Enquiring about birth certificates and the registration of a New Zealand citizen.

Shane Glassie made this Official Information request to Department of Internal Affairs

The request was partially successful.

From: Shane Glassie

Dear Department of Internal Affairs,

Hi there,

Just a couple of quick questions.

1 ; Does the State of New Zealand class the document Birth Certificate as property of, the State of New Zealand, or New Zealand, Aotearoa or any governmental bodies or registration thereof known to have, New Zealand or the State of New Zealand in all it`s titles as their property?

2: Why does the registration of birth of a child state, that a stillborn that is over 400 grams and goes over the 20 week period of pregnancy is considered by the state of New Zealand as a stillborn child?
b ; Approximately how many citizens of New Zealand will now have registered their babies under this document as stillborn according to the governments definition on the registration form?

Thank you have a nice day!:)

Yours faithfully,


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From: Daniel Anderson
Department of Internal Affairs

Attachment OIA 1718 0243 Formal response from Internal Affairs.pdf
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Dear Mr Glassie.

Please find attached the response to your request for official information made to the Department of Internal Affairs.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Anderson | Business Support Officer 
Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua 
DDI: +64 4 382 3697 | xtn 4697
120 Victoria Street | PO Box 10-526, Wellington 6143 | www.dia.govt.nz

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Shane Glassie left an annotation ()

Definition of certificate is an official document according to interpretation by Blacks Law dictionary.

Part B of the 2nd question was not answered in a straight forward manner and not the question I asked.

If I need to write to the Ministry of Justice to ask why their definition of a stillborn is above 400 grams and over a 20 week period as well as under 400 grams and under the 20 week period of pregnancy and birth.
I don`t believe it`s just a typo...
Even with the certificate/ official document/ contract, people born alive and healthy are considered stillborn with your parents autograph/ signature at registration. Which means you are entitled to nothing and neither are you children.
Something to think about when you sign your childs life over to the state.

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