About Organ Donation New Zealand


The Donor Coordination Service was established in 1987 at Green Lane Hospital at the same time that heart transplantation began. In 2005, the service changed its name to Organ Donation New Zealand (ODNZ).

Today, Organ Donation NZ is part of NZ Blood Service and coordinates a 24 hour, national organ and tissue donation service.

We are a specialised team of doctors and nurses who are donor coordinators. Our primary responsibility is to co-ordinate the donation of organs and tissues from deceased donors in New Zealand for transplant units and tissue banks in New Zealand and sometimes Australia. The donor coordinators also provide information and on-going support for those families who have generously donated organs or tissues.

Organ Donation New Zealand staff work with health professionals throughout New Zealand providing education and training to ensure there are excellent, nationally consistent, processes for organ and tissue donation.

Guiding principles for Organ Donation New Zealand

What we do - the role of donor co-ordinators

A donor co-ordinator is available 24 hours a day to receive referrals of potential donors.

Following a family's agreement to donate, the donor co-ordinator requests medical information about the donor and liases with the transplant units and tissue banks.

Organ donation - the gift of life

Our logo consists of three interlacing circles. These represent the three key participants in the organ donation story - the donor, the family of the donor and the recipient.

The 'life circles' indicate the connection all three participants have with each other - the donor's gift of an organ, the family who gave permission for this process to occur in a time of incredible emotional stress, and the recipient who receives the organ because of this generosity.