The first ever national survey of gays and lesbians has found that an overwhelming number want government recognition of same sex relationships.
In the survey by Massey University, 94% of respondents are in favour of legal recognition of same sex relationships - with the majority preferring marriage to civil unions.
One of the researchers, Mark Henrickson, says there is strong support for marriage among women, the young, those on lower incomes, Green Party supporters and non-voters.
Dr Henrickson says the overall results show the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities are politically involved, highly educated and hold traditional values about relationships.
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