Gender and sexuality
Gender and sexuality information and support
Rainbow Rights is a website developed by Rainbow Youth and YouthLaw (a Community Law Centre) to provide legal information about rights for LQBTIQ young people.
“Problems at School” – Community Law
“Legal Rights at School” – InsideOUT
This has all of New Zealand’s current Acts and regulations.
To find a lawyer:
(04) 472 7837
Gender Minorities Aotearoa
Phone: (04) 385 0611
GMA maintains a national database of transgender, takatāpui, and intersex information, resources, and links.
InsideOUT is a national organisation that provides workshops, resources and support to help make schools, community organisations and workplaces inclusive for rainbow people.
(09) 376 4155
RainbowYOUTH provides a number of services for queer and gender-diverse youth and their wider communities all across Aotearoa.
Genderbridge is a peer-to-peer transgender community organisation providing support to transgender and gender-diverse people, their whānau and friends throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
Naming NZ is an organisation to help transgender, gender-diverse and intersex youth with updating their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender. Naming NZ can only provide financial assistance to youth in the Wellington region.
Government departments, agencies and courts
Department of Internal Affairs
0800 25 78 87
The Department of Internal Affairs processes applications to legally change your name.
(04) 918 8800
The Family Court make decisions about applications to change your sex on your birth certificate.
Oranga Tamariki / Ministry for Children
International Surrogacy – Fact sheet
Human Rights Commission
You can contact the Human Rights Commission if you want to know more about discrimination and human rights, or if you want to complain about discrimination:
0800 496 877 or text 0210 236 4253
“To Be Who I Am”, 2007 Report of the Inquiry into Discrimination Experienced by Transgender People is available on the HRC website
Human Rights Commission Intersex Roundtable
NZ Transport Agency
0800 822 422
The NZTA deals with changes to drivers’ licences, including changing your name or gender on your driver’s licence.
Ministry of Health
Guidance for health professionals
Gender affirming surgery
Health and Disability Advocacy Service
The Health and Disability Advocacy Service can provide a free advocate to help you make a complaint about a health or disability service.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Guide about Transgender Employees
Department of Corrections
Placement of transgender prisoners
You can read their policy (Movements M.03.05) relating to placement of transgender prisoners on their website, at: