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Tips and resources to help you find information about your birth parents.
Providing there is no veto placed, you can apply for your pre-adoptive birth certificate once you turn 20 years old.
This certificate shows details of your birth registration prior to your adoption, including:
Once you've received your original or pre-adoptive birth certificate, it will usually show your birth mother's full name, age, her maiden name (if married), and her place of birth.
There are different ways to find more information about your birth mother.
Request a copy of your birth mother's birth certificate from the Central Registry. This will provide details of her birth parent(s) and if she has any older siblings.
Look at electoral rolls from the date of your birth for your birth mother and for other family members (parents and siblings). Auckland Libraries holds every New Zealand electoral roll from 1853 to present day.
Search for death certificates for either parent. They will not only show the date of death but also how many surviving children (if any), their sex and ages. Their death notice in the local newspaper will give names of family members and possibly the married name of the birth mother and where she resided at the time of the death.
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