Civil registration in New Zealand dates from 1848 when it was under the control of the Colonial Secretary’s Office. At first only births and deaths were recorded with marriages six years later in 1854. This applied to all New Zealand residents and was not compulsory until 1856. The separate registration of Maori marriages started in 1911 with separate birth and death registers starting in 1913. In 1961 the registration for both Maori and non Maori were combined.
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