Welcome to the Organ Donation New Zealand website
Our website has been designed to provide you with information about organ and tissue donation in New Zealand and to answer any questions you might have.
We invite you to look through our website and should you require additional information or would like to talk with someone about donation, please contact us.
We would then encourage you to talk with your family about donation.
Read personal stories about organ donation and transplantation here.
Guiding principles for Organ Donation New Zealand
Every opportunity for deceased organ donation should be recognised by ICU staff and every family should have donation discussed with them by a health care professional with compassion, respect and appropriate knowledge and skill.
The process of organ donation must accord with good medical practice, ethical standards, and the law. The Human Tissue Act (2008) requires consent before organs or tissue may be removed from a deceased person for transplantation.
All families should be offered the option of donation irrespective of whether the word 'donor' is on the driver licence.
The family’s decision about donation should always be respected because all donors come out of human tragedy and because donation by the family is voluntary.
Key facts on the work of Organ Donation New Zealand
ODNZ is responsible for all deceased organ donation in New Zealand. It is not responsible for live donation, transplantation or organ allocation.
ODNZ is focused on the 24 public hospital intensive care units because that is where deceased organ donors and their families are.