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The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


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Data tracking used by this website

This website uses cookies to record information about user behaviour. A cookie is a piece of code that creates a file on your computer to track the pages that you view on our website. This information is collected so that we may provide you with a better web service.

This data cannot be used to identify individuals or any personal information. The aggregate data is collected and stored on our internal servers only and accessed only by authorised staff. We do not share this information with any other agency.

You may turn off cookies at any time. Most browsers have a feature that allows the user to refuse cookies or issues a warning when cookies are being sent - check your browser's "Help". Turning off cookies will not affect your ability to use this site.

If you have any questions, please email:

Personal information submitted to the Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs collects personal information to assist with the provision of a variety of services (For example, in the provision of passports and birth certificates). You may browse and access information contained within this website without providing personal information, however, where you voluntarily provide personal information (e.g. through online forms) we will only keep and use that information for the purpose with which it was collected.

Information matching and disclosure

The department will not disclose personal information provided by you to any third parties, except where authorised by statute. Information provided by you may be used by other government agencies to allow more effective verification of information including your identity. This is important for maintaining the integrity of our services and to help in assessing your eligibility for various services. Information matching is carried out in accordance with Part 10 of the Privacy Act and is monitored by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. See more about information matching.

Further privacy information

Much of the personal information collected from individuals relates to identity services. Click here for further information on privacy issues and personal information as relates to births, deaths, marriages and civil union services and passports and citizenship (Identity Services).

Concerns or feedback

If you wish to view any personal information held by the department or you have concerns about the personal information we hold, please email us at:

Or write to:

The Privacy Office
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140