Notary Public

David Roughan was appointed a Notary Public in 1978. The appointment was by the Archbishop of Canterbury in England under faculties issued by the Court of Faculties.

David is a member of the World Organisation of Notaries.

The function of a Notary Public (an”international Justice of the Peace”) is to:

  • draw, attest or certify deeds and other documents under his official seal.
  • note or certify transactions relating to overseas documents.

What does a Notary Public do?

  • verify and authenticate the identity of the signatory,
  • ensure that the signatory has full mental capacity / official representative capacity,
  • ensure that the signatory signs with proper understanding of the transaction,
  • ensure that any copy is a true copy of the original.

A New Zealand Notary is likely to be involved in:

  • the taking of affidavits and declarations for use overseas,
  • the certification, authentication and witnessing of documents,
  • noting or protesting bills of exchange,
  • completing ship’s protests.

How and where to get documents notarized

Contact David to arrange a time he is in the office.

He can be available outside the office, by appointment, if required.

Our offices are located at the corner of Kamo Road and Meldrum Street, Whangarei, one block north of the Kamo traffic lights, opposite the Kamo Fire Station. See Contact Us

What to bring with you

Please bring with you the document you wish to have notarized together with some Government issued photo identification such as a current passport, driver’s licence or firearm’s licence.


We have a minimum fee of $NZ 120 (plus GST of $NZ 18) a total of $NZ 138.00.

The hourly charge out rate is $NZ 348.00 plus GST.

Overall the charges will depend on the number of documents and the time required to consider them, and deal with them.

Does your document need an Apostille Certificate or Authentication

We can arrange for your documents to be authenticated or apostilled by the Department of Internal Affairs. This may be required where overseas officials are not able to determine on sight the authenticity of New Zealand documents.

To check the requirements, contact the relevant authorities in the country concerned, or their New Zealand representatives. The process varies depending on the document type and the requirements of the particular country.

Apostille Certificates are available for use in countries that have signed the Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of legislation for foreign public documents.

You need an Apostille Certificate if your document is being used in any of the countries noted on New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs Website, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Apostille Certificate fees

  • NZ$ 32.00 (incl. GST) for one Apostille Certificate
  • NZ$ 15.00(incl. GST) for each additional Apostille Certificate submitted at the same time.

Authentication fees

Category A (see list of countries by clicking on the above link)

NZ$ 65.00 (incl. GST) for one Authentication Certificate and NZ$ 31.00 (incl. GST) for each additional Authentication Certificate submitted at the same time.

Category B (see list of countries by clicking on the above link)

NZ$ 195.00 (incl. GST) for one Authentication Certificate and NZ$ 61.00 (incl. GST) for each additional authentication certificate submitted at the same time.

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