Families Commission Act 2003

  • repealed
  • Families Commission Act 2003: repealed, on 30 June 2018, by section 7 of the Families Commission Act Repeal Act 2018 (2018 No 10).
10 Diversity of New Zealand families


In the exercise and performance of its powers and functions, the Commission must have regard to the kinds, structures, and diversity of families.


In this section, family includes a group of people related by marriage, civil union, blood, or adoption, an extended family, 2 or more persons living together as a family, and a whānau or other culturally recognised family group.


However, persons are not members of a family for the purposes of this section solely because they have as their common objective or one of their common objectives the achievement of some outcome of a community, domestic, professional, recreational, social, vocational, or other nature (for example, the commission of offences against any enactment, whether to obtain valuable consideration or not).


Subsection (3) is for the avoidance of doubt.

Section 10(2): amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 7 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).