Useful Information

Forms and Important Information
When getting married in New Zealand the official registration form must be completed by you both.  This form must be personally collected by one of you from a Birth, Death & Marriages office.  Unfortunately this process cannot be done on-line.
I have condensed the information to make it easier to find the relevant information but click on the link listed below to have access to the full site.

The Department of Internal Affairs
http://www.dia.govt.nz/Births-deaths-and-marriages

Births, deaths and marriages – Whānautanga, matenga, mārenatanga
“If you live in New Zealand or will be in New Zealand at least three days before you intend to be married (either one or both parties) complete the Notice of Intended Marriage (BDM 60) form. You cannot complete the form online, as one of the parties must complete a statutory declaration (part of the form). The statutory declaration must be made in the presence of a Registrar of Marriages or a Marriage Celebrant.  This must be done in person.”

(This translates to one or both of you applying and paying for the form at a BDM office, as listed below, within three months of your wedding day, birth certificates must be shown at this time to the BDM staff member, the department will then post to you the registered form which will be completed on your wedding day by the celebrant, yourselves and your witnesses.  It is preferable to allow yourself more than the 3-day minimum time-frame.)

“A marriage licence is normally issued no sooner than three calendar days (e.g. it may sometimes be four or five days) after the completed Notice of Intended Marriage form is submitted and the fee has been paid.

Your marriage licence is valid for three months from the date on which it is issued. During that period you are free to marry at the place or places specified on the marriage licence.

If you change your venue before the marriage has taken place, you must advise the Registry Office from where your licence was obtained.
At the conclusion of the ceremony you will be handed a signed copy of one of the ‘Copy of Particulars of Marriage’. The other copy will be returned to the issuing Registrar by your marriage celebrant.”

Here is a link to the form that needs to be completed.

http://www.dia.govt.nz/Pubforms.nsf/URL/NoticeofIntendedMarriage_BDM60.pdf/$file/NoticeofIntendedMarriage_BDM60.pdf

“Marriage conducted by a Marriage Celebrant”
If you wish for your marriage to be conducted by a Marriage Celebrant, you must pay a fee of NZ$122.60 when you send in or hand over the completed Notice of Intended Marriage form. This includes the fee for the marriage licence but does not include any expenses of the marriage celebrant.
The name of the celebrant must be given on the form in order for your licence to be issued. Only those persons appointed by the Registrar-General as Marriage Celebrants and whose names appear in the list of Marriage Celebrants in the New Zealand Gazette or at www.bdm.govt.nz have authority to solemnise marriages in New Zealand.”

“How to pay your marriage licence fee”
Registry Offices will accept over the counter payments by cheque, cash, New Zealand money order or, in most offices credit card and EFTPOS.”

Get a Marriage Licence
“To get a licence you will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage application form. If either of you have been married or in a civil union before, and the marriage or civil union has been dissolved, you may be asked to produce evidence of the dissolution (e.g. Divorce/Dissolution Order) when you give notice to the Registrar.

If your previous spouse or partner has died you do not have to produce evidence of their death, but you will have to give the date of death on the Notice of Intended Marriage.”
(In other words if divorced take a copy of your Dissolution of Marriage with you when applying for your marriage certificate plus birth certificates.)

If you both live outside New Zealand and will arrive in New Zealand less than three days before the date you want to marry, you may be able to complete most of the formalities before you arrive in New Zealand. You will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage where Parties Ordinarily Resident outside New Zealand (BDM 58) form. If you are overseas, you can complete everything on the form except the declaration, and send it (with payment) to the Registry Office in New Zealand closest to where you will be married.

When you arrive in New Zealand, you then need to visit that office, sign the declaration before a Registrar of Marriages and collect the marriage licence. Or, the declaration must either be signed by a Commonwealth Representative, and then sent (with payment) to the Registry Office in New Zealand closest to where you will be married. If it is convenient, you can have the declaration witnessed by a Commonwealth Representative, for instance, at our London or Sydney office.

Note: only the Notice of Intended Marriage where both parties ordinarily resident outside New Zealand (BDM 58) can be signed by a Commonwealth representative.

If you want to re-affirm your wedding vows, there is no legal requirement and therefore no forms are required.

Auckland
Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages
P O Box 6147
Auckland 1141
Level 6, AA Building
99 Albert Street
Auckland 1010
Freephone:  0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
Phone: (+64 4) 463 9362
Fax: (+64 9) 362 7908
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm, except Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Manukau
Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages
P O Box 76-222
Manukau City 2241
Level 1
20-24 Lambie Drive
Manukau City, Auckland 2104
Freephone:  0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
Phone: (+64 4) 463 9362
Fax: (+64 9) 262 2404
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm, except Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Department of Internal Affairs Wellington

Births, Deaths and Marriages
P O Box 10-526
Wellington 6143
Level 3
109 Featherston Street
Wellington 6011
Freephone:  0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
Phone: (+64 4) 463 9362
Fax: (+64 4) 382 3515 (for certificate and printout orders)
Fax: (+64 4) 382 3613 (for general enquiries)
Email: bdm.nz@dia.govt.nz
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm, except Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Centre

Freephone:  0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
Phone: (+64 4) 463 9362
Email: bdm.nz@dia.govt.nz

If you are emailing about an order you have placed you must provide the following:
•    your name
•    delivery address
•    details of the product you ordered including, full name and date of event, for example Birth Certificate for John Smith, Date of Birth 01/02/2012.

Click on the link below to view office details for Internal Affairs Christchurch, Australia and the United Kingdom.
http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Services-Births-Deaths-and-Marriages-How-to-Contact-Us?OpenDocument

Check the website to verify pricing.  Valid as at June 2014.