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Preliminary Paper 54


The Law Commission welcomes your comments on this paper

and seeks your response to the questions raised

Submissions should be forwarded to the Law Commission

PO Box 2590, DX SP23534, Wellington

by 24 May 2004

This discussion paper is also available on the Internet at the Commission’s website:

March 2004

Wellington, New Zealand

The Law Commission is an independent, publicly funded, central advisory body established by statute to undertake the systematic review, reform and development of the law of New Zealand. Its purpose is to help achieve law that is just, principled, and accessible, and that reflects the heritage and aspirations of the peoples of New Zealand.

The Commissioners are:
The Honourable Justice J Bruce Robertson – President
Professor Ngatata Love QSO JP
Richard Clarke QC
Frances Joychild
The Executive Manager of the Law Commission is Bala Benjamin
The office of the Law Commission is at 89 The Terrace, Wellington
Postal address: PO Box 2590, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
Document Exchange Number: SP 23534
Telephone: (04) 473–3453, Facsimile: (04) 471–0959

National Library of New Zealand Cataloguing-in-Publication Data
Preliminary paper 54 : new issues in legal parenthood.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 1–877316–00–8
1. Parenthood. I. New Zealand. Law Commission. II. Title.
306.87—dc 22


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Preliminary Paper/Law Commission, Wellington 2004
ISSN 0113–2245 ISBN 1–877316–00–8
This preliminary paper may be cited as: NZLC PP54
This discussion paper is also available on the Internet at the Commission’s website:

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