Of­fi­cial ABs birth cert gets launched

Western Leader - - LOCALJOBS - STAFF RE­PORTER

All Blacks supporters can de­clare their ba­bies fans for life with 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 for­est and a beach, was first launched in 2008. A special Treaty of Wai­tan­githemed cer­tifi­cate was also made avail­able in 2015.

Jarvis 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 what they wanted their cer­tifi­cate to look like.

Jarvis said he had five chil­dren and he would be get­ting them each an All Blacks birth cer­tifi­cate.

‘‘We reckon All Black supporters are born not made so we’ve been work­ing hard to launch the new cer­tifi­cate while one of our great ri­vals is tour­ing,’’ Jarvis said.

The dec­o­ra­tive cer­tifi­cates cost $35, stan­dard cer­tifi­cates $33.

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