Indian-origin couple Jeram and Ganga Ravji declared longest-married pair in New Zealand

Indian-origin couple, Jeram and Ganga Ravji living in Auckland, wins award for longest-married pair in New Zealand. They were felicitated by Family First NZ, a Christian lobby group. They have been married for 81 years and will turn 100 in May & June respectively.


The couple together has six children, 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, all of them live in Auckland. They were betrothed at the age of six in India and married at the age of 19. They started their family life from 1953 in New Zealand, first in Whanganui before moving to Auckland in 1981.

Jeram moved to New Zealand in 1928 when he was 11, five years after the pair became betrothed at age six in 1922. Again he returned to India in few years, he spent few years in India, in between where he got married to Ganga and again moved back with his wife and family in 1953.

Both of them are India’s freedom fighters and were fighting against the rule of the British government. Ganga said Jeram was imprisoned for 10 months for joining Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement against the British rule. Ganga was also beaten often by police during her husband’s time as a freedom fighter to try to get information from her about her husband.

While sharing about the success their long married life, Ganga said “(The advice) we would give to our children if they had difficulties with their marriage would be you have to work hard, you have to have tolerance – that’s the most important part, tolerance.”

As part of their award from Family First NZ, they will have a professional photo sitting with their extended family. The last family photo was taken 10 years ago at their 90th birthday celebrations.

Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ, said, “These awards are an opportunity to promote marriage and honor married couples. We want to celebrate with couples who are setting the example for younger married couples just starting out.”

Statistics say the previous longest marriage in New Zealand is a Christchurch couple who believed to have celebrated their 79th wedding anniversary before the husband died in 2013. The current record in the US is a couple from California who had celebrated 82 years of marriage. Perhaps the Ravjis will break this record!

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