COVID-19 response

If you are looking for the latest legal information relating current Coronavirus laws in New Zealand, check out our Coronavirus and the Law section.


Surrogacy and adoption

Status of Children Act 1969, s 17, Adoption Act 1955

If an individual or couple uses a surrogate, that individual or couple will need to adopt the child or children in order to get parental rights, even if the egg or embryo was produced by or derived from that individual or one of the couple. The surrogate will be the birth parent for all purposes.

Consent from any egg donor isn’t required for an adoption in a surrogacy situation.

back to top

Check out Frequently Asked Questions and Answers related to COVID-19 on our website here.

Community Law Centres across Aotearoa are operating remotely. Please contact them via the phone number or email displayed on the Centre’s page.

Find the contact details of your nearest Community Law Centre here.

Page Reader Press Enter to Read Page Content Out Loud Press Enter to Pause or Restart Reading Page Content Out Loud Press Enter to Stop Reading Page Content Out Loud Screen Reader Support