Regional registration database
7 February, 2018, 12:00 am
A single civil registration network has been established to ensure stronger data sharing on births, deaths and marriages across the Pacific.
The Pacific Civil Registrars Network is part of a global movement to increase registrations of vital events globally, as half of the 128 million babies born each year go unregistered.
The network aimed to ensure vital information did not get lost when people travelled. New Zealand’s Registrar-General Jeff Montgomery was the chairperson of the network and he said accurate and up to date data helped countries plan their public services better. “We know that a number of people from the islands might go to Australia or New Zealand for medical care and they may die in that country so by sharing the information back with their birth country, that country can use that to look at health issues.”