Support for the full legalization of polygamy in New Zealand has come from some religious organizations and polyamorous groups. However, polygamy enjoys little public support among New Zealanders, and no major political party has advocated its legalization. If you have any questions about marriage in New Zealand, applying for a marriage certificate or would like to get in touch with a CANZ officiant in your area, simply fill out this form and we will contact you to help you further. In 1976, the Marriage (Amendment) Act 1976 replaced the words “acting Minister” in the Marriage Act 1955 with “marriage officiant” and allowed marriages to be solemnized by organizational and independent wedding officiants in addition to officiants of religious organizations. The Humanist Society was the first organisation to register a candidate under the amended law, and a humanist marriage officiant was appointed in Auckland. The Humanist Society followed suit with the appointment of other humanist celebrants in Auckland and various locations in New Zealand. Other secular organizations followed suit and registered their own celebrants, and the number of independent celebrants also increased steadily.  There are two types of legal marriages in New Zealand; The Marriage Act 1955 contains no special provisions or exceptions for Maori.  However, the Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Act 1995 requires that all information relating to a Maori customary marriage be recorded in such a way that it can be unequivocally established that the marriage was a Maori customary marriage, while other provisions of the same Act do not contain special provisions for Maori customary marriages and require that every marriage be registered. The forms given to the registrar must be signed by each spouse, the officiant and two witnesses.
 A marriage formally ends when the family court makes an order of dissolution. (See “Divorce: Obtaining a “Dissolution Order” in this chapter.) Your officiant will give you a “copy of the wedding details” and officially register your marriage for you. Anyone over the age of 18 can legally marry or enter into a registered partnership in New Zealand. If you get your consent, you will receive a court order. You must attach the court order to your marriage certificate application form and send it to births, deaths and marriages. Before 1976, there was growing discontent with the marriage law, as it prevented people from choosing between a Christian wedding, usually celebrated in a church and performed by an acting minister, or a secular marriage in a registry office, where the number of guests was very limited. Beginning in 1973, the Humanist Society of New Zealand lobbied the government for an amendment to the Marriage Act to guarantee the right of people to solemnize the marriage of their choice with an officiant of their choice in a place of their choice. The purpose and full title of the controversial English Act of 1753 was “An Act for the Better Preventing of Clandestine Marriage”, in which an irregular or clandestine marriage was a marriage normally solemnized by an ordained clergy, but in a parish other than the home parish of those who wished to marry, and sometimes without banns or marriage licenses. issued by the Church.
However, these marriages were legally recognized and binding and difficult to annul. In the 1740s, more than half of the marriages contracted in London were clandestine marriages contracted around Fleet Prison. Most of these “fleet weddings” served honest purposes when couples simply wanted to marry quickly or cheaply, but there were several scandals involving underage runaway, bigamy, kidnapping, and forced marriage. Some people were particularly concerned about the seduction or possible abduction of their daughters or young heiresses by unscrupulous individuals. Young women could marry at the age of twelve, and their elopement and marriage by a pastor, vicar, minister or vicar who was only interested in money to celebrate the marriage was considered disturbing. In 2012, a bill for private MPs, the Marriage (Court Consent to Underage Marriage) Amendment Bill, was introduced by National Party MP Jackie Blue to address the issue of forced marriage of 16- and 17-year-olds. There are about 80 applications per year for marriages between the ages of 16 and 17.  After Blue left Parliament, the bill was picked up by Jo Hayes and finally withdrawn from the vote on April 13, 2017. In England and Wales, from the age of 25, the number of people in England and Wales was introduced on 25 September.
In March 1754, people of other Christian denominations, religions and atheists were forced to enter into marriages with the Church of England in order to obtain legal recognition of their marriage. Legal recognition offers a number of advantages, including legitimizing children to allow for the recognition of children as heirs. A married couple can also change the form of their relationship to a civil union without having to dissolve their marriage first. They begin the process by completing a “Notice of Planned Change of Relationship of Marriage in Civil Union” (available from www.govt.nz). Same-sex and heterosexual marriages are legal in New Zealand, and CANZ officiants as registered celebrants do not harm sexual orientation, creed, race or creed. The cost of applying for a marriage certificate (online or when submitting your form): · $240 if you are getting married at a vital statistics office (including the ceremony), or · $150 if you marry an celebrant (the celebrant costs extra – you pay them directly). · $26.50 for a marriage certificate It takes at least 3 business days for your licence to be issued. It is valid for 3 months.
Therefore, you need to apply between 3 months and 3 days before your wedding. If your marriage is postponed, you will need to reapply. If you are coming to New Zealand to get married, you will need to get a marriage certificate before coming here, so apply online or fill out a paper form and apply at least 3 days before your wedding day. In addition to asking questions about your age, if you were forced to marry and didn`t actually consent, the marriage is legally “void,” meaning it doesn`t legally exist and you`re still single. To clarify, you can also go to family court for a court order declaring that marriage does not legally exist. Maori society did not have a formal marriage rite as such, but family consent was required and marriages are still discussed in Hui. Maori marriages were recognized as legal until 1888. Although there were some doubts about the validity of these marriages following a decision of the Supreme Court, now the High Court, in 1888, they continued to be used until the 1950s.
 Beginning in 1888, Parliament continued to recognize moral marriages in law, while the courts sometimes did not, creating an adversarial system.  Maori marriages were exempt from the law. Officials authorized to marry were limited to members of the clergy whose names had been previously communicated to the Chancellor General by the directors or recognized leaders of six religious bodies listed in the Act. The six organizations were: the United Church of England and Ireland, the Church of Scotland, the Free Church of Scotland, all Presbyterian congregations, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Wesleyan Methodist Society. There were special provisions for Quakers and Jews. Same-sex couples can marry: Marriage is legally defined as “the union of two people, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.” Although same-sex couples can marry, ministers and priests can legally oppose the marriage of a same-sex couple on religious grounds. · If you have a registered partnership, or if you or your partner are 16-17 years old, you will still need to use a paper form and apply in person – Print and fill out an application form for the intended marriage (link) If one or both of you are 16 or 17 years old and wish to get married, You have to make a formal request to the family court for permission from a judge. To make sure you don`t have to get married, the judge will only grant permission if they are satisfied that: In 2005, future MP Gordon Copeland supported the Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill, which would have amended the Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill to define marriage between a man and a woman only and amend the protection against discrimination in the Bill of Rights with respect to marital and marital status to maintain the bill.