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Births, Deaths and Marriages - Whanautanga, Matenga, Marenatanga



Service Overview
Births, Deaths and Marriages registers and maintains New Zealand birth, death, marriage and civil union information and provides access to that information by issuing certificates and printouts. The Births, Deaths and Marriages office also appoints marriage and civil union celebrants, and provides other services such as change of name by statutory declaration and certificates of no impediment for people who wish to marry or enter into a civil union overseas. Through Births, Deaths and Marriages you can find further information about: Through this website you can also:
Proposed Fees for Decorative Birth Certificates
The Government is proposing an additional fee to enable people to request and receive a decorative as well as a plain birth certificate at a reduced price. The standard version and the decorative will be $26.00 each, but people will be able to get a 'package' of a decorative and a plain birth certificate for $39.00.

For further information please see Consultation on Proposed Fees for Citizenship and Birth Certificates.


Changes to Citizenship by Birth in New Zealand from 2006
Until the end of 2005, most children born in New Zealand (or in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau) are automatically New Zealand citizens at birth (with few exceptions).

From 1 January 2006, children born in New Zealand (or in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau) will acquire New Zealand citizenship at birth only if at least one of their parents:
  • is a New Zealand citizen; or
  • has permanent residency (i.e. is entitled to be in New Zealand or Australia indefinitely); or
  • is entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue.
For further information see the Changes to Citizenship by Birth in New Zealand from 2006 Frequently Asked Questions.


Forms
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 Births, Deaths and Marriages.

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 of the forms are available from Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Important Note: Please ensure you print and submit all pages of application forms. Change of Name Marriage Civil Union Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Register
Information Brochures
Download the information brochures below, which 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 of the brochures are available from Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Information Matching
Information you supply to us may be used by other government agencies to allow more effective verification of information and help assess your eligibility for various services. Information matching is carried out under the authority of, and consistent with Part 10 of the Privacy Act 1993 and is monitored by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
Relevant law
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Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Fees) Regulations
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Forms) Regulations
Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004
Civil Union Act 2004
Marriage Act 1955
Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005
Status of Children Act 1969
Adult Adoption Information Act 1985

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Last updated: 30/06/2006