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I want to renew my New Zealand passport which expired in January 2016. After over 30 years in USA I mostly only keep in contact with my family living there. How can I find a non relative referee?

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I need to have a referee but all my contacts are relatives

Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: New Zealand Law
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As you likely know the identity referee must be (from Internal Affairs website)

Who can be an identity referee?

They must:

  • be 16 years or older

  • have known you for more than one year or since you were born (if a child)

  • have a valid New Zealand passport (this can be current or expired, but not stolen or lost)

  • be prepared to give personal details like their name, date of birth, passport number and contact phone number.

They must not be:

  • related to you eg a cousin, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, father or mother

  • your partner or spouse

  • part of your extended family group
  • living with you.

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Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 1 year ago

So you will need to either find an old friend in New Zealand or see if Internal Affairs and see if they would accept someone like the NZ Consul in Los Angeles in lieu. The rules are a bit rigid but dont appear to provide for this problem

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