The records are restricted for 100 years from closure of record.
Records containing sensitive personal information are restricted indefinitely.
Access to restricted records is subject to the written authorisation of the Court Manager.
Dissolution of Marriage or Civil Union Records
Under both High Court Rules and Family Court Rules former parties to a marriage or a civil union have an unrestricted right to obtain a copy of the order dissolving the marriage or civil union. These dissolution orders can be viewed at, or copies obtained from Archives New Zealand on production of sufficient proof of identity (photo identification e.g. passport/drivers’ licence).
The Manager, Hamilton High Court.
Permission to access restricted records should be sought from the Hamilton High Court. Please check the Ministry of Justice’s website for the most up to date contact details at:
Permission to access Dissolution Orders can be sought from:
Research email: email@example.com
Or write to:
Archives New Zealand, Auckland Regional Office
PO Box 201 103, Auckland Airport,
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Once you have been granted access, bring the original letter with you when you place your order for the records.