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Births, deaths, marriages information might move online

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Public births, deaths, and marriages (BDM) records might soon become available online.

Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne has released a Proposals Paper marking the second stage of a review of the rules governing access to births, deaths, marriages, civil union, and name change records.

The review was started with a Discussion Paper in 2015, which received 80 submissions.

"It is pleasing to note the majority of submissions supported the basic principles underpinning access to BDM records," Mr Dunne says.

"But it was also evident from the submissions that users' expectations about how they want to access BDM information have changed since the current rules were introduced in 2009.

"New Zealanders want to be able interact easily with government in a digital environment," Mr Dunne says.

Submissions are due 29 April 2016, and can be made via the DIA website, email or post.

The proposal papers follow Mr Dunne's announcement last week that, for the first time, Kiwis are more likely to communicate with government online than in person.

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