Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 2021

Public Act
 
2021 No 57
Date of assent
 
15 December 2021
Commencement
 
see section 2

Contents

1Title
2Commencement
3Purpose of this Act
4Interpretation
5Transitional, savings, and related provisions
6Act binds the Crown
7Definitions used in this Part
8Notifications, applications, and requests must include information required by this Act and regulations
9Registrar-General may register information only if requirements met
10Birth in New Zealand must be notified
11Preliminary notice of birth in New Zealand must be provided
12Parents must notify birth in New Zealand
13Notification of birth in New Zealand must include name information
14Who must notify birth of child found abandoned in New Zealand
15Any person may notify birth that occurs outside New Zealand on New Zealand ship or New Zealand aircraft
16Registrar-General must register birth in New Zealand if notified within 2 years
17When Registrar-General may register birth that occurs outside New Zealand
18Registrar-General may decline to register certain names
19Birth record must indicate if person is New Zealand citizen by birth
20Birth record must include parents’ details
21Parents may request that birth record include information relating to parents’ marriage or civil union after child’s birth
22Registration of information relating to parents’ marriage or civil union after birth
23Eligibility to apply for registration of nominated sex
24Application by eligible person for registration of their nominated sex
25Application by guardian of eligible child for registration of child’s nominated sex
26Registrar-General must register nominated sex if requirements met
27Effect of registration of nominated sex
28Registrar-General must give effect to decisions under Care of Children Act 2004
29Other correction powers not affected
30Appeals against Registrar-General’s decisions
31Court must notify Registrar-General of New Zealand adoptions
32Registration of New Zealand adoptions
33Registration of overseas adoptions
34Adopted person or adoptive parent may apply to include additional information
35Registrar-General must register additional information requested by adopted person or adoptive parents
36Variation or discharge of adoption order to be recorded
37Registrar-General may supply adoption information to overseas registration authority
38Deaths in New Zealand must be notified
39Preliminary notice of death must be provided to Registrar-General
40Registrar-General must be notified when body disposed of or removed
41High Court must notify Registrar-General if giving leave to swear to person’s death
42Coroner must notify Registrar-General of death reported to coroner
43Other person may be authorised to notify
44Person who disposes of, removes, or takes disinterred body must notify Registrar-General
45When death that occurs outside New Zealand may be notified
46Registrar-General must register death that occurs in New Zealand if notified in accordance with this subpart
47Registrar-General may register death that occurs outside New Zealand only in limited circumstances
48Registrar-General must register deaths of certain service personnel
49Overseas death certificate may be provided to Registrar-General
50Registrar-General may record receipt of overseas death information
51Registrar-General may issue written statement about overseas death on request
52Marriage or civil union in New Zealand must be notified
53Celebrant must provide marriage or civil union form to Registrar-General
54Registering officer of Society of Friends or exempt religious body must provide marriage form to Registrar-General
55Person who solemnises service marriage must notify marriage to Registrar-General
56Party to service marriage (or descendant) may notify service marriage to Registrar-General
57Overseas ceremony attended by New Zealand representative may be notified
58Registrar-General must register marriage or civil union if requirements met
59Registrar-General to note change of form of relationship
60Notification of dissolution of marriage or civil union in New Zealand
61Registration of dissolution of marriage or civil union
62Overseas divorce or dissolution certificate may be provided to Registrar-General
63Registrar-General may record receipt of overseas divorce or dissolution information
64Registrar-General may issue written statement about overseas divorce or dissolution on request
65Notification of conviction for bigamy or coerced marriage or civil union
66Registrar-General must register conviction for bigamy or coerced marriage or civil union
67Guardian may request name change within 2 years of child’s birth
68Eligibility to apply for name change
69Application for name change by eligible person
70Application for name change by guardian of eligible child
71When Registrar-General may register name change
72Registrar-General must give effect to decisions under Care of Children Act 2004
73Person may request name change be included in marriage or civil union record
74Registration of new names in marriage or civil union information
75Minister of Police may request new identity information for certain witnesses and undercover Police officers
76Director-General of intelligence and security agency may request new identity information for employee
77Minister may direct that new identity information be created for witness or undercover Police officer
78Request for certificate
79Certificates as evidence
80Contents of birth certificates generally
81Contents of birth certificate issued after correction of information in birth record
82Request for adopted person’s birth certificate must specify most recent names
83Contents of adopted person’s birth certificate
84Contents of death certificate
85Contents of marriage or civil union certificate
86Contents of name-change certificate
87Definitions used in this subpart
88Person must confirm identity to access information under this subpart
89Registrar-General may make certain limited information available to search online
90Registrar-General may make historical information available online
91Any person may request access to information in relation to named person
92Registrar-General may provide access to information or document unless restriction applies
93Only certain persons may access source documents
94Page of pre-1998 register accessed electronically may contain additional information
95Non-disclosure direction does not apply to searches for certain authorised purposes
96Non-disclosure direction and access register requirements do not apply to certain searches by public sector agencies
97Certain public sector agencies may request searches in public interest or named person’s interest
98Registrar-General must keep access register
99Individual or individual’s representative may request copy of access register
100Public sector agency may request copy of access register for maintenance of law
101Registrar-General may comply with request if requirements met
102Subject of information may request non-disclosure direction
103Effect of non-disclosure direction
104Duration of non-disclosure direction
105Registrar-General may provide limited verification of certain information subject to non-disclosure direction
106Access to restricted adoption information
107Access to restricted name-change information and restricted sex information
108Access to restricted identity information
109Registrar-General may provide access to restricted information on court order
110Any reference to “illegitimate” deemed to be deleted
111Registrar-General may disclose information under approved information sharing agreement
112Registrar-General may disclose information to Schedule 2 agencies under information matching agreement or approved information sharing agreement
113Registrar-General may disclose information for law enforcement purposes
114Registrar-General may share certain personal information with overseas registration authorities
115Supply of information to overseas registration authorities must be in accordance with agreement
116Registrar-General may disclose death information to non-government organisations for certain purposes
117Disclosure of certain information for purposes of Identity Information Confirmation Act 2012
118Access to information for purposes of Identity Information Confirmation Act 2012
119Information recorded under this Act may be used to update information kept under Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004
120Registrar-General may provide information for statistical purposes or for health, historical, or demographic research
121Disclosure of statistical information
122Provision of information to Statistics New Zealand
123Registry established
124Registrar-General
125Deputy Registrar-General
126Registrar-General may delegate functions, duties, and powers to Registrars
127Registrar-General’s powers of inquiry in relation to information recorded in registry
128Registrar-General’s powers of inquiry in relation to information provided or verified electronically
129Registrar-General’s powers of inquiry in relation to statutory declarations
130Registrar-General must decline to register certain information
131Registrar-General must correct errors
132Birth record of child conceived through assisted human reproduction procedure must specify parents as determined under Status of Children Act 1969
133Family Court may consider proposed corrections in cases of difficulty or dispute
134Health information may be used to correct records
135Registrars authorised to take statutory declarations
136Registrar-General may specify how notifications, requests, applications, and other documents must be provided
137Fees
138False statements
139Offences relating to registry
140Other offences
141Consent of Registrar-General required for prosecution
142No liability for costs incurred in supplying information
143Protection from liability for supply of information
144Regulations
145Review of certain provisions relating to applications for registration of nominated sex
146Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995 repealed
147Consequential amendments
Legislative history
Administrative information

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: