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Births, Deaths and Marriages - Whanautanga, Matenga, Marenatanga

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Births, Deaths and Marriages is responsible for the registration of all births, deaths and marriages that take place in New Zealand, and for the upkeep of, and access to, those records. Through the Births, Deaths and Marriages Office you can:Bilingual Birth Certificates from 1 March
From 1 March 2004 the Department of Internal Affairs will include a bilingual component in all newly issued birth certificates. All birth certificates will include a Te Reo Maori translation of the key field names.

The introduction of the bilingual birth certificate will contribute to ensuring both English and Te Reo Maori are reflected in birth certificates. The Department of Internal Affairs is committed to supporting the Government's strategy for Te Reo Maori.

There are plans to issue bilingual marriage and death certificates at a later stage. For further information about bilingual birth certificates please click here for FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) or contact us

New Fees Effective 1 September 2003Forms
Download the forms below. Once the form is downloaded to your computer, you can print it, then complete it using a pen and return the form to us by mail or fax. Forms are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the
Adobe site. Hard copy versions are available from Births, Deaths and Marriages.

If you cannot download a form, or would like a paper form sent to you, please contact us.

Relevant law
Births and Deaths Registration Act 1951
Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act 1982
Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act 1991
Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act 1993

Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Amendment Act 1997 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Amendment Act 2000 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Amendment Act 2001 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Fees) Regulations (Search regulations by alphabetical listing)
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Forms) Regulations (Search regulations by alphabetical listing)
Marriage Act 1955 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Marriage Amendment Act 1982 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Marriage Amendment Act 1985 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Marriage Amendment Act 1986 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Marriage Amendment Act 1991 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Marriage Amendment Act 1993 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Marriage Amendment Act (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Marriage Amendment Act 1999 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Status of Children Act 1969 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Status of Children Amendment Act 1983 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Status of Children Amendment Act 1987 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Status of Children Amendment Act 1990 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Status of Children Amendment Act 1994 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Adult Adoption Information Act 1985 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing).

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