We want to hear from you about our adoption laws in Aotearoa New Zealand. Your thoughts and ideas will play an important part in helping to get our adoption laws right – please share them with us.
We need our adoption laws to reflect the values and needs of Aotearoa New Zealand today. The aim of the review is to create a new system that provides strong safeguards for protecting the rights, best interests and welfare of children, and upholds our international human rights obligations. We need to make sure we’re putting our tamariki, our children, at the heart of our adoption laws.
The Government is reviewing our adoption laws to make sure they meet the needs of Aotearoa New Zealand in 2021 and beyond. This includes ensuring our adoption laws reflect the multicultural nature of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Discussion document: Adoption in Aotearoa NZ [PDF, 696 KB]
The Discussion Document covers six key issue areas that we would like to hear your views on, including what is adoption and who is involved, cultural aspects of adoption (including whāngai), how the adoption process works in Aotearoa New Zealand, the impacts of adoption and the adoption process where a child is born by surrogacy.
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 whanau. Further details are available on Citizen Space and can be accessed here:
Public consultation on Citizen Space: Review of adoption laws in Aotearoa New Zealand(external link)
Alternatively, you can:
The closing date for submissions and completed online surveys is 5pm, 31 August 2021. Submissions received after the closing date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A second round of consultation will be undertaken in mid-2022 to report back on feedback and seek the public’s views on the Government’s proposals for reform.
You can find out more about current adoption laws from our Discussion and Summary Documents. The Summary Document is translated into seven languages and accessible formats, including Easy Read (available soon).
This information describes existing arrangements and views that have been expressed on the topic in the past.
Video of the Summary Document with New Zealand Sign Language (available from early July 2021)
Easy Read version of the Summary Document (available from early July 2021)
Braille version of the Summary Document is available upon request. Please email email@example.com for a braille copy.
New Zealand’s adoption laws sit across three pieces of legislation:
Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission is currently undertaking a review of surrogacy in Aotearoa New Zealand. As part of this review, the Commission will look at how the adoption process operates in surrogacy arrangements and consider whether there should be a different process for intending parents to become legal parents.
You can read more about the surrogacy review and sign up to receive updates at:
Get in touch: Email firstname.lastname@example.org