Sperm donor, surrogacy and co-parenting laws in New Zealand

The NZ law: Access to artificial insemination is granted to both single and lesbian couples, though public funds are only for women or couples with fertility problems. Sperm donations must be free and donors must provide identifying information. Same sex parenting is accepted but still unequelly recognized: while a lesbian couple having conceived a child through sperm donor insemination is likely to have both mothers registered on the child's birth certificate, this is still impossible for a gay couple through surrogacy (surrogacy arrangements are not recognized by NZ law). Additionally, same-sex couples can now jointly adopt a child.

Donor Conception (embryo, egg and sperm donation) in New Zealand


In New Zealand, reproduction and gametes donation (i.e egg, embryo and sperm donors) are regulated by the 2004 Law.Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004: legislation.govt.nz

Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART): acart.health.govt.nz

Assisted Reproductive technology (artificial insemination, IVF, etc.)

Access to assisted reproductive technologies is granted to all women, lesbians and singles included. Restricted to women experiencing fertility troubles.


Self-insemination is not contemplated by NZ law.

Identifying information on embryo, egg and sperm donors

When donating sperm, the donor is requested to provide identifying information in order to comply whith the law's principle that "donor offspring should be made aware of their genetic origins and be able to access information about those origins".donated embryos or cells and donor offspring / Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004: aph.gov.au

Paid or freem sperm donors?

No valuable consideration can be received or given in exchange of a sperm donation.Commercial supply of human embryos or human gametes prohibited / Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004: legislation.govt.nz

Surrogacy in New Zealand

Altruistic surrogacy

A surrogacy arrangement is not illegal, but is not enforceable either. Under NZ law the surrogate mother is the legal mother of the child.Status of surrogacy arrangements and prohibition of commercial surrogacy arrangements / Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004: legislation.govt.nz

Commercial surrogacy

No valuable consideration can be received or offered for a surrogacy arrangement in New Zealand.

Surrogacy abroad

A surrogate child conceived abroad will not be eligible for NZ residence unless the child has been adopted by a NZ resident/citizen and the adoption meets the necessary adoption requirements (i.e. Hague Convention). New Zealanders thinking about international surrogacy should seek independent legal advice, and consult the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and Child, Youth and Family (CYF) before anything.International Surrogacy / Inmigration New Zealand: dol.govt.nz

Can gay dads have a surrogate child?

Future gay dads can consider surrogacy as an option in New Zealand, although no legal arrangement can be made with the surrogate mother prior to the birth of the child. Yet, only the biological father is likely to be named on the birth certificate.

Adoption in New Zealand

Access to general adoption

New Zealand is one the most advanced countries in the world regarding LGBT rights and LGBT people enjoy most of the same rights as the rest of the population. Individuals can have access to adoption regardless of their sexual orientation, though a man alone cannot adopt a female child. Since same-sex marriage was legalised in August 2013, LGBT married couples can now jointly adopt a child. Couples in civil union (legalised in 2005) or unmarried can also adopt jointly since 2015. LGBT rights in New Zealand, Adoption and Parenting / en.wikipedia.org

Step child adoption for same sex couples

Same-sex stepparent adoption is legal since 2013, along with same-sex marriage. wiki

Co-Parenting in New Zealand

Only 2 co-parents involved

The mother of a child from a donor can be considered as the sole guardian of the child, if she is not married during pregnancy. His consent is required to save another parent on the birth certificate.Child's father and mother usually joint guardians / Care of Children Act 2004: legislation.govt.nz

Gay and Lesbian parents: teara.govt.nz

More than 2 co-parents involved (e.g. 1 couple + 1 single or 2 couples)

Only 2 parents can be registered on a birth certificate. Parents, Guardians and Donors can make legal arrangement in order to establish parental roles in relation to the child.Making arrangements and resolving disputes / Care of Children Act 2004: legislation.govt.nz


Sperm donor & Co-Parenting Laws:

United States
New Zealand
South Africa

Want a baby:

Having A Baby Alone?
How to Prepare for Labor and Delivery
How Your Life Changes after Having a Baby
Will the Egg or Sperm Donor Baby Feel Like Mine?
Dating website for those who want kids

Lesbian & gay parenting:

Baby Options for Lesbian Couples

Sperm donors:

Becoming a Parent Thanks to Sperm Donors
Becoming a Sperm Donor
Find a Free Sperm Donor Online
Looking for a sperm donor?
Online Sperm Donations
Tips for telling your children about donor conception
Buy sperm online: How much does it cost?


Find a Co-Parent Match with Coparents.com
Find a Co-parent Match Online
What is co-parenting?
Raising a Child with a relative
What is platonic parenting?


Getting Pregnant
Use a Fertility Monitor to Conceive
Becoming Pregnant During Perimenopause
How to find dates and use pregnant dating sites
How Babies Are Made


Home Insemination Guide
Natural Insemination
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: What Is It?
How to Improve Artificial Insemination Success Rate
How many times should you try IUI before opting for IVF?

Sperm banks:

How Sperm Banks Work?
Private sperm banks in the USA
Sperm bank process: How does it work?
How Do They Collect Sperm at a Sperm Bank?


Sperm Quality and Mobility
Male Fertility Test
Egg Freezing in the US
10 Things to Try Before Undergoing a Fertility Treatment
Male fertility in decline: what you can do
14 Efficient Ways to Increase Sperm Count
How Many Eggs Does A Woman Have?
What is a female egg donor?


What is a surrogate?
What Questions to Ask When Looking for a Surrogate?



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