4 May 2016

453 same-sex NZ couples hitched in 2015

12:59 pm on 4 May 2016

More than 450 same sex New Zealand couples tied the knot last year.

After gay marriage was legalised in New Zealand in late 2013, 210 same-sex couples married that year and 486 wed the year following.

2015 was just shy of that record, with 453 marriages.

About 100 more female couples got hitched last year than male couples, with only 18 same-sex couples opting for a civil union, compared to 234 in 2012.

Since the change in the definition of marriage, there have been more heterosexual couples forming civil unions than same-sex.

Last year 19,440 opposite-sex couples married and another 39 couples formed civil unions.