Information regarding the registration of your child’s birth is collected under the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995 ('the Act'). Both parents are primarily responsible for notifying the birth as soon as practicable. It is an offence, punishable by a fine, to fail or refuse to provide information for the registration of a birth.
The citizenship or immigration details of the parent(s) of a child born on or after 1 January 2006 will be checked against databases held by the Department of Internal Affairs (Citizenship Office, Passports Office or Births, Deaths and Marriages), the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Immigration) and / or with registration authorities in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau (where relevant). The information will be used to confirm whether your child is a New Zealand citizen by birth.
If you decide to use this form to also apply for an IRD number for your child, Births, Deaths, and Marriages will give the information you have provided on this form to Inland Revenue for this purpose. After giving the information to Inland Revenue, Births, Deaths and Marriages will not retain details of your IRD number if you have provided it on this form.
If you have decided to notify the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) of your child’s birth, Births, Deaths and Marriages will provide MSD with information about the birth when the registration is complete. MSD will use this information to determine how your new baby changes the benefits and services you are entitled to.
After giving the information to MSD, Births Deaths and Marriages will not retain details of your MSD client number if you provided it on this form.
The birth information collected on this form will be held on a public register. The Act governs access to registered birth information. Information about a named individual may generally be accessed by any person upon application (e.g. as a certificate or printout). Information may be released for statistical, or genuine health or demographic research in the public interest, or to certain government agencies, as authorised by law. Information about why the information is collected, the government agencies that are authorised to receive the information, and about a person's right to access and, where appropriate, correct the information, is available on our web site www.bdm.govt.nz, or Freephone 0800 22 52 52.