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Tue 13 Feb 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

A guest at Rainbow Labour MP Chris Carter and long-time partner Peter Kaiser's Civil Union on Saturday says the ceremony brought many there to tears. Shane Neal, chair of the HEROic Gardens, was at the ceremony with his partner Damian. “It was just a very personal day for their close family, friends and work colleagues,” he says. There were around 180 guests at the union, including Prime Minister Helen Clark with her husband, and Judith Tizard, Phil Goff, and David Tuncliffe among the several other MP's there. Entertainment was by Cindy of Samoa and Mika. As they exchanged rings, “there was a lot of focus on the fact that they've been together for 33 years,” continues Neal, “and that they hope to be together for another 33. Peter had a lot of his family over from Holland. Others were from London, Los Angeles, and Hawaii.” The couple both wore suits with little flowers in their breast pockets – Carter in off-white and Kaiser in grey. Neal says it was a beautiful event. “Very emotional, it brought a lot of us to tears as they talked and moved through the ceremony.”     Ref: (m)

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First published: Tuesday, 13th February 2007 - 12:00pm

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