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A New Zealand Birth CertificateUntil the end of 2005, most children born in New Zealand (or in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau) were automatically New Zealand citizens at birth (with few exceptions).
From 1 January 2006, children born in New Zealand (or in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau) acquire New Zealand citizenship at birth only if at least one of their parents:
- is a New Zealand citizen; or
- has residency (i.e. is entitled to be in New Zealand or Australia indefinitely); or
- is entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue.
A New Zealand PassportA New Zealand passport is acceptable proof of New Zealand citizenship provided that:
- it was issued after 1950;
- it was valid for five years or more;
- it has no unauthorised alteration or additions;
- it has no endorsements to suggest that more information or documents are required; and
- the biodata information and/or the photograph are not defaced in any way.
A New Zealand Citizenship CertificateA New Zealand certificate of citizenship can be issued to all New Zealand citizens. They come in many different forms including a:
- Citizenship by Grant Certificate.
- Citizenship by Descent Registration Certificate.
- Confirmation of Birth in New Zealand Certificate.
- Confirmation of New Zealand Citizenship by Grant Certificate.
Please Note: New Zealand citizens have the right to renounce their citizenship and the Minister of Internal Affairs may deprive citizenship in rare cases. These numbers are very low, but mean some people may hold evidence that they are a citizen when they no longer are.