Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

Part 1 Preliminary

1A Purpose

The purposes of this Act are—

(a)

to require the recording and verification of information relating to births, deaths, marriages, civil unions, name changes, adoptions, and sexual assignments and reassignments, so as to provide—

(i)

a source of demographic information, and information about health, mortality, and other matters important for government; and

(ii)

an official record of births, deaths, marriages, civil unions, and name changes that can be used as evidence of those events and of age, identity, descent, whakapapa, and New Zealand citizenship; and

(b)

to regulate access to, and disclosure of, information recorded in respect of these matters; and

(c)

to regulate the provision and effect of certificates relating to information recorded in respect of births, deaths, marriages, civil unions, and name changes.

Section 1A: inserted, on 24 January 2009, by section 6 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).