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Births


Births, Deaths and Marriages is responsible for the registration of all births that take place in New Zealand, and for the upkeep of, and access to those records. Through Births, Deaths and Marriages you can:
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.

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Last updated: 30/06/2006