Story: Marriage and partnering

First civil marriage celebrant

First civil marriage celebrant

Clothing Workers’ Union leader Frank Thorn was the first civil marriage celebrant (rather than a church minister) to conduct a wedding ceremony in New Zealand. He is shown here officiating at the marriage of Neddy Paraha and Perise Tuisaulu in August 1977.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1977/3334/20-F
Photograph by Alan Stevenson

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Marriage and partnering - Loosening rules, expanding choices: partnering from the late 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2023)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 May 2017