Marriage Amendment Act 2010


Marriage Amendment Act 2010

Public Act2010 No 71
Date of assent6 July 2010
Commencementsee section 2

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Marriage Amendment Act 2010.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act amended
4 New section 11 substituted
  • Section 11 is repealed and the following section substituted:

    11 Other persons may be marriage celebrants
    • (1) Any person may apply to the Registrar-General to have his or her name entered on the list.

      (2) The application must—

      • (a) be made in a form approved for the purpose by the Registrar-General; and

      • (b) contain, or be accompanied by, such information as the Registrar-General requires; and

      • (c) be accompanied by the prescribed fee (if any).

      (3) The Registrar-General may approve an application made under subsection (1) and enter the applicant's name on the list if the Registrar-General is satisfied that—

      • (a) the applicant is—

        • (i) a Justice of the Peace; or

        • (ii) a person who is otherwise of good character; and

      • (b) the applicant will conscientiously perform the duties of a marriage celebrant under this Act and under the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995; and

      • (c) it is in the interests of the public generally, or of a particular community (whether defined by geography, interest, belief, or some other factor) that the person be a marriage celebrant.

Legislative history

29 June 2010Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill by committee of the whole House, third reading
6 July 2010Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.