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Te Kōpū Whāngai: He Arotake | Review of Surrogacy

July 30, 2021

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission has published an Issues Paper and is seeking feedback on options to change how surrogacy is regulated in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Issues Paper identifies problems with the current law and presents proposals for reform. Alongside the paper, the Commission has published a consultation website which summarises the key proposals to collect feedback from the public.

The Issues Paper covers a broad range of topics related to surrogacy including:

  • legal parenthood in surrogacy;
  • the approval process for surrogacy arrangements,
  • what financial support surrogates should be entitled to,
  • whether tikanga Māori is provided for under current law,
  • how to ensure children born through surrogacy receive information about their origins,
  • how New Zealand law should provide for surrogacy arrangements that occur overseas, and
  • how to address various barriers to pursuing a surrogacy arrangement in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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