Discussion paper

Information sharing agreement for the supply of registered deaths, name changes, and non-disclosure directions to assist New Zealand Police for law enforcement purposes

Public discussion document
Electronic government information Privacy Transparency Information resources management New Zealand

The proposed Agreement will enable the Registrar-General, Births, Deaths and Marriages to regularly and proactively supply to Police details relating to registered name changes, deaths, and non-disclosure directions.

Police will then match this data against the records held in the National Intelligence Application (NIA), the enterprise-wide intelligence and information system that contains information necessary to support Police’s ability to maintain the law, including law enforcement.

Information that the Registrar-General, Births, Deaths and Marriages will share with Police will be information contained within a registered name change, death, and non-disclosure direction.

The purpose of the proposed Agreement is to improve the accuracy of Police information. The proposed Agreement will benefit New Zealanders by enabling Police to carry out their law enforcement functions with more accurate information. This is expected to reduce the risk of offenders using multiple identities as well as the number of events relating to misidentified individuals.

There are also benefits to the wider public of enabling Police to have more accurate information about members of the public they engage with, whether as victims, witnesses to a crime, or people that Police is providing or connecting to a service.

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