From 1976, the Marriage Amendment Act 1976 allowed for marriages to be performed by organisational and independent marriage celebrants in addition to religious organisational marriage celebrants (ministers of religion).
The percentage of marriages performed by religious celebrants has steadily declined since 1976.
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Marriage is governed by an Act of Parliament in New Zealand.
The minimum age at which couples can get married is 18 years of age but those aged 16 or 17 can get married if parental consent is obtained.
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Marriages in New Zealand are solemnised by marriage celebrants where a marriage celebrant may be a minister of religion of a specified religious body, a marriage celebrant of an approved organisation, or an independent marriage celebrant.
Before 1976 there was growing dissatisfaction with the Marriage Act as it restricted people to choose between a Christian marriage that was usually performed in a church and solemnised by an Officiating Minister, or to a secular marriage in a Registry office where the number of guests was very restricted.