Finding your birth parents
If you were born in NZ and you're adopted, once you turn 20 you can request your original birth certificate, and any information about your adoption records held by Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children.
Getting your original birth certificate
Your original birth certificate may include the details of both your birth mother and birth father.
Complete a form and send it to the address listed in the form:
Adopted before 1 March 1986
Living in NZ
Your birth certificate will not be sent directly to you. Instead you need to nominate an adoption counsellor who will receive it for you, and discuss the options available. You can choose either an independent counsellor or someone from the Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children. A list of approved counsellors is included with the form.
When your counsellor receives your birth certificate they will contact you to talk about what you’d like to do next. Their role is to give you information, assistance and support. They cannot withhold any information you’re entitled to, and can often give you helpful advice about how to find and contact your biological parents.
If you live outside New Zealand you do not need to choose a counsellor. Your birth certificate will be sent directly to you.
Adopted on or after 1 March 1986
You'll be offered counselling but you can ask for your birth certificate to be sent directly to you.
It costs $15.30 to order a copy of your original birth certificate.
Standard delivery within New Zealand is free. Courier and overseas delivery fees are charged in New Zealand dollars and range from NZD$5 to NZD$30.
Records at Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
You can ask Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children for any information they have about your adoption.
To do this, contact an adoption social worker and give them a copy of your original birth certificate. They’ll find your adoption records and give you any details recorded at the time of your placement.
Freephone: 0508 326 459
Visit the Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children website for information about finding your birth parents:
If you were born using donor sperm or a donor egg, the identity of your donor may be recorded in the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Register.