Māori terms

excluded from new gender identity process

With less than four months until a new gender self-identification process gets underway, the Government has revealed the options on offer for those who need to change their birth certificate - and Māori gender terms are off-limits for now

New Zealanders will be able to identify as ‘another gender’ or a ‘non-binary gender’ as part of a new self-identification process coming into effect later this year, according to newly released details.

However, the Government has for now opted against allowing the use of Māori gender terms on amended birth certificates, citing the risk of racial profiling as well as misuse by non-Māori.

In December 2021, Parliament unanimously passed a law allowing Kiwis to more easily change the sex or gender recorded on their birth certificate through a basic statutory declaration.

Link to article: Māori Terms Excluded From New Gender Identity Process | Newsroom


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