Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

50 Register of deaths of certain service personnel

(1)

The Registrar-General shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that there is and continues to be recorded in respect of each person who, in the Registrar-General’s opinion, died outside New Zealand while a member of, and on service with,—

(a)

a naval, military, or air force raised in New Zealand, or in—

(i)

any other State that was a Commonwealth country when the force was raised; or

(ii)

any State for whose international relations New Zealand or another State that was a Commonwealth country when the force was raised was then responsible; or

(b)

a United Nations activity within the meaning of sections 91 to 95 of the Policing Act 2008,—

all the information (so far as it is known) described in subsection (2).

(2)

The information to be recorded is:

(a)

name and sex:

(b)

force or unit served in, and rank or level of position, at the time of death, and official number:

(c)

last occupation and usual place of abode before departure from New Zealand:

(d)

birthplace and parentage:

(e)

date of birth, or age at date of death:

(f)

relationship status at time of death:

(g)

date and place of death:

(h)

cause of death:

(i)

place of disposal:

(j)

the source of information from which the particulars were obtained.

(3)

For the purpose of recording information under this section, the Registrar-General may accept—

(a)

in proof of the death of any person—

(i)

the fact that the High Court has granted probate or administration of the estate of the person; or

(ii)

the fact that the High Court has granted leave to swear to the death; or

(iii)

a certificate signed by an officer of the force concerned; or

(iv)

a certificate signed by an officer of a force (being a force of another country or of the United Nations) acting in co-operation with the force concerned; or

(v)

a certificate signed by any person approved for the purpose by the Minister of Defence or, as the case requires, the Minister of Police:

(b)

in proof of the death of any person, or of any other information required by subsection (2) to be recorded, any evidence the Registrar-General thinks sufficient.

Compare: 1951 No 22 s 36

Section 50(1)(b): amended, on 1 October 2008, by section 130(1) of the Policing Act 2008 (2008 No 72).

Section 50(2)(b): amended, on 1 October 2008, by section 130(1) of the Policing Act 2008 (2008 No 72).

Section 50(2)(f): substituted, on 26 April 2005, by section 7 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).