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CIVIL REGISTRATION AND VITAL STATISTICS

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

New Zealand
New Zealand

The Registrar General’s office is under the authority of the Department of Internal Affairs. It is responsible for registration of births, deaths and marriages. Vital statistics production and publication are under the authority of Statistics New Zealand. A CRVS coordination team has been established with those two departments and the Ministry of Health.

The country has high level of civil registration, with an estimated 99% of births registered within 1 year, most of which within 5 days. The legal limit to register is 2 months, and it is a free to register children. However, certificates are issued on request only, and for a certain price, which is used as a financing mechanism for the Registration office. An estimated 99.9% of deaths are registered within 1 year, most of which within 3 days from the funeral, and for free. In 2017, approximately 90% of deaths were attributed a medically certified cause. The office can now provide most of its services online.

In parallel, an important part of New Zealand’s action for CRVS is support to small islands nations in the Pacific.

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Jeff Montgomery

RSG Member:

Mr. Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General and General Manager, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Citizenship, Authentications and Translations, Department of Internal Affairs

New Zealand

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.
1.B
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.
1.C
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.
1.D
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered. Target 1E
1.E
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.
2.B
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 Targets:

3.A
By...(year), annual nationally representative statistics on births –disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision –are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.B
By ...(year), annual nationally representative statistics on deaths –disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD, geographic area and administrative subdivision –are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.C
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate)
3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced to 1 per cent.
3.E
By 2024, at least ...per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.
3.F
By ...(year), key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.
3.G
By ...(year), key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.
3.H
By ...(year), an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 is an expression of the internationally accepted principle of the universal coverage of civil registration. The CRVS system should register all vital events occurring in the territory and jurisdiction of the country or area, including among hard-to-reach and marginalized populations.

National Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.

BASELINE

2014

98%

MIDTERM

2017

98%

TARGET

2024

90%

1.B
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.

MIDTERM

2014

100%

TARGET

2024

99%

1.C
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.

TARGET

2024

99%

1.D
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered. Target 1E

baseline

2014

99%

MIDTERM

2018

99%

TARGET

2024

99%

1.E
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

baseline

2014

100%

MIDTERM

2018

100%

TARGET

2024

99%

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 reflects that CRVS systems provide legal documentation of civil registration to individuals and families for legal and administrative purposes. Legal documentation is strongly linked with a broad range of rights and activities, in particular legal identity. This goal addresses the distinction between the civil registration of a vital event and the possession of formal proof that it took place, in the form of legal documentation.

National Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.

baseline

2013

98.3%

MIDTERM

2018

94.3%

TARGET

2024

99%

2.B
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

baseline

2013

100%

MIDTERM

2018

100%

TARGET

2024

85%

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 highlights the critical importance of civil registration being linked to the production and quality assurance of vital statistics on the occurrence and characteristics of vital events.

National Targets:

3.A
By...(year), annual nationally representative statistics on births –disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision –are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.

TARGET

Target achieved

3.B
By ...(year), annual nationally representative statistics on deaths –disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD, geographic area and administrative subdivision –are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.

TARGET

Target achieved

3.C
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate)

 

Note: This target was not monitored as part of the Midterm Questionnaire on the Implementation of the Regional Action Framework for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific.

baseline

2014

99%

TARGET

2024

99%

3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced to 1 per cent.

baseline

2013

0.5%

MIDTERM

2015

0.7%

TARGET

2024

1%

3.E
By 2024, at least ...per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.

Note: In light of recent countries’ experiences, Verbal autopsy is not encouraged to be applied to a large population scale, but rather on a representative sample. To reflect this, Target 3E is not anymore monitored by the coverage percentage of Verbal autopsy, but by the use or not of Verbal autopsy and its different applications.

MIDTERM

No

TARGET

2024

No

3.F
By ...(year), key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.

TARGET

Target achieved

3.G
By ...(year), key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.

TARGET

Target achieved

3.H
By ...(year), an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

TARGET

Target achieved

New Zealand

National Coordination Mechanism

Status in New Zealand: Complete

Comprehensive Assessment

Status in New Zealand: Complete

National Targets for 2024

Status in New Zealand: Complete

Monitoring & Reporting Plan

Status in New Zealand: Not started

Inequality Assessment

Status in New Zealand: Not started

National Strategy

Status in New Zealand: Not started

National Focal Point

Status in New Zealand: Complete

Reporting to ESCAP - Baseline

Status in New Zealand: Complete

Reporting to ESCAP - Midterm

Status in New Zealand: Complete

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Country Assessments and Strategies, 2015
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New Zealand

The Registrar General’s office is under the authority of the Department of Internal Affairs. It is responsible for registration of births, deaths and marriages. Vital statistics production and publication are under the authority of Statistics New Zealand. A CRVS coordination team has been established with those two departments and the Ministry of Health.

The country has high level of civil registration, with an estimated 99% of births registered within 1 year, most of which within 5 days. The legal limit to register is 2 months, and it is a free to register children. However, certificates are issued on request only, and for a certain price, which is used as a financing mechanism for the Registration office. An estimated 99.9% of deaths are registered within 1 year, most of which within 3 days from the funeral, and for free. In 2017, approximately 90% of deaths were attributed a medically certified cause. The office can now provide most of its services online.

In parallel, an important part of New Zealand’s action for CRVS is support to small islands nations in the Pacific.

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Jeff Montgomery

RSG Member:

Mr. Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General and General Manager, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Citizenship, Authentications and Translations, Department of Internal Affairs

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