Civil Unions

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Civil union statistics measure the number of civil unions registered in New Zealand. C ivil union s may be entered into by couples of the same sex or by couples of different sexes.

As the principal agency responsible for processing and publishing civil union statistics in New Zealand, Statistics New Zealand seeks to provide information that meets the legal, public policy and community requriements for up-to-date oficial statistics at the national level.


The Civil Union Act 2004 came into force on 26 April 2005 and the first ceremonies were celebrated on 29 April 2005. This Act introduced a new form of legal relationship. Two people aged 18 years and over, whether of opposite or the same sex, can enter into a civil union provided they are not currently married to, or in a civil union with, someone else. As with marriages, people aged 16 and 17 years must have their guardian's c onsent to enter a civil union. A couple who are currently married can transfer their relationship to a civil union . A couple in a civil union can transfer their relationship to a marriage.

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Civil Unions

Alternate Title

Civil Union Registrations


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Statistics New Zealand

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Temporal Coverage

  • 2005 to present

Topical Coverage

  • Population and migration
  • Vital statistics
  • Marriages, civil unions, and divorces
  • Civil union
  • Marital status
  • Nuptiality
  • Vital statistics

Significant events impacting this study series

2005 Relationship (Statutory References) Act 2005 enacted March 2005. 2005 Civil Union Act 2004 came into force on 26 April 2005, allowing registration of same-sex as well as opposite-sex partnerships. The first ceremonies were celebrated on 29 April 2005.

Main users of the data

Statistics New Zealand International agencies Yearbook


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