Adoption Law Reform: How to have your say

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Discussion document

The discussion document outlines some options for creating a new adoption system and seeks feedback on those options.


Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 1.8 MB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 544 KB] 

Te Rēo Māori:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 519 KB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 573 KB] 

Gagana Sāmoa:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 535 KB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 513 KB] 

Lea Faka-Tonga:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 548 KB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 576 KB] 

Traditional Chinese:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 1.2 MB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 750 KB] 

Simplified Chinese:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 714 KB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 845 KB] 

The options in the discussion document aren’t final proposals – we want to hear what you agree with, don’t agree with, and if you have any other ideas for change.

We’ll use your feedback to inform the development of final policy proposals for adoption law reform. This may include refining, changing or adding to the options set out in the discussion document.

Summary document

Read the Summary Document  [PDF, 272 KB] – English

Read the Summary Document – Large Print (available shortly)

Listen to the Summary Document (available shortly)

Video of the Summary Document with New Zealand Sign Language (available from early July)

Easy Read of the Summary Document (available from early July)

A braille version of the summary document will be available upon request from early July. Please email for a braille copy.

How to have your say

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Online survey

You can have your say by reviewing the discussion document and answering the questions in the online survey that are relevant to you and your whānau.

Adoption Law Reform Online Survey(external link)

Written submissions

Alternatively, you can:

Adoption Law Reform
Ministry of Justice
Free Post 113
PO Box 180
Wellington 6140

Face-to-face and online engagement

Please note, face-to-face engagement will be conducted within a COVID safe environment. 

People impacted by adoption

Malatest International will be running six focus groups (three face-to-face, three online) with people who are impacted by adoption.

If you have been adopted, are a birth parent, an adoptive parent, are from an adoption advocacy or support network, worked in the adoption space (for example, as a social worker or a lawyer), are an academic in the adoption space or otherwise have an interest in adoption reform, we invite you to come along to a focus group on one of the following dates:


  • Monday 27 June, 5pm – 7pm
  • Monday 4 July, 5pm – 7pm
  • Monday 11 July, 5pm – 7pm


  • Auckland: Wednesday 6 July, 1pm – 3pm
  • Wellington: Wednesday 13 July, 1pm – 3pm
  • Christchurch: Friday 22 July, 1pm - 3pm

You can register your interest by contacting Fofoa Pio at

Tangata whenua

Community workshops with Māori

The National Iwi Chairs Forum Pou Tikanga, a collective of Iwi leaders from Aotearoa New Zealand, will be running a series of facilitated community workshops with whānau, hapū and iwi Māori. The workshops will be either online or kanohi ki te kanohi, and will run for 90 minutes.

You can register your interest by contacting

Wānanga on whāngai

Pou Tikanga are partnering with Ināia Tonu Nei(external link) to host a one-day, Māori-led wānanga specifically on whāngai on Wednesday 10 August, at Wharewaka o Poneke, Wellington.

It is an opportunity for Māori to kōrero about whether there is a need to change the way whāngai is treated in law and, if so, share their views on what the process for making any changes should be.

You can register to attend at link)

Ethnic communities

Pou Tikanga will also be holding three community workshops for other ethnic communities to share their views on the options for creating a new adoption system.

You can register your interest by contacting 

Other engagement activities

We are also undertaking separate targeted engagement with the following people and communities who are likely to be impacted by new adoption laws:

  • Young people with adoption experiences
  • Samoan communities
  • Other Pacific communities: Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji communities.

These engagements are by invitation. If you would like to participate, please contact

Related links

Key Initiatives - Adoption Law Reform page

Adoption Law Reform: First round of engagement in 2021