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Extra support for people to change registered sex

Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti. Photo: SunLive.

The Government is increasing support for New Zealanders wanting to change their sex marker on birth certificates, says Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti.

"This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and is committed to making it easier for people to formally acknowledge their identified gender."

Her comments accompany the release of the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Working Group for Reducing Barriers to Changing Registered Sex. Read more here.

The Working Group’s report contained multiple recommendations to the government and Family Court.

"I am pleased to say we are implementing most of the recommendations in some form already and are making real progress.

"People have been able to change the sex on their birth certificate since the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Act was passed in 1995, but there are significant barriers to this. The Working Group advised on ways to improve the process.

"The findings of the Working Group demonstrated the costs and complexities in changing the sex marker on a birth certificate, and showed why many people find it too difficult."

Currently, people can self-identify their gender on the driver’s licence or passport - but to change their sex on a birth certificate, they need to go to the Family Court for a declaration and provide medical evidence as part of this process.

"Things like waiving the application fees associated with this process have made a real difference, and reduced the financial burden by up to $95.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Working Group members for developing the recommendations and helping to make the process more transparent."

Alongside implementing the recommendations of the Working Group report, the Government is progressing work on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill with the hope of passing it this year.

The Bill will enable people to self-identify their sex on their birth certificate without going to the Family Court.

They will instead be able to apply online as they currently do for other identity documents, like driver’s licenses and passports.

"I will take a range of perspectives into account as I make decisions on the future of the Bill, including whether it will come before Select Committee again. It is important we get this right," says Tinetti.

"I understand the frustrations from communities that have been fighting for these changes since 2007, and I am urgently progressing work to enable the cabinet decisions required to get the Bill moving."

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Changing

Posted on 01-05-2021 10:05 | By Mein Fuhrer

A legal document just because someone "feels" they’re a different gender than the 2 that nature created, is total nonsense. Stop pandering to idiotic minorities and their Marxist agenda.

Tom Ranger

Posted on 29-04-2021 15:58 | By

Why not change the way we record these people so it’s more accurate. Option 1) Born with a visible penis. Option 2) Born with a visible vagina. Option 3) Both Can be more accurate by adding to the above... Option 1) XY Option 2) XX Option 3) Both XX and XY chromosomes. I have heard estimates as high as 2% of the worlds population has both. Some women I’ve heard of have small testes inside their abdomen for example. Which doctors have often attempted to remove. They should be left alone. It’s natural so let their bodies do what they are supposed to do and let’s be honest about it. We are all a mix of Masculine and Feminine. All males were female in the womb. This should be taught a lot more at primary school so we all feel comfortable in our own skins.

birth certificate

Posted on 29-04-2021 14:33 | By hapukafin

Minister you are out of order.The birth certificate is just what it says .It register you when you are born as physically represented.Its not a choice to change.

Hmmm

Posted on 29-04-2021 11:41 | By

Just what is the real agenda of this flakey government...? I suspect that they have admitted to themselves that they just don’t have the talent to achieve the big challenges and are instead only focusing on the personal agendas of the flakey membership of their coalition government. The most diverse government appears to not be able to work without threats to withdraw support unless their ridiculous personal agendas are addressed. The ultimate cost to the nation in inactivity will be enormous.