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Bilingual Birth Certificates from 1 March


On 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.

In recent years the Department of Internal Affairs has introduced a bilingual passport and provided Te Reo Maori translation of key customer information on the website www.bdm.govt.nz

There are plans to issue bilingual marriage and death certificates at a later stage.

Decorative birth certificates will be issued later this year (2004). They will offer an additional option for New Zealanders who would like to purchase a special birth certificate with a particular design. The standard bilingual birth certificate will still be available.

If you require further information about bilingual birth certificates please click here for FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) or contact us.

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Last updated: 02/03/2005