Marriages, Unions and Divorces

May 4th, 2013 at 9:44 am by David Farrar

Interesting data from Stats NZ.

  • 20,521 marriages in 2012. The number of marriages has been fairly constant for the last 20 years
  • The rate per 1,000 non-married adults has fallen from 32 in 1977 to 11.8 in 2012.
  • The median age of bridegrooms was 32.3 and brides 30.2
  • In 1983 it was 26.5 and 23.9 respectively
  • The rate is 10.1 per 1,000 marriages. This has fallen in recent years from a high of 17.1 in 1982
  • The median duration of a marriage that divorces is 13.7 years and the median age for divorcing is 45.7 for men and 43.2 for women
  • There have been 2,981 since 2005. 592 were heterosexual couples, 1,033 were gay couples and 1,356 were lesbian couples
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14 Responses to “Marriages, Unions and Divorces”

  1. bringbackdemocracy (427 comments) says:

    It’s a shame marriage was redefined.

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  2. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    The divorce rate is 10.1 per 1,000 marriages. This has fallen in recent years from a high of 17.1 in 1982

    With fewer people getting married it’s not a wonder the divorce rate has dropped. I suspect the relationship breakup rate is unchanged or higher

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  3. dog_eat_dog (781 comments) says:

    It’s almost like having a divorce rate as a portion of marriages renders that a completely impossible point to argue.

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  4. skyblue (210 comments) says:

    2389 homosexual civil unions in all.

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  5. Redbaiter (8,923 comments) says:

    Of course the reduction in the rate of marriage, and the growing tendency to regard that institution with disdain, as some kind of expression of sexual desire and little else, has nothing to do with our escalating social problems.

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  6. Shunda barunda (2,983 comments) says:

    So the divorce rate is only 1.1%?

    Gee, marriage was in such trouble as an institution, I can now see why redefining it as part of a larger agenda of leftist human rights ideological change was just so damned important.

    You just can’t have such an enduring traditional institution standing in the way of those plans.

    And they tell me some people still believe it was all about 2 people of the same gender getting married! amazing!!

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  7. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    The divorce rate is 1.1% a year. It is close to 50% over time.

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  8. UpandComer (537 comments) says:

    since 2005, 8 years, there have been only 1000 civil unions for gays? Wow we really need to redefine marriage as a pressing matter to provide it for all those overwhelming number of gays who really want to be in monogamous relationships.

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  9. Don the Kiwi (1,757 comments) says:

    Wo-hey!

    So there were only about 3,000 civil unions in 8 years??

    Weeell – now that the poofters can get married, you watch the numbers soar !!!

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  10. Enzo (45 comments) says:

    Proud to be half of one of the 592 heterosexual couples in a Civil Union.

    That link isn’t working for me. Pity. Would be very interesting to know the divorce rate for Civil Unions and compare that to marriages over the same period.

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  11. Steve (North Shore) (4,563 comments) says:

    I don’t think those in a Civil Union get divorces, they just become uncivilised.
    Bit like unfriending on Facebook

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  12. Enzo (45 comments) says:

    Not de-unionised? ;-)

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  13. pq (728 comments) says:

    Amazing the average age of people getting married, 32 +
    I mean old, then I looked at myself got married last year, Bangkok Wan was 38,
    and me, I looked at the candles on the cake and I could not count that far.

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  14. pq (728 comments) says:

    Farrar, I sent you a girl to marry when you were in Vietnam Laos last year, and she said you didn’t even notice her. She was the pretty one with black hair down to her waist, don’t you remember,

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