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LOVE SOARS: Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has married his long-time girlfriend Hannah Clarke.
LOVE SOARS: Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has married his long-time girlfriend Hannah Clarke.

The second Conchord has been grounded. Flight of the Conchords co-star Bret McKenzie has married long-time girlfriend Hannah Clarke in a Wellington registry office.

The comedian met his filmmaker wife when they were both at high school in Wellington. They began dating as students at Victoria University.

The couple are expecting a child.

McKenzie's wedding on Wednesday follows that of his fellow Conchord, Jemaine Clement, to Wellington actress and theatre director Miranda Manasiadis in a Los Angeles registry office last August. The couple have a son who was born in New York in October.

The popular comedy duo and their wives have been holidaying in New Zealand for a few weeks before a Conchords' tour of the United States, beginning next month.

Though family have said McKenzie and Clement had hoped to "slip in under the radar", they have scheduled a few key events besides the wedding. They are due to play at a charity tennis match with oversized racquets today, and will perform another charity fundraiser for Masterton's Makoura College on March 31.

McKenzie created an internet phenomenon from a three-second appearance as an elf extra on movie Lord of the Rings, prompting amorous fans to dub him figwit (Frodo is great, who is that?).

Last year, he was listed as one of Who magazine's 100 sexiest people.

Clarke made a documentary in 2004 about McKenzie's unorthodox celebrity. Her recent documentary, Flight of the Conchords: on Air, which tracks the rise of the duo, was shown this month before the launch of their second HBO series here.