- Publish Date
- Friday, 13 January 2023, 10:54AM
If you're new to being a parent you'd probably assume that you have free reign when it comes to naming your kids - but that's not always the case.
Since 1995, legislation has provided a set of rules for New Zealanders where a name, or combination of names, should not cause offence, be unreasonably long (the maximum length allowed is 99 characters), or resemble an official title or rank.
And since 2022 has just come to an end, the Department of Internal affairs has released the list of baby names it declined last year - with a total of 32 names getting the boot.
Jeff Montgomery, registrar-general of births, death and marriages said the guidelines are in place to ensure that names don’t cause offence, are a reasonable length and don’t represent an official title or rank.
Montgomery said some tips to ensure your baby’s name makes the cut, you should avoid official titles, using numeric characters or symbols, like a backslash or a punctuation mark, swear words and limit the name to no more than 70 characters.
Rejected names 2022:
- Chiefy- Renata
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