Finding a live kidney donor

Some of your family members or friends may offer to donate to you.

Think carefully about all offers you receive. 

All donors must be over 18 years old and be in good health with two healthy kidneys. 

In New Zealand, it is illegal to pay people for donating a kidney.

Some people who have end-stage kidney disease will receive offers of a kidney from family and friends. It is OK to take your time to think about these offers.

Remember, generally:

  • it is safe for a healthy person to donate a kidney
  • a healthy person can live for the rest of their life with only one kidney
  • your live kidney donor will have a lot of medical checks to make sure it is safe for them to donate a kidney to you.