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Transgender Passport Inquiry Meetings Wellington 27 June, Auckland July


The Human Rights Commission continues to work alongside government agencies and community groups around implementing the Transgender Inquiry’s recommendations (http://www.hrc.co.nz/human-rights-environment/action-on-the-transgender-inquiry) . Recently the Department of Internal Affairs approached the Commission about possible ways to simplify the process for trans people who want to change sex details on their passport.

The department attended the recent Agender national conference in Christchurch, to talk with trans people there. The Human Rights Commission has also invited them to speak at community meetings in Wellington and Auckland, as part of a general discussion about progress on the Transgender Inquiry recommendations. Come along to ask questions and have your say.


The Department of Internal Affairs is currently reviewing its operational policies regarding the issuance of passports for transgender applicants, where they wish to record a change in gender identity.  The expectation of the review is to implement a more flexible policy.

The Department’s current thoughts are that applicants would need to provide a witnessed Statutory Declaration with their passport application, outlining their circumstances, and advising the gender identity they wish to be displayed in their passport.

It is intended that the new gender identity would be displayed in the passport only and will not alter a person’s birth or citizenship record.

This change will have no effect on the Births. Deaths and Marriages and Relationships Registration Act 1995 which allows for an adult or guardian of an eligible child to apply to the New Zealand Family Court for a declaration to have their birth record reflect their nominated gender.

The Department has been consulting with communities across New Zealand with an expectation of being able to implement a new flexible policy in September 2012.

The Department invites any feedback regarding this issue to be forwarded by email to: ispassportsbusinesssupport@dia.govt.nz


Commissioner Richard Tankersley invites you to a community discussion about progress implementing the Transgender Inquiry recommendations. It is a chance to reflect on work that has been done by the Human Rights Commission, government agencies and community groups and our respective roles in progressing outstanding recommendations. The Department of Internal Affairs is coming to ask trans people for their views about proposed changes to the steps needed to change sex details on a passport.

  • Date: Thursday 28 June
  • Time: 5.30 – 7.15pm
  • Venue: Human Rights Commission, Level 1, Vector House, 44 the Terrace, Wellington

RSVP:    to jackb@hrc.co.nz by Tuesday 26 June (as some nibbles will be provided)

Proposed agenda

  • 5.30 Welcome (Commissioner Richard Tankersley)
  • 5.35 Introductions
  • 5.45 Transgender Inquiry – summary of progress on the recommendations (Jack Byrne)
  • 6.05 General questions and discussions about the Transgender Inquiry recommendations including the roles of the Commission, government agencies and community groups
  • 6.45 Department of Internal Affairs’ proposed change to its passports policy for trans people (Helen Jamison)
  • 7.00 Discussion about the proposed passports policy
  • 7.10 Closing comments so we finish by 7.15 –  though people are welcome to stay to talk informally


An Auckland meeting will be held in late July. The date is still to be confirmed. If you would like to be sent an invitation please email Jack on jackb@hrc.co.nz.