Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Amendment Act 2001

Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Amendment Act 2001

Public Act2001 No 56
Date of assent26 September 2001

Note

This Act is administered in the Department of Internal Affairs.


The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 New section 78A inserted
  • The principal Act is amended by inserting, after section 78, the following section:

    78A Disclosure of birth information, death information, and marriage information to certain specified agencies for certain purposes
    • (1) The purpose of this section is to authorise the disclosure of birth information, death information, and marriage information to certain specified agencies for certain purposes.

      (2) The Registrar-General and the chief executive of a specified agency listed in the first column of Schedule 1A may enter into an agreement for the disclosure by the Registrar-General to the chief executive of any information described in the second column of that schedule in relation to the specified agency only for the purpose described in the third column of that schedule in relation to the information.

      (3) An agreement entered into under subsection (2) may be varied by the Registrar-General and the chief executive.

      (4) The Registrar-General may disclose birth information, death information, and marriage information to the chief executive only in accordance with Schedule 1A and an agreement entered into under subsection (2).

      (5) In this section, specified agency has the meaning given to it by section 97 of the Privacy Act 1993.

4 New Schedule 1A inserted
  • The principal Act is amended by inserting, before Schedule 1, the Schedule 1A set out in the Schedule.


Schedule
New Schedule 1A inserted in Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995

s 4

Schedule 1A
Disclosure of information to specified agencies

s 78A

Specified agencyType of informationPurpose
Department for CourtsMarriage informationTo verify a fine defaulter's change of name
 Death information

To—

  • (a) remove the names of deceased persons from jury lists:

  • (b) remit or enforce payment of fines owed by deceased persons

Department of Internal AffairsBirth information, marriage information and death information

To verify whether a person is eligible—

  • (a) to hold a New Zealand passport:

  • (b) for New Zealand citizenship

Department of Inland RevenueBirth information and marriage information

To verify the identity of a person to establish—

  • (a) the tax file number of the person:

  • (b) the details of an applicant for child support

 Death informationTo identify deceased taxpayers and verify their details
Land Transport Safety Authority of New ZealandBirth informationTo verify details supplied by an applicant for a driver licence
 Marriage informationTo verify the change of name of the holder of a driver licence
 Death informationTo identify deceased holders of driver licences
Department of LabourBirth information

To verify—

  • (a) a person's citizenship status:

  • (b) a person's entitlement to reside in New Zealand

 Marriage informationTo verify the marriage of a person to a New Zealand citizen
 Death informationTo identify deceased holders of limited term permits or visas
Department of Work and IncomeBirth information, marriage information, and death informationTo verify a person's eligibility or continuing eligibility for benefits, war pensions, grants, loans, or allowances

Legislative history

20 September 2001Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (Bill 97-2), third reading
26 September 2001Royal assent