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Number of international adoptions

I would like to request the number of international child adoptions approved in NZ, broken down by year for the last 10 years

Knowing how prevalent international adoption is in NZ

Response from
Department of Internal Affairs

Different agency responsible

Tēna koe, Thank you for your inquiry of 18 May 2021 via the website, requesting the following information under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act): - The number of international child adoptions approved in New Zealand, broken down by year, for the last 10 years. On 28 May 2021, your request was transferred to Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children (Oranga Tamariki) in accordance with section 14(b)(i) and (ii) of the Act as the information, or some of the information , is not held by the Department of Internal Affairs but believed to be held by Oranga Tamariki and the information, or some of the information, to which the request relates to is believed to be more closely connected with the functions of Oranga Tamariki. Oranga Tamariki has made the information contained in the link below publicly available on our website. Please find this link below. If you wish to discuss this response with us, please feel free to contact If you are not satisfied with this response, you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to review this decision. Information about this is available at or by contacting them on 0800 80 602. Nāku noa, nā

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