Under NZ law the surrogate mother is the legal mother of the child.
This means that the child 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).
Before the process of surrogacy and adoption begins, the adoptive parents must contact Child Youth and Family Services and Department of Internal Affairs to ensure the process complies with all relevant New Zealand laws.
This answer was last updated on 7 March, 2013.
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