I will advise you on all the legal requirements for your marriage.
To download the Notice of Intended Marriage form, visit the NZ Birth, Deaths and Marriages website: www.bdm.govt.nz
What is a Marriage?
A marriage is the formalisation of a relationship between between two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, in accordance with the Marriage Act 1955. The Marriage Act 1955 provides the criteria, rules and processes for two people to have their relationship solemnised as a marriage (by way of a formal ceremony) and officially registered in New Zealand.
Anybody can marry in New Zealand, as long as they are legally free to marry. Under New Zealand law this means that:
- They are not already married or in a civil union with a person other than the person they will be marrying (or if they have been married, the marriage has been dissolved by a court of law).
- They are old enough (16 or over, although parental consent is required if either party is 16 or 17 years old).
- They are not closely related by blood, marriage, civil union or adoption. Details of these "prohibited" marriages appear on the form 'Notice of Intended Marriage', which is used to apply for a marriage licence.