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Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

All Blacks supporters can de­clare their ba­bies fans for life thanks to a new dec­o­ra­tive birth cer­tifi­cate.

The De­part­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs has launched a new All Black-themed birth cer­tifi­cate in con­junc­tion with New Zealand Rugby.

The new cer­tifi­cate is an ex­ten­sion of the ex­ist­ing range of of­fi­cial themed birth cer­tifi­cates. Stan­dard non-dec­o­ra­tive birth cer­tifi­cates are also avail­able. In­ter­nal af­fairs deputy reg­is­trar-gen­eral Adrian Jarvis said about 60,000 birth cer­tifi­cates were is­sued ev­ery year.

The dec­o­ra­tive range, which in­cluded scenes of a for­rest and a beach, was first launched in 2008. A special Treaty of Wai­tangi-themed cer­tifi­cate was also made avail­able in 2015.

Jarvis, who is a rugby fan, said it was about giv­ing cus­tomers a range of op­tions.

All births must be reg­is­tered in New Zealand, which could be done on­line. This meant New Zealan­ders were able to choose whether or not they wanted a cer­tifi­cate. They could also be ordered ret­ro­spec­tively.

The dec­o­ra­tive cer­tifi­cates cost $35 while the stan­dard cer­tifi­cate cost $33. Fees for birth, death, mar­riage and civil union prod­ucts and ser­vices and prod­ucts were raised in April. Be­fore that, prices were last set in 2003.

The De­part­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs has launched an All Black­themed birth cer­tifi­cate.

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