Caroline Rickerby received the wrong birth certificate for
her son Jack (4), raising concerns over identity theft.
Photo by Gregor Richardson
The Department of Internal Affairs will launch an
investigation after a Dunedin boy was issued with the birth
certificate of an Auckland child.
Caroline Rickerby said she was shocked when she received the
birth certificate - "this isn't my kid" - with the
4-year-olds sharing the same first name and May 31 birthday.
Unable to find Jack's (4) original birth certificate before
he starts school next month, she contacted Internal Affairs
for a new copy - even undergoing a rigorous security test to
make sure she was his mother.
"It think this is absolutely appalling," she told the Otago
Daily Times yesterday.
Internal Affairs apologised to her for the error, sending her
a new certificate and a courier bag to return the mistaken
"If I were those [other parents] I would be fuming. I could
have had a passport, I could have had a bank account in their
"I am sorry their son's security was put at risk."
The Otago Daily Times was able to track down the
Auckland-based parent's of 4-year-old Jack, who contacted
Internal Affairs after hearing about the mix-up.
"It is quite strange," said the mother, who declined to be
An Internal Affairs spokesman confirmed the department would
investigate the incident.
"If we have given the wrong birth certificate to her we would
definitely be concerned about that, and we would certainly
understand her concern with raising that with us".
In regards to possible identity theft concerns, a birth
certificate was an evidence of an event and another form of
identification, such as photographic ID, would be required,