Graph, Divorce rate, 1998 to 2012.

 

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

3 May 2013
ISSN 1178-055X

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