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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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Community Matters website

The Department of Internal Affairs' community advisory services and grant funding information now have their own website.

Go to

Internal Affairs advisor Keryn Martin with Jo Connor of community group Supergrans Aotearoa.

Building compliance capability

Find out more about the Guide for Compliance Agencies in New Zealand and the first three compliance qualifications to be registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

Compliance Common Capability Programme

Customs officer inspects video footage

Uncovering our digital treasures

Digital New Zealand A-tihi o Aotearoa makes New Zealand digital content from government departments, publicly funded organisations, the private sector, and community groups easy to find, share and use.

Go to and get involved

The homepage of the DigitalNZ website. Find, share and use New Zealand's digital content.

Identity Theft Checklist

The Department has released a checklist of what you can do to protect yourself from identity theft, and what to do should it happen to you.

Download or use our online Identity Theft Checklist

Identity Theft Checklist. Guidance for the General Public (Identity Assurance Framework).

Trace your family history

New Zealand Government historical records for births, deaths and marriages are available to search online. Searches are free, and certificates can be ordered by using your credit card.

Search Births, Deaths & Marriages Online

A selection of old photos including a bride and groom, mothers holding new born babies, a family of children and a funeral procession.