Official ABs birth cert gets launched
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.