Citizenship Act 1977

  • This version was reprinted on 31 October 2014 to make a correction to the definition of employee in section 2(1) under section 25(1)(i) of the Legislation Act 2012.
26A Disclosure of citizenship information to certain specified agencies for certain purposes
  • (1) The purpose of this section is to authorise the disclosure of citizenship information to certain specified agencies for certain purposes.

    (2) The Secretary and the chief executive of a specified agency listed in the first column of Schedule 4 may enter into an agreement for the disclosure by the Secretary to the chief executive of citizenship information only for the purpose described in the second column in relation to the specified agency.

    (3) For the purposes of subsection (2), an agreement made in relation to citizenship information to be used to verify whether a person is eligible to hold a New Zealand passport, must be entered into by the Secretary in his or her capacity as the holder of citizenship information with himself or herself in the capacity as the holder of information under the Passports Act 1992.

    (4) An agreement entered into under subsection (2) may be varied by the Secretary and the chief executive.

    (5) The Secretary may disclose citizenship information to the chief executive only in accordance with Schedule 4 and an agreement entered into under subsection (2).

    (5A) Despite anything in this section, the Secretary may disclose information about a person's citizenship status or the citizenship status of a person's parent or parents to the Registrar-General appointed under section 79(1) of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995 for the purpose of recording that person's citizenship status on his or her birth record.

    (6) In this section,—

    citizenship information means information held by the Secretary that relates to the acquisition or loss of citizenship by, or the citizenship status of, any person; and includes information as to any change of identity or gender

    specified agency has the meaning given to it by section 97 of the Privacy Act 1993.

    Section 26A: inserted, 27 September 2001, by section 3 of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2001 (2001 No 58).

    Section 26A(5A): inserted, on 21 April 2005, by section 12(2) of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 43).

    Section 26A(5A): amended, on 24 January 2009, by section 47 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).

    Section 26A(6) citizenship information: amended, on 21 April 2005, by section 12(1) of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 43).