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Marriages, Civil Unions, and Divorces: Year ended December 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  04 May 2016
Key facts

In 2015:

Marriages and civil unions

  • 19,947 marriages and civil unions were registered to New Zealand residents – of these, 471 were same-sex marriages or civil unions.
  • There were 13,914 first marriages and civil unions, 5,982 remarriages or civil unions, and 57 couples (both same-sex and opposite-sex) who transferred between either their marriage or civil union.
  • The general marriage rate was 11.1 marriages and civil unions per 1,000 mean estimated population aged 16+ who are not married or in a civil union (transfers to and from marriage or civil union are excluded).
  • An additional 2,910 marriages or civil unions were registered to overseas residents – of these, 438 were same-sex marriages or civil unions. 

Divorces

  • 8,463 married and 60 civil union couples were granted divorces in New Zealand.
  • There were 9.3 divorces for every 1,000 estimated existing marriages and civil unions.

 Graph, general marriage rate, 1998–2015. Graph, divorce rate, 1998–2015.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-055X, 4 May 2016

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