|1848||Birth and Death Registrations Introduced (Colonial Secretary's Office).|
Marriage Registration Act Introduced.
Registry Office Marriages Introduced.
Marriage details/age and birthplace of Parents recorded on birth registrations.
Death registrations include occupation, parental details, where born, when and where buried, marriage details, ages of children of deceased, length of time in NZ.
|Marriage registrations include parental details and the residence of each party to the marriage.|
|1911||Separate Registration of Māori Marriages introduced.|
Death registrations include age of widow and degree of Māori blood.
Official registration of stillborn births provided for, however some stillborn births were registered prior to this date.
Separate Registration of Māori Births and Deaths introduced.
Death registrations include age and sex of live siblings recorded on Birth registration plus number and sex of deceased siblings.
|1914||Recording of First World War deaths.|
|1915||Re-registration of the birth of any child "subject to an adoption order" introduced. Original birth entry closed. New entry registered stating adoptive details.|
|1920||Marriage registrations include dissolution endorsements.|
Registration of births not registered within 2 years. No set time after 2 years to allow the Register-General the authority to register birth.
Prior to this there were other Acts allowing the Registrar-General to register a late birth, however there were specific times set e.g. within one year. Acts were called Extension or Amendment Acts.
Word “Illegitimate” to be omitted from birth registration.
Registering Deaths of Naval forces.
Amendment to the Coroners Act by permitting inquests to be held in cases where the body is irrecoverable and the deaths able to be registered.
Minimum Age of Marriage raised to 16 years.
Prior to this it was -
14 years for males
12 years for females.
Births, Deaths & Marriages transferred from the Department of Internal Affairs to the Department of Justice.
Change made to information registered on Māori Births and Deaths.
|1943||Registration of children born overseas and adopted in New Zealand introduced.|
Recording of Marriage relating to a Service person solemnised outside New Zealand introduced.
Cause of death could be amended if error disclosed by post mortem examination.
|1945||Recording of Second World War plus any future Service personnel death e.g. Korean, Vietnam.|
|1952||Separate Māori marriage registration now combined into General Register.|
Deed poll Endorsements recorded on Birth Registrations.
Prior to the above Deed Polls were lodged at the nearest Supreme Court to where the applicant lived. No provision to notate the relevant birth registration.
Certificate of No Impediment to New Zealand citizen wishing to marry in a foreign country issued.
Introduction of the Marriage Act 1955 which is still in force today.
Separate Māori Birth and Death registrations combined into the General register.
Adoptions made in the Māori land court ceased. All adoptions became processed by the Magistrates Court.
|1972||Birth and Death registrations now in A4 loose leaf form (previously recorded in large registers).|
|1985||Adult Adoption act provided for requests of Pre Adoptive birth certificate by adoptee. Vetoes on disclosure able to be lodged by either adoptee or birth parents.|
NZ Post Office agencies withdrawn. Local authorised agencies established.
Commemorative birth certificates available for the year marking 150 years of the Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Births, Deaths and Marriages transferred from the Department of Justice to Department of Internal Affairs.
Became known as the Central Registry.
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 came into force.
The associated Registration Regulations included prescribed information and forms.
|1998||Centralisation of registration processes.|
|1999||Computerisation / Imaging of Pre 1998 Birth, Death and Marriage registrations commenced.|
Commemorative millennium birth certificates available for children born in 2000.
All birth and Death agency work withdrawn from the courts and local authorisation agencies.
All register books archived.
|2001||Computer imaging of registrations completed.|
Bilingual birth certificates introduced.
Addresses printed on back of certificates.
Civil unions introduced.
Status of children legislation allowing for ‘other parent’ to be included on a birth registration.
Human Assisted Reproduction Technology legislation introduced allowing registration of donors & donor offspring through fertility clinics.
|2006||Citizenship status determined for children born in New Zealand after 1 January 2006.|
|2008||Decorative birth certificates introduced and available for all births.|
Amendments leading to the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registrations came into force on 25 January 2009 changing access requirements.
Allows for internet services to be introduced.
Name change register was established to record name changes processed after this date for overseas born persons.
|2013||Amendments to the Marriage Act allowing same sex marriages.|