Surrogacy Law Review

Start date
23 November 2020
Helen McQueen
Researching issues
Project contact
Nichola Lambie
04 914 4829
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Project Overview

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission will undertake a review of surrogacy laws in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Surrogacy is where a woman (the surrogate) agrees to become pregnant, gestate and give birth to a child on behalf of another person or people who will raise the child (the intending parent(s)).

In July 2020, the Minister responsible for the Commission referred a review of surrogacy laws to the Commission as a new item to commence in 2020/2021, following the completion of the Commission’s review of the use of DNA in criminal investigations.

The Minister has asked for the review of surrogacy laws to focus on surrogacy arrangements and legal parenthood and to examine both domestic surrogacy and international surrogacy in the Aotearoa New Zealand context.

The Commission is in the process of determining the scope and timeframe of the project.

Terms of reference will be published in due course.