Births, Deaths & Marriages holds the original birth certificate (from before the adoption) and the post-adoption birth certificate. If you were born and adopted in New Zealand and you’re 20 years or older, you can apply for a copy of your original birth certificate. Go to the Births, Deaths & Marriages website(external link)
In special cases the courts can show you the court records about an adoption. You’ll usually need a Court Order to see them.
You usually need a Court Order to see court adoption records
You’ll need a Court Order to see and copy court adoption records in most cases. The court will only make the order when:
the records could help prosecute someone who has made a false statement
they could help answer questions about whether an Interim Order (a temporary Adoption Order) or Adoption Order is valid
there are any other special grounds.
Apply for a Court Order to see court adoption records
You’ll need to fill in the forms and file them or have your lawyer file them in your local court. Ask at your local court about how to apply as there are no set forms.
It’s free to apply to view court adoption records.