Adult Adoption Information Act 1985

2 Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

adopted person means a person in respect of whom an adoption order has at any time been made; and adopted has a corresponding meaning

adoption order means an adoption order made under the Adoption Act 1955 or any corresponding former enactment; and includes an instrument details of which have been registered under section 21A of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1951 or section 25 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

adoptive parent, in relation to any other person, means a person who has at any time, either alone or pursuant to an application made jointly with a spouse, adopted that other person under an adoption order; but no person shall be an adoptive parent by reason only of—

(a)

having consented to an adoption by a spouse; or

(b)

having become the spouse of an adoptive parent after the adoption concerned

adult as a noun means a person who has attained the age of 20 years; and as an adjective it has a corresponding meaning

approved organisation means an organisation for the time being approved under section 12(1)

approved person means a person for the time being approved under section 12(1); and includes a person whose name is for the time being notified under section 12(2)

birth parent, in relation to any other person, means a person who is that other person’s biological mother or father

chief executive means the chief executive of the Department

Department means the department for the time being responsible for the administration of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989

identifying information, in relation to any person, means that person’s name or address; and includes any information that is likely to enable any other person to ascertain that person’s name or address

original birth certificate, in relation to any person, means a birth certificate (within the meaning of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995) containing information recorded under that Act or a former Act (within the meaning of that Act) relating to the person’s birth, bearing on its face the words “ISSUED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE ADULT ADOPTION INFORMATION ACT 1985”; and includes any such certificate from which there have been omitted, in accordance with this Act, any details relating to either or both of the person’s birth parents

Registrar-General means the Registrar-General appointed under the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

social worker means a social worker employed as such under Part 5 of the State Sector Act 1988 in the Department; and, in relation to any matter undertaken by one social worker, includes any other social worker dealing with that matter.

Section 2 adoption order: amended, on 24 January 2009, by section 47 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).

Section 2 chief executive: inserted, on 1 October 1999, by section 13 of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services Act 1999 (1999 No 82).

Section 2 Department: substituted, on 1 October 1999, by section 13 of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services Act 1999 (1999 No 82).

Section 2 Department: amended, on 14 July 2017, by section 149 of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act 2017 (2017 No 31).

Section 2 Director-General: repealed, on 1 October 1999, by section 13 of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services Act 1999 (1999 No 82).

Section 2 original birth certificate: substituted, on 1 September 1995, by section 95 of the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (1995 No 16).

Section 2 original birth certificate: amended, on 24 January 2009, by section 47 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).

Section 2 Registrar-General: amended, on 24 January 2009, by section 47 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).

Section 2 social worker: amended, on 1 October 1999, by section 13 of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services Act 1999 (1999 No 82).

Section 2 social worker: amended, on 1 April 1990, by section 36(2) of the Social Welfare (Transitional Provisions) Act 1990 (1990 No 26).