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Person name data content standard

Purpose of standard

The purpose of this standard is to mandate the NZ Government OASIS CIQ Name Profile to be used to format and exchange person name.

This standard does not mandate the collection or storage of person name. These may vary depending on the needs of the agency.

NZ Government OASIS CIQ Name Profile

Definition

Person name is the name of a natural person. Person name generally consist of a Family Name (Surname) and one or more Given Names. It can include other name elements such as Title or Suffix.

This standard applies to all person name types. There are two main name types which a person can use when interacting with agencies.

‘Official name’ refers to a name that can be verified against New Zealand Government approved authoritative data sources, such as birth, citizenship, passports, and immigration records and the documents associated with them.

‘Known as’ refers to all other names that people are entitled to use through marriage/civil union, common use or preference. 

Compliance

The NZ Government OASIS CIQ Name Profile contains three compliant formats for Given Name.

The preferred format for compliance with this standard is a Family Name field and a separate field for each Given Name. For example, if a person has a family name of Smith and 3 given names - Te Aroha Mary Anne - then the family name field will contain Smith, the first given name field will contain Te Aroha, the second given name field will contain Mary, and the third given name field will contain Anne.

The second compliant format is a Family Name field and a single field containing all Given Names. Note, this format may only be suitable for matching names of people across agencies. For example, if a person has a family name of Smith and 3 given names - Te Aroha Mary Anne - then the family name field will contain Smith, and the given names field will contain Te Aroha Mary Anne.

The third and least preferred compliant format is a Family Name field and two or more Given Name fields. For example, if a person has a family name of Smith and 3 given names - Te Aroha Mary Anne - then the family name field will contain Smith, the first given name field will contain Te Aroha, and the other given names field will contain Mary Anne. 

Further information

There is no preference in order between Family Name field and Given Name field(s).

Where a person only has a single name, it should be recorded as a Family Name.

While this standard outlines the minimum compliant format, it is also compliant if you wish to provide more information with your data such as ‘Title’ or ‘Suffix’. Where other name elements are shared, these should be recorded in separate fields.

For further details on composite names and other details please see the full NZ Government OASIS CIQ Name Profile.

NZ Government OASIS CIQ Name Profile

Status

Draft (as at 31 October 2019)

Person name data content standard [PDF 300 KB]

Contact us

If you would like to know more or provide feedback on this standard, please email datacontentstandards@stats.govt.nz.

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