VII. Officiating Ministers.
§ 49. Any minister of religion whose name shall
Officiating Ministers, who. Ecclesiastical authorities to send in names.
have been sent in to the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, or other officer to be appointed by the Governor in that behalf, by the
persons or person within the colony in whom ecclesiastical authority shall for the time being be vested, or reputed to be vested, over any of the religious bodies enumerated in the Schedule D to
this Act annexed, shall, subject to the conditions hereinafter mentioned, be an Officiating Minister within the meaning of this Act, and the name of every such minister of religion shall be certified under the hand or hands of the person or persons aforesaid, and shall be entered and published as hereinafter provided: Provided always that any minister of religion not connected with any of the bodies enumerated in the aforesaid Schedule to this Act annexed, who shall present to any Registrar a certificate signed by twenty-four householders resident, in the district for which such Registrar
shall be appointed, declaring that such minister is their Officiating Minister, shall be entitled to have his name inserted in the list of Officiating Ministers in the meaning of this Act: Provided always that
[The words in erased type re-pealed, and other provisions enacted by "The Marriage Act Amendment Act, Sec § 50
Such certificates [[unclear: shall be attested by two Justices of the Peace]
]; and such attested certificate shall be sent in to the Registrar-General or other officer as aforesaid, anew in the month of December in every year, and no such attested certificate presented to any Registrar by any Minister as aforesaid shall continue in force unless renewed in like manner.
Part of Sec. 42 of "The Marriage Act, 1854," repealed. Signatures to be verified by solemn declaration before a Justice in prescribed form.
§ 50. So much of the forty-second section of "The Marriage Act, 1851," as provides that the certificate in the said section referred to shall be attested by two Justices of the Peace is hereby repealed, and in lieu thereof it is enacted that the,
1868, Act No. 22, Sec. 2.
signatures to any such certificate referred to in the said section of the said Act shall be attested by some person who shall verify the same by solemn declaration before a Justice of the Peace in the form set forth in the Schedule hereto, and appended to such certificate and signed by such person, and if any person shall make any such declaration falsely he shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.
Two officeholders may send name of Officiating Minister to Registrar-General.
§ 51. The certificate required by the forty-second section of the said Act, to be made by some person or persons having ecclesiastical authority, may, in default of any person having such authority, be made under the hands of two duly recognized officeholders in the religious body in respect of which such certificate is granted: Provided that it shall
be necessary to send in such certificate anew
to the Registrar-General in the month of December in each year.
§ 52. The person having ecclesiastical authority
Ecclesiastical authorities to certify suspension or deprivation of any minister.
over the several religious bodies as aforesaid shall, upon the suspension or deprivation of any minister whose name shall have been sent in to the Registrar-General
1854, Act No. 12, See. 13.
or other officer as aforesaid, in manner hereinbefore mentioned, forthwith certify such suspension or deprivation to the Registrar-General or other officer as aforesaid, who shall forthwith make a minute of such suspension or deprivation in the list of Officiating Ministers hereinafter mentioned, and no such person shall be deemed an Officiating Minister until his name shall have been again sent in to the Registrar-General or other officer as aforesaid, in manner hereinbefore mentioned.
§ 53. The several ecclesiastical authorities as
List of Officiating Ministers to be sent in in the month of December.
aforesaid of the respective religious bodies shall send in to the Registrar-General, or other officer
as aforesaid, a correct list of such Officiating Ministers in the month of December in every year.
§ 54. The Registrar-General, or other officer as
Registrar-General to file certificates, enter lames of Officiating Ministers in books, and publish lists.
aforesaid, shall file all such certificates and lists, and keep them with the records of his office, and shall also forthwith enter the names sent to him as hereinbefore mentioned, in a book to be furnished him
by the Government, and to be called the "List of Officiating Ministers," and shall from time to time alter and correct the said list as occasion shall require, and shall in the month of January in every year cause a copy of such list to be published in the New Zealand Government Gazette
. And in case of any additional names of ministers being sent in to him during any part of the year in the manner aforesaid, the Registrar-General or other officer as aforesaid shall cause such names to be published forthwith in the New Zealand Government Gazette
, and the persons so gazetted shall be deemed
Officiating Ministers for the purposes of this Act. Provided always that in case of notice being sent to the Registrar-General or other officer as aforesaid of the suspension or deprivation of any minister whose name may have been entered upon the list of Officiating Ministers, the Registrar-General or other officer as aforesaid shall thereupon cause a notification to be published in the New Zealand Government Gazette
, that the name of such minister is withdrawn from the list of Officiating Ministers, and such person shall from the date of such publication cease to be an Officiating Minister in the in meaning of this Act.
Evidence of the right of Officiating Ministers to act.
§ 55. The entry of the name of any Officiating Minister heretofore made or hereafter to be made in
1858, Act No. 29, Sec. 15.
the book called the "List of Officiating Ministers," and the publication in the New Zealand Gazette
of the name of such minister, in pursuance of the provisions of the said "Marriage Act, 1854," shall be deemed and taken to be conclusive evidence of the right of such Officiating Minister to act as such from the date of the certificate sent in to the Registrar-General in respect of such Officiating Minister upon which such entry and publication have been or shall be made.