There were 20,900 marriages in New Zealand last year, compared to 338 civil unions.
According to Statistics New Zealand, 273 Kiwi couples legalised their relationship in a civil union, of which 73 per cent  were same-sex. A further 65 civil unions were registeted to overseas residents.
The 199 same-sex civil unions entered into by Kiwi couples resident in New Zealand in 2010 constitutes 0.9% of the total unions (marriages + civil unions) entered into by NZ resident Kiwi couples in 2010.
Since the Civil Union Act came into force six years ago, and taking account of the growth in New Zealand population each year, the number of civil unions has progressively dropped each year from a high of 430 in 2006.
At the current rate of decline of civil unions entered into each year and the rate of dissolution of such relations, one wonders how long this ‘institution’ will go the way of the dinosaurs – a mysterious extinction that will catch us all by surprise.