This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 January 2006, amend the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration (Prescribed Information and Forms) Regulations 1995 to—
•require birth certificates to show a person's citizenship by birth status, for persons born on or after 1 January 2006; and
•substitute a new form for the notification of births for registration that requires the supply of information about the citizenship or immigration status of a child's parents.
The amendments are a consequence of the changes to citizenship law effected by the Citizenship Amendment Act 2005. Under that Act, children born in New Zealand on or after 1 January 2006 acquire New Zealand citizenship by birth only if at least 1 parent is a New Zealand citizen or a person entitled to reside indefinitely in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, or Tokelau.