Version as at 28 October 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Civil Union Act 2004

Public Act
2004 No 102
Date of assent
13 December 2004
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


4Overview of civil union
5Reference to civil union in any other enactment
5ATransitional, savings, and related provisions
6Act binds the Crown
7Age of eligibility
8Partners not to be already married or in civil union
9Partners not to be within prohibited degrees of civil union
10Order dispensing with prohibition on civil union within prohibited degrees of affinity
11Notice of civil union
12Issue of licence and forms where solemnisation by civil union celebrant or exempt body
13Licence authorises but does not oblige
14Solemnisation by Registrar
15Solemnisation by civil union celebrant
16Solemnisation by exempt body
17Purpose of section 18
18Changing form of relationship
19Consent to civil union of persons aged 16 or 17
20Court may appoint lawyers in proceedings under section 19
20AJudge may obtain cultural report
21Notice of objection to proposed civil union
22Judge to deal with notice of objection
23When civil union is or may be declared void
24Effect of defects in formalities or procedures
25Registrar-General may issue certificate of no impediment
26Appointment of civil union celebrants
27Expiry of appointment and reappointment
28Ceasing to be civil union celebrant
29List of civil union celebrants
30Offence to issue licence or solemnise civil union contrary to Act
31Offence to purport to solemnise civil union
32Offences in connection with false statements relating to civil union
33Limitation on prosecutions
36Rules of procedure
37Appointment of civil union celebrants before section 26 comes into force
38Amendments to section 2 of Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995
39New Part 7A inserted in Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995
40Sections 16 and 23 of Adoption Act 1955 amended
41Section 205 of Crimes Act 1961 amended
42Section 206 of Crimes Act 1961 amended
43New section 207 of Crimes Act 1961 substituted
44Amendments to Family Proceedings Act 1980
45Amendments to Family Proceedings Act 1980 made by Care of Children Act 2004 amended
46Consequential amendments to other enactments