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Births, deaths and marriages - Whānautanga, matenga, mārenatanga

A selection of old photos including a bride and groom, mothers holding new born babies, a family of children and a funeral procession.

Trace your family history

New Zealand Government historical records for births, deaths and marriages are available to search online. Searches are free, and certificates can be ordered by using your credit card.

Trace your family history on BDM Online

Births, Deaths and Marriages Office Christmas / New Years Opening Hours

Births, Deaths and Marriages will be closed from 5:00pm on the 24th of December, and will reopen on the 5th of January. During this time a Call Out Service is available for urgent death registrations and other urgent matters, please contact us for further information. The Contact Centre will be open the 29th 30th and 31st of December from 8:30am to 5:00pm for urgent enquiries only.