29 Mar 2016

New Zealanders and surrogacy

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:29 pm on 29 March 2016
Newborn baby

Photo: Flickr user Bridget Coila / CC BY-SA 2.0)

A same-sex male couple from Auckland are caught up in a surrogacy-tangled web of red tape and deceit, leaving them stranded in Mexico with their three newborn children.

David and Nicky Beard had paid through an adoption agency for two surrogates to carry their children, but the money disappeared. It was never used – as intended – for medical and hospital bills.

Debbie Dunbar, a partner at law firm Rainey Collins, has written about this issue. She talks with Jesse Mulligan about New Zealand's surrogacy laws and why couples often look overseas for surrogates.

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