This website is a place for supporters of adoption legislative reform in New Zealand.

Adoption Action Inc strongly supports the spirit of openness and believes New Zealand adoption legislation should provide a framework based on openness and transparency with the best interests of the child paramount.

We would like to see New Zealand adoption legislation that is consistent with both the Law Commission’s recommendations for legislative reform of the Adoption Act 1955 and the Hague Convention.

The Adoption Act 1955 is an outdated piece of legislation. There have been many attempts to reform the Act and there have been no significant changes since 1985. For previous attempts at updating  New Zealand’s adoption legislation please see the chronology of moves to reform.

Adoption Action has taken a claim to the Human Rights Tribunal about discriminatory provisions in the Adoption Act and the Adult Adoption Information Act.

On 7 March 2016, the Human Rights Tribunal declared that seven provisions are inconsistent with the right to freedom from discrimination affirmed by s 19 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. Please see our press release. Please see the full decision.