Over 100 same sex marriages already

00:06, Nov 05 2013
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BEAMING BRIDE: Vicky Irving stares into the eyes of her now wife Kim Earney on their wedding day in Christchurch in August.

More than 100 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, although a dozen have already left for overseas.

Statistics New Zealand figures released this morning show there were 117 same-sex marriages in the September quarter, the first since the same-sex exchanging of marriage vows was legalised in April.

The first same-sex couple married on August 19.

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OUR NEIGHBOURS: Trent Kandler (left) and Paul McCarty (right) were the first Australian same-sex couple to wed in NZ. Their ceremony was inside the beautiful Te Papa marae.

The newlyweds included 56 male and 61 female couples. Only 77 of the couples were Kiwis with the rest making a special trip to New Zealand from overseas to legally exchange vows.

Among them were also 45 couples who traded in a civil union for a marriage.

However, people have not completely abandoned civil union, with 30 same-sex couples still entering into a union during the quarter.

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