Civil Registration 

The registration of European births and deaths commenced in 1848 and marriages in 1856. The registration of separate Maori births deaths and marriages commenced in 1911. Births, deaths and civil marriages are registered at a District Registry Office and a copy of each entry sent to the Registrar-General’s Office (RGO). Marriages performed by a civil celebrant are registered at the District Registry Office where the Marriage Licence Application was made, whilst marriages performed by a minister of religion are entered in the church marriage register. A copy of each marriage register entry, whether civil or religious is forwarded to the Registrar General’s Office. It should be noted that birth and death entries from 1876 and marriage entries from 1880, contain more information than entries recorded before these dates. The Maori and European marriage registration systems were combined in 1952 and the birth and death systems in 1961. The historic BDM indexes can be searched on-line at HERE