Currently there is a petition through Change.org to ask the government of NZ to implement an Inquiry similar to that in Australia, to look into the issues of the Adoption Act 1955, and through this Inquiry to reform the Act so it is brought up to date and focuses on the needs of the child.
The petition message states:
"The New Zealand Adoption Act 1955 is an outdated piece of legislation that no longer reflects the needs of children requiring care outside their family. To date the New Zealand government through its Minister for Justice has consistently ignored requests and cries for it to reform this archaic legislation. There have been various parties lobbying for change, dating back to 1979; and in recent times, the request for an Inquiry to look into the way this legislation has impacted the families of those it was directed at, and how it still impacts the lives of those involved.To place your name on this petition, follow the link here and sign it. If you know anyone who has been affected by this Act and wants change, please forward the link to them.
We, the undersigned, call upon the government of New Zealand to immediately call an Inquiry similar to that which was enacted in Australia and use this Inquiry to overhaul and reform this outdated law."
The government believes wrongly this is a couple of cases here and there and thus there is no reason to take a more in depth look at the Act. This is despite the 1999 request to the Law Commission from then Minister of Justice Tony Ryall, to look into it, report on it and make recommendations. Following this report and the comprehensive list of recommendations, the government has since shoved the matter under the proverbial rug and chosen to forget about it, despite meetings with Ministers requesting change.
Regardless of whether you are pro/anti adoption, this is an important request because this Act does not actually take into account the best interests and welfare of children and is written from a bygone era where keeping your baby was simply not allowed - and this had nothing to do with a mother being abusive or unfit; in most cases she WAS fit and suitable however, the government had a different agenda. This attitude in the law has continued since 1955 and with it, brought devastating consequences.