Marriage celebrants in Dunedin are not expecting any sudden
influx of gay marriage requests now that same-sex marriage is
legal in New Zealand.
So few civil unions have been taken up in Dunedin since they
became legal in April 2005 that statistics have not been
released from the Department of Internal Affairs because of
the possibility of identifying those couples.
Dunedin marriage celebrant Tricia Warwick-Naziris said so far
she had no requests from same-sex couples to get married
under the new law - which comes into effect today - and did
not expect to see a ''huge rush''.
''We expected a busy week and then a fizzle out, just as we
had with the civil union.''
In 2012, there were 390 civil unions nationally, of which 82%
(320) were same-sex unions.
New Zealand Celebrants Association member and marriage
celebrant Lynne Greer said although she had only two same-sex
marriage requests for the next six months in Dunedin, she did
not believe the option was unpopular in Dunedin.
Ms Greer said for same-sex couples, as for heterosexual
couples, marriage depended on timing.
''You have still got to wait for the right timing and to be
''The opportunity is there now for those that wish to do so.
I actually do think the interest is there.''
Ms Greer was unsure why there had been a lack of civil unions
entered into by Dunedin people.
''I don't know if we're conservative down here. I think if we
had the same population as Wellington or Auckland, I think
you would find we would be on par with them.''
Dunedin marriage celebrant Peter Collett had not received any
same-sex marriage requests. And he had not conducted a civil
union in Dunedin since he registered for them when they