Couple married for 83 years, longest in NZ

As couples across the country celebrate their love on Valentine's Day, New Zealand's longest married couple says the secret to their own union is tolerance.

For the third year running Auckland's Jeram and Ganga Ravji are the longest married couple in New Zealand - and possibly the world record holders too - as they celebrate their 83rd anniversary.

Family First announced the couple - who are turning 102 this year - continue to be the longest-running marriage in New Zealand and are checking up on whether they are world record holders.

Mrs Ravji said the couple had their ups and downs "but you have to live with it and work through it".

She said her parents had instilled in them the importance of marriage and she was concerned that young couples were incapable of making sacrifices.

Mr and Ms Ravji have six children, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

The second longest marriage in New Zealand is Mosgiel couple Eric and Lillian Brinsdon, both 99, who celebrated their 80th anniversary in January.