New Zealand ready to celebrate change
law has meant they (international websites advertising gay marriage services) are really eager to tap into New Zealand. ‘‘It’s an angle of opportunity I am happy with,’’ she said. However, the retreat was not only for the gay fraternity but for all couples, she said. The site’s Purple Unions Wedding Vendor Directory also helps gay couples find celebrants, wedding photographers and planners. Vincent Community Board chairwoman and Central Otago District Councillor Clair Higginson said the law change better reflected the diversity of relationships of people who loved each other in New Zealand. Ms Higginson, who in 2008 had a civil union ceremony with her partner Kay Chamberlain, believed several celebrants and venues in Central Otago that conduct civil union ceremonies would follow suit and offer same-sex marriages. Meanwhile, Queenstown Gay Ski Week will run from August 31 until September 7. Event organiser Sally Whitewoods said the event’s largest followers were from Australia, with at least 60 per cent of last year’s participants from across the ditch. With same-sex marriage not permitted under Australian federal law there was ‘‘no question’’ that people would be looking for places they could tie the knot. A wedding page would soon be added to the ski week’s website to help anyone who wanted to get married in the area.