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|What happens when you call me?||When you call me, we discuss your dates, venue and needs. Then we have a meeting so you can check me out and decide if you would like me to be your celebrant - if you decide to proceed we start creating the format and service you wish to have. My motto is "your day your way"|
|What does the law say?||
Getting married in New Zealand is very simple compared to some other countries.
If you have been married before, a death certificate or dissolution of marriage from your spouse will need to be produced.
Persons aged 16 or 17 must obtain parental consent before they can marry.
You can not marry a close relative.
The marriage must be performed in the presence of a marriage celebrant or registrar.
There must be at least two witnesses.
You must say in your service words to the effect "I …full name take you…full name to be my wife/husband.
You can find more information on this in the website www. DIA.govt.nz or by telephone 0800 22 52 52
|What are the costs and what do they include?||
The cost of a MARRIAGE LICENCE (bdm60 OR bdm58) is $120. Before you apply you need to have booked your celebrant and have a venue, as these details need to be supplied. The forms can be downloaded from the website www.bdm.govt.nz
Payment may be by Bankcard, Visa or Mastercard. Form can be posted or faxed not emailed. One of you will need to go into Births, Deaths and Marriages, AA Building, Level 6, 99 Albert Street, Auckland city to sign the Statutory Declaration and pick up the license. Allow at least 3 days before the ceremony to do this.
I recommend that after the service has be conducted and documents registered that you apply for a Certificate of Marriage (if a marriage) or Certificate of Civil Union cost is $26 and is more widely accepted especially overseas as proof of Marriage or Civil Union.
The fee includes:
After the service you will be presented with a special folder containing a keepsake copy of your service.
|What is a marriage celebrant?||A marriage celebrant is a person given the authority by New Zealand law to perform marriages in New Zealand. This can be a religious minister and the service performed in consecrated place such as a church or by a celebrant so you can have your service when and where you wish and at a time that suits you.|
|Where will I go to do a service?||The
greater Auckland area, further if travelling allowance and time allows.
NB: Permits are required at many parks and reserves in the Auckland area to hold a marriage ceremony.
|Eloping||So romantic and becoming very popular especially with overseas visitors. Many wish to have their wedding without all the fuss and expense and often share their day with just a few close friends. We can help you make it so easy and relaxing. We can provide the 2 witnesses required, cars, photos, even a special picnic hamper, or have the caterer come in and set up a prefect romantic meal for you either here at Piha Lodge or where you are staying. You can apply for your licence at www.dia.govt.nz. You need to allow at least 3 working days to give you time to sign and collect your licence. We can do all the arrangements by email.|
|What are Civil Unions?||
From 26th April 2005 couples may give notice of their intention to enter into a Civil Union. A Marriage Celebrant is not authorised to perform Civil Unions.
I have been appointed a Civil Unions Celebrant. More information on Civil Unions and the forms to download are now available online on www.bdm.govt.nz . Notice of intention of Civil Union form BDM360. The fee for a Civil Unions licence is $120
To enter into a Civil Union you must have consent if 16 to 17 years of age.
A Civil Union can be entered into by same sex or opposite sex couples. The ceremony can be either before a Registrar of Civil Unions in a Registry Office or by an authorised Civil Union Celebrant.
Can same sex couple marry? – no. The Civil Unions Bill does not alter the Marriage Act of 1955 therefore only a man and a woman can be married under New Zealand law.
Can a man and a woman or a same sex couple choose a Civil Union? – yes.
A man and a woman who are married or in a Civil Union with each other can change their relationship to a Civil Union or marriage without having to dissolve the first relationship.
|What is the difference between a Civil Union and a Marriage ?||
A Civil Union is not recognised in the same way as a marriage out of New Zealand. If you wish to be legally recognised as Civil Unions partners in another country, you would have to apply in the country you wish to live in, if they have this law.
A Civil Union does not automatically change your current Will, if in doubt see your lawyer.
Civil Union partners do not at present have the right to adopt a child