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Marriages, Civil Unions, and Divorces: Year ended December 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  05 May 2014
Key facts

In 2013:

Marriages

  • 19,237 marriages were registered to New Zealand residents – of these, 209 were same-sex marriages.
  • There were 13,312 first marriages, 5,825 remarriages, and 100 couples (both same-sex and opposite-sex) who transferred their civil union to a marriage.
  • The general marriage rate was 10.9 marriages per 1,000 not-married population aged 16 years and over.
  • An additional 2,416 marriages were registered to overseas residents – of these, 146 were same-sex marriages.

Divorces

  • 8,279 married couples were granted divorces in New Zealand.
  • There were 9.4 divorces for every 1,000 estimated existing marriages.

Civil unions

  • 187 civil unions were registered to New Zealand residents – of these, 121 were same-sex unions.
  • 46 civil unions were registered to overseas residents.
  • 40 couples dissolved their civil union.

Graph, General marriage rate, 1998 to 2013.

Graph, Divorce rate, 1998 to 2013.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-055X, 5 May 2014

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