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The Adoption Act 1955 is an outdated piece of legislation.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.


Law Reform (and Surrogacy Law review)

On 18 June 2021, the Ministry of Justice call for submissions was announced.  Now is the time to have your say

The closing date for submissions is 5:00pm 31 August 2021.

Below is a link to the Ministry of Justice web page outlining their proposed review process and containing further information in their Discussion document.

Adoption Law Reform | Ministry of Justice


In February 2021 the government announced steps towards adoption law reform (see 2021 Adoption Action AGM Convenor’s Report and the chronology of moves to reform for further information).