Marriage Amendment Act 2005

Marriage Amendment Act 2005

Public Act2005 No 15
Date of assent24 March 2005

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • (1) This Act is the Marriage Amendment Act 2005.

    (2) In this Act, the Marriage Act 1955 is called the principal Act.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on 26 April 2005.

3 Interpretation
  • Section 2(1) of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after the definition of Minister, the following definition:

    minor means a person under the age of 18 years.

4 Consent to marriage of minors
  • Section 18(1) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words and has not previously been married.

5 Schedule 2 amended
  • The Schedule 2 of the principal Act is amended by adding the following clauses:

    • 5 A man may not marry his—

      • (1) Grandmother's civil union partner

      • (2) Grandfather's civil union partner

      • (3) ' Mother's civil union partner

      • (4) Father's civil union partner

      • (5) Son's civil union partner

      • (6) Daughter's civil union partner

      • (7) Grandson's civil union partner

      • (8) Granddaughter's civil union partner

      • (9) Civil union partner's grandmother

      • (10) Civil union partner's mother

      • (11) Civil union partner's daughter

      • (12) Civil union partner's granddaughter.

    • 6 A woman may not marry her—

      • (1) Grandmother's civil union partner

      • (2) Grandfather's civil union partner

      • (3) Mother's civil union partner

      • (4) Father's civil union partner

      • (5) Son's civil union partner

      • (6) Daughter's civil union partner

      • (7) Granddaughter's civil union partner

      • (8) Grandson's civil union partner

      • (9) Civil union partner's grandfather

      • (10) Civil union partner's father

      • (11) Civil union partner's son

      • (12) Civil union partner's grandson.

    • 7 In this schedule, the term civil union partner means a former civil union partner whether he or she is alive or deceased, and whether the civil union was terminated by death or dissolution or otherwise.

    • 8 In this schedule, a reference to a stepfather or stepmother is a reference to a relationship established by marriage.


Legislative history

10 March 2005Divided from Relationships (Statutory References) Bill (Bill 151-2) as Bill 151-3L
15 March 2005Third reading