A person’s sex can change over the course of their lifetime and other information in the recently released standard on sex and gender.

Jan Rivers made this Official Information request to Statistics New Zealand

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From: Jan Rivers

Dear Statistics New Zealand,
In the recently released https://www.stats.govt.nz/methods/statis... the statement is made in the definition of sex that "a person’s sex can change over the course of their lifetime and may differ from their recorded at birth.

Please can you explain what it means to says that a person’s sex has change over the course of their lifetime and whether it is the chromosomes, hormones, and reproductive organs which have caused the change in sex. Please can you advise the research sources that have been used to support this statement.

Please can you advise the risk assessment that has been undertaken to support the following changes:

The change of the meaning of gender to a meaning which incorporates self-identified gender identity - when gender has a specific meaning in international treaties such as CEDAW.

The decision to collect self-identified gender by default in areas where the collection of sex information is mandated by the legislation such as in equal pay agreements.

The decision to allow for the collection of data by gender which is self-identified gender identity when gender self-identification is not supported by legislation.

Yours faithfully,

Jan Rivers

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From: Stallah Valaau
Statistics New Zealand

Kia ora Jan,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information related to Stats NZ's recently released statistical standards for gender, sex and variation of sex characteristics. Your query relates to information already available hence this being considered a standard request for more information.

I have referred your query to the appropriate business area within Stats NZ and they will soon get in touch with you.

Should you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact me.

Ngā mihi

Stallah Valaau
Advisor – Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive
Kaitohutohu – Tari O Te Kaitautauranga Matua Me Te Pouārahi Matua | Stats NZ | Tatauranga Aotearoa
P O Box 2922, Wellington 6011 | ddi: +64 4 931 4838 |mob: 021 575 528 | stats.govt.nz
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