Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

24 Registration of New Zealand adoptions

(1)

On receiving—

(a)

notice under section 23 of this Act or section 21 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1951 relating to the adoption of; or

(b)

notice of the adoption under a former Adoption Act of—

a person whose birth has been registered, the Registrar-General shall forthwith cause the information it contains to be included in the registration.

(2)

On receiving—

(a)

notice under section 23 of this Act or section 21 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1951 relating to the adoption of; or

(b)

notice of the adoption under a former Adoption Act of—

a person whose birth has not been registered, the Registrar-General shall, if satisfied of the correctness or likely correctness of the information relating to the date and place of the person’s birth, forthwith record the information it contains as if the person’s birth is registered and the information is included in the registration.

(3)

The Registrar-General must include additional information described in subsection (5) in the birth information of an adopted person if an application—

(a)

is made under subsection (4)(a); or

(b)

is made under subsection (4)(b) and is accompanied by the adopted person’s written consent if he or she is 16 or 17 years of age.

(4)

The application may be made by—

(a)

the adopted person if he or she is 18 years of age or older or (if younger than 18 years of age) has earlier married, entered into a civil union, or been in a de facto relationship; or

(b)

if the birth information relates to an adopted person who is younger than 18 years of age and has not earlier married, entered into a civil union, or been in a de facto relationship,—

(i)

the adoptive parents (if there are 2 adoptive parents and they are both alive); or

(ii)

the adoptive parent (if there is only 1 adoptive parent or 1 adoptive parent alive).

(5)

The additional information is—

(a)

notice of whether the words “adoptive parent” or “adoptive parents” should appear on birth certificates relating to the adopted person; and

(b)

other information relating to the birth, subject to section 83.

Compare: 1951 No 22 ss 21, 24

Section 24(3): substituted, on 24 January 2009, by section 14 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).

Section 24(4): added, on 24 January 2009, by section 14 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).

Section 24(5): added, on 24 January 2009, by section 14 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).