Part 1 Preliminary provisions

3 Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

civil union celebrant means a person who is appointed under section 26 as a civil union celebrant

exempt body means a body that is exempt from the requirements of this Act relating to the solemnisation of civil unions by virtue of an exemption granted under Schedule 1

guardian has the meaning given in section 15 of the Care of Children Act 2004

licence means a civil union licence issued under section 12

Minister means the Minister of the Crown who, under the authority of any warrant or with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act

New Zealand includes the Ross Dependency

prohibited degrees of civil union means the degrees of relationship set out in Schedule 2

Registrar and Registrar-General have the meanings given in section 2 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995.

Compare: 1955 No 92 s 2

Section 3 guardian: amended, on 1 July 2005, by section 151 of the Care of Children Act 2004 (2004 No 90).

Section 3 Registrar and Registrar-General: amended, on 24 January 2009, by section 47 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).