Validation Documentation

To qualify as a domestic student and to be entitled to the Government tuition subsidy, you must be a citizen of New Zealand (including students from the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue if you have New Zealand citizenship), or a permanent resident of New Zealand, or a citizen or permanent resident of Australia residing in New Zealand.

Proof of name, date of birth, and citizenship

Certified copies of the following documents MUST be provided with your enrolment as proof of name, date of birth, and citizenship:

  • New Zealand passport, or overseas passport with Returning Resident’s Visa, and/ or birth certificate stating place of birth. To obtain a birth certificate contact Births, Deaths and Marriages on 0800 225 252. As at April 2014 certificates cost $26.50.
    Forms can be downloaded from www.bdm.govt.nz
  • If your legal name differs from that on your passport or birth certificate then a marriage certificate, deed poll certificate, statement of whakapapa (indicating date of birth) signed by kaumātua, or certificate of citizenship will also need to be provided.

To qualify as a domestic student and to be entitled to the government tuition subsidy, you must be a citizen of New Zealand (including students from the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue). Alternatively, you must prove that you are a permanent resident of New Zealand, or a citizen or permanent resident of Australia residing in New Zealand (for the required period).

What is a certified copy of a document?

A certified copy is a photocopy of your original document, signed as being a true and accurate copy by a:

  • Justice of the Peace (listed in the Yellow Pages);
  • Barrister or Solicitor;
  • Member of Parliament; or
  • Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the Courts;

The following information must be included on the copy for it to be a certified copy of an original document:

  • The words “original sighted”;
  • Name, position and signature of person sighting the original document;
  • Date original was sighted; and
  • Stamp or handwritten confirmation of the institution/organisation/name of the person certifying.

Any change to your legal name must be accompanied by certified documentation of either a birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, deed poll certificate or certificate of citizenship.

Please note that your name, date of birth and residency as entered on a Waiariki student enrolment form will be included in the National Student Index, and will be used in an Authorised Information Matching programme with Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017