The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

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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

Queens Birthday Hours (New Zealand)

Births, Deaths and Marriages will be closed on Monday the 1st of June for Queen's Birthday. During this time a Call Out service is available for urgent death registrations and other urgent matters, please contact us for further information. Our office will reopen with full services on Tuesday the 2nd of June.