Ally Wanikau, left, and Lynley Bendall, of Auckland, who
were married on an Air New Zealand flight between
Queenstown and Auckland the day after the law change. Photo
There have been more than 350 same sex marriages since
the law allowing them was changed on August 19 last year,
according to latest figures.
The provisional Statistics New Zealand figures, released
today, show same-sex couples are spurning civil union in
favour of traditional matrimony, with only eight civil unions
in the December quarter last year - the lowest of any quarter
since figures began in 2005.
There were 61 female couples married in the September quarter
- which includes August when the first same sex marriages
were celebrated in New Zealand - and 56 male couples.
In the December quarter, 129 female couples and 109 male
couples tied the knot.
In total, there were 5214 marriages in New Zealand in the