A Dunedin man has changed his
name to the longest legally allowed, after apparently losing
a bet five years ago.
The 22-year-old man from Normanby is now legally known as
'Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All
The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova' - just one character
shy of Department of Internal Affairs' (DIA) 100 character
A message on an online body building forum, written by
someone describing themselves as a friend of the man, said
the name change was the result of a lost poker bet and the
man realised his drunken consequences only when his passport
DIA Births Deaths and Marriages spokesman Michael Mead said
the change of name was registered in March 2010.
The name met the requirements of naming rules and the
applicant paid the fee and completed the form correctly, he
Mr Frostnova could change his name again any time by
completing the form correctly and paying the $127 fee, Mr
Mead said. The process takes around eight days.
Under Birth Deaths and Marriages rules, new names must
consist of one surname, and one or more other names, unless
religious, philosophical beliefs or cultural traditions
require the applicant to have only one name - in which case
the applicant is required to provide a letter of explanation.
Names may not be accepted if they cause offence to a
reasonable person, are unreasonably long, or without adequate
justification include or resemble an official title or rank.
In 2008, Family Court Judge Rob Murfitt publicly criticised
some parents' choice of names, after he ordered that a girl
named Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii be taken into court
custody so she could change her name.
Names can also not include numbers or symbols.
Rejected names in recent years include Majesty, King, Knight,
Princess, Justice, Anal, V8, 89, Mafia No Fear, Lucifer, full
stop and *.
In 2007, a New Zealand couple tried to name their child 4Real
Superman but were turned down because it contained a digit.
They settled instead for just Superman and continued to call
the child 4Real unofficially.
- Brendan Manning of APNZ