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Press Releases (30)
Press releases in respect of the Civil Union Bill
Speeches (4)
Speeches from Members of Parliament in respect of the Civil Union Bill
Websites (10)
Websites with information about, discussion and views on the Civil Union Bill in New Zealand


    No 8 and halfback never closer - 10-Jan-2009
    They met when playing together in New Zealand's first gay rugby team the Krazy Knights and today the happy couple will tie the knot in a public display of love.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - The Dominion Post
    Right to civil union paramount, despite slow uptake - 15-May-2008
    Same-sex couples may not be flocking to tie the civil union knot just yet. But that is no reflection of how highly they value the right to do so if they choose, says a Massey researcher and author of a new paper on civil unions.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Massey University
    Marriages, Civil Unions and Divorces: Year ended December 2007 - 6-May-2008
    Summer months remained the preferred time to wed in the year ended December 2007, with 43 percent of marriages occurring in the first three months, Statistics New Zealand said today. Saturday 24 February was the most popular day for weddings in 2007. In contrast, only 13 percent of marriages registered in 2007 took place in June, July and August. There was one day within these winter months that was popular with marrying couples more than three times the number of marriages were celebrated on Saturday 7 July 2007 (or 07/07/07) than in an average Saturday in July.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Statistics New Zealand
    Minister to marry in gay union - 10-Feb-2007
    Conservation Minister Chris Carter is marrying his long-term partner Peter Kaiser today in a civil union attended by Prime Minister Helen Clark.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Garth George: Civil unions fuss turns out much ado about nothing - 4-May-2006
    It is inevitable, I suppose, that the matter of civil unions will continue to crop up from time to time, but the manner of the latest eruption of discussion is extraordinary, to say the least.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Civil unions 'waste of time' - 25-Apr-2006
    The much-lauded civil union legislation has been labelled a "waste of time" by critics, with only about 460 couples choosing civil unions since they became law a year ago.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - The Press
    Civil union pioneers have no regrets - 29-Dec-2005
    A Christchurch couple who spurned conventional marriage last April to become pioneers of the new Civil Union law say they have no regrets.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Civil unions for gays only under National - 3-Sep-2005
    Civil Union could be restricted to gay couples if National wins this month's election.
    The controversial civil union law has become a defining election issue, with National and its likely allies New Zealand First, United Future and Act all pushing for the law to be amended or put to the public in a referendum.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Majority happy with civil union, prostitution laws - 1-Jul-2005
    A majority of voters say they are happy with the way civil union and prostitution decriminalisation laws are working.
    Voters are also overwhelmingly happy about the smoking law changes, according to a Herald DigiPoll survey taken last week.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Pope's words will influence voters - church - 19-Jun-2005
    The Catholic Church says Pope Benedict XVI's criticism of New Zealand's civil unions legislation will be heeded by Christians at election time.
    Catholic communications director Lyndsay Freer said the Pope's message last week to New Zealand's envoy to the Vatican, Geoff Ward, conveyed his displeasure at the same-sex marriage laws.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Sunday Star Times
    New Pope takes swipe at Labour's civil union law - 18-Jun-2005
    Just months before the general election the new Pope last night urged New Zealand's leaders to "ensure the question of morality is given ample discussion in the public forum".
    He also appeared to hit out at Labour's civil unions legislation.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Weather puts chill on civil union plans - 13-Jun-2005
    It might have taken them years to gain the right to get legally hitched, but it appears that gay couples in the Nelson region are prepared to wait longer - possibly for warmer weather - before holding civil unions.
    Nelson District Court manager John Houghton said no one had applied for a civil union, and only "a handful" of people had made inquiries about how to hold a ceremony since the Civil Unions Bill was passed at the end of April.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Nelson Mail
    Peters predicts early election - 19-May-2005
    The Prime Minister might call an early election while New Zealanders are preoccupied with the Lions rugby tour, Winston Peters says.
    The New Zealand First leader spoke to Grey Power Nelson members at their annual meeting at Annesbrook Church and Community Centre yesterday.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - The Nelson Mail
    Civil union poster boys tie the knot - 2-May-2005
    Who said big weddings were passe?
    Not Wellington couple John Jolliff and Des Smith, who after 19 years together celebrated the closest they can get to marriage yesterday.
    More than 200 people crammed into the council chambers to witness what is believed to be Wellington's first civil union ceremony.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - The Dominion Post
    Gay couple seal love with a civil union - 2-May-2005
    Sixteen years ago, Daniel Brandl and Alex Beck first locked eyes at a party in Berne, Switzerland.
    On Saturday, they became one of the Bay's first couples to have a civil union ceremony.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Bay of Plenty Times
    First the civil union, then the groceries - 30-Apr-2005
    In Christchurch, the "bride" wore a fur-lined hat and a red mountain-design jacket. The "groom" wore a beige norsewear jersey.
    And after they were legally joined in one of New Zealand's first civil unions yesterday, Tracy and Mike Peters went and got the groceries.
    In Hamilton, lesbian couple Lif Cooper and Kelly Cunningham, wearing paua jewellery, exchanged their vows in their lounge.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Landmark day for NZs gay community - 27-Apr-2005
    After months of controversy and debate the first day when civil unions became legal passed quietly yesterday, with just a handful of gay couples arriving at registry offices.
    In Green Bay, 40-year-old real estate agent Steve Hay and his partner, Glenn Lewis, a 31-year-old hairdresser, had returned their completed form by mid-morning.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
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