LET PAIGE HAVE HER MUM’S NAME ON HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE (Instead of “Not Recorded”)

LET PAIGE HAVE HER MUM’S NAME ON HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE (Instead of “Not Recorded”)

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Josh Johnson started this petition to Jacinda Ardern and

Paige is the only child in New Zealand that has her mother as “not recorded” on her birth certificate. Her Mum is Katherine Harris, it is tragic and simply wrong that she is not listed.

GIVE PAIGE HER IDENTITY. LET KATHERINE BE RECORDED AS HER RIGHTFUL MOTHER AND LET HER LEGACY CONTINUE THROUGH PAIGE.

All Katherine (Kat) Harris wanted in life was to be a Mum.

This dream became real for her and husband Kyle Harris through a surrogate birth. But tragically Kat was taken from us just before her baby Paige was born in March 2020. 

We are Josh and Renee Johnson and we agreed for Renee to be the surrogate as we had finished our family and really wanted to help. We believe everybody deserves to have children.

Kat had suffered with the genetic disorder Cystic Fibrosis but was doing well after having a lung transplant in 2012. The lung transplant meant it was unsafe for Kat to carry her own child so surrogacy was the only option for her to realise her dream.

The ethical approval with ECART went smoothly after Katherine’s transplant doctor gave a supporting letter stating she was expected to live a happy and healthy life for at least the next 10 years. 

Unfortunately just days after Renee was confirmed as being pregnant in 2019 with their child Katherine began to fall ill. Her body had randomly started rejecting the lung transplant. Tragically, Katherine passed away at the end of the year before she could meet her baby girl.

Paige Harris was born in late March 2020, sent to look after her Daddy Kyle. During Family Court proceedings to finalise Paige’s adoption from us as birth parents and to the intended parents we ran into real problems with the birth certificate. Because Katherine was not alive at the time of adoption, the law meant she would not be able to be listed as Paige’s mother on her birth certificate. When it arrived, next to the mother’s section it just said “MOTHER: NOT RECORDED”. 

We have since advocated long and hard with lawyers, politicians, the Prime Minister herself, different lawyers and more politicians for Paige to have the right to her full identity with her mother rightly acknowledged on her Birth Certificate. 

We have been turned away at every post with the line “this has never happened before, the law doesn’t allow for it”. Our question is simply “why not?” And how is it that a bureaucrat sitting behind a desk in Wellington gets to decide this little girl’s identity, and gets to have a say on any type of legacy that Katherine might leave behind? 

We are hoping that the Prime Minister sees this or someone else in Government who can show some kindness and compassion and just help us out.

We aren’t asking for much. In the big scheme of things, it is a name printed on a piece of paper. But to Paige, Kyle and our family this is everything.

Please sign this petition and help Paige get her mum’s name on her Birth Certificate.

GIVE PAIGE HER IDENTITY. LET KATHERINE BE RECORDED AS HER RIGHTFUL MOTHER AND LET HER LEGACY CONTINUE THROUGH PAIGE.

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