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Your Rights

New Zealand has a unique system of rights and documentation for transgender people. Explore the links below to learn more, or give us a call if you need further information.

Department of Internal Affairs

All of the Department of Internal Affairs' information for transgender people is located on their website. The page contains links to the Citizenship Office and Passport Office policies for transgender applicants, as well as information about Family Court declarations as to the sex to be shown on birth certificates under section 28 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995 (“the BDMRR Act”).
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Human Rights Commission Action on the Transgender Inquiry

In January 2008 the Human Rights Commission published To Be Who I Am/Kia noho au ki toku ano ao, the final report of the Transgender Inquiry, which examined the discrimination suffered by trans people in New Zealand. The focus is now on implementing the Inquiry’s recommendations and other suggested actions.
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New Zealand Passports

As a transgendered individual, you have the right to apply to change the gender on your passport, either from M to F, F to M, or even to X. Even passport holders born overseas are entitled to apply for the change.
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Standards of Care

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health's Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders articulate our organization's professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical management of gender identity disorders.
Download the Standards of Care*

Primary Care Protocol for Transgender Patient Care

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health's Primary Care Protocol for Transgender Patient Care outline a range of care protocols specific to various health conditions which may be uniquely experienced by transgendered people.
Visit the Protocol Database

Transgender People at Work

The Department of Labour has put out documents about trans people at work, including how employers can be sensitive to their trans employees, and what employees can do if you are being discriminated against.
Download the Guide for Employees*
Download the Guide for Employers*

* You will need Adobe Reader in order to view these documents, which is free software and can be downloaded here.