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New passports policy delayed, but coming

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By GayNZ.com Daily News staff - 1st October 2012

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Internal Affairs’ more flexible passport policy for transgender and intersex people is on the way, however implementation has been delayed for a couple of weeks to ensure a smooth ride.

“It's all going through as planned, just taking longer for them to sort out the info for their website etc,” says Jack Byrne from the Human Rights Commission, which has been facilitating community feedback on the issue.

“It's important to have the info available to make sure it runs smoothly no matter what Passports office you go to in New Zealand,” he explains.

The new policy will mean applicants who provide a witnessed Statutory Declaration with their passport application, outlining their circumstances, can advise the gender identity they wish to be displayed in their passport.

It would also allow intersex people to choose whether they want to have M, F or X on their passport.

Byrne says any trans or intersex people who need a new passport with their new sex on it urgently can email Julie Watson at the Human Rights Commission (juliew@hrc.co.nz), who can put them in touch with the Internal Affairs staff member dealing with urgent requests.


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