Abortion Services in New Zealand

Wairarapa DHB

Masterton District, Carterton District, South Wairarapa District

Licensed institutions

Wairarapa Hospital, Masterton

Street Address: Te Ore Ore Road, Masterton
Postal Address: PO Box 96, Masterton
Phone: (06) 946 9800
Facsimile: (06) 946 6959

Services provided

Abortion services in the Wairarapa region are provided by the Women's Clinic. All women from the region will be assessed at the Women's Clinic.

The clinic is free to Wairarapa residents and offers medical abortion for the first 9 weeks of pregnancy and surgical abortion for the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Women requriring abortion after 15 weeks will be referred from the Women's Clinic to the Te Mahoe Unit or if they wish to go to Wellington for privacy or other personal reasons.

Second trimester referrals are made to the Te Mahoe Unit Wellington Hospital for all grounds other than fetal anomaly, in which case woman are referred to the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Team at Wellington Women's Hospital.

First trimester


The patient can contact the clinic directly and self-refer or can access care via a GP referral.

The Women's Clinic, Selina Sutherland Unit, Wairarapa Hosptial, Te Ore Ore Road, Masterton
Phone: 0800 226 784
Facsimile: (04) 974 4817
Email reception@thewomensclinic.net.nz


One certificate may be provided by a local GP certifying consultant prior to referral but both can be provided by doctors from the Women's Clinic on the day of the appointment.



All women who book at the Women's Clinic will be offered counselling with the Social Work Department at Wairarapa Hospital. This service is free of charge to New Zealand residents and provides the opportunity to discuss the social and emotional aspects of the decision to terminate a pregnancy. This counselling session is optional, unless the woman is referred for surgical termination in Te Mahoe Unit, Wellington, where prior attendance at counselling is mandatory. Counselling is also available after the termination.

Social Work Department at Wairarapa Hospital, Masterton
Phone: (06) 946 9800 or 0800 946 9800 ext 5700
Facsimile: (06) 946 9837
Email: topreferrals@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz

The procedure for surgical termination

The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under local anaesthetic at the Women's Clinic, Palmerston North.

The procedure for medical termination

Early medical abortion service is available for women up to 9 weeks of pregnancy, who live within an hour's travel of Masterton and are living in a home situation where miscarriage is practical.

An appointment is made by telephoning the Women's Clinic. The first consultation is with a nurse who will discuss the situation and provide more information about options. The nurse will also organise some essential blood and swab tests. Ultrasound scanning is performed at the the clinic. This is followed by a consultation with the clinic doctor who will complete the assessment.

If an early medical abortion is appropriate the process can start on the same day as the first consultation.

The medications for the abortion (mifepristone and misoprostol) MUST be taken whilst the woman is at the clinic. Usually these will be taken simultaneously but if the patient prefers a space between doses this is an option. She will return home for the miscarriage to occur. This usually happens between 1 and 8 hours after taking the pills. In some cases she will need to return to the clinic within 48 hours for a further dose of medication (misoprostol) if the first dose  has failed to cause a miscarriage.


Follow-up is provided by the referring doctor or the operating doctor if preferred by the patient. Follow-up counselling is available through The Women's Clinic or the Social Work Department if needed.


The service is free for eligible patients.

The Women's Clinic services are free to all Wairarapa residents who are entitled to funded health care, as is abortion at Te Mahoe Unit, Wellington.

For non-residents, residents of other DHB regions and overseas visitors, medical and surgical abortion are available through the Women's Clinic at a cost of $950.

Second trimester - all grounds, other than fetal anomaly

Second trimester abortion services for non-fetal anomaly grounds are provided by the Te Mahoe Unit Wellington Women's Hospital. A one-day service is provided if women have all the correct referral information, including an ultrasound scan of their pregnancy.

Second trimester - fetal anomaly

Women who have pregnancies where fetal abnormalities are detected on ultrasound or by amniocentesis will usually be referred to the Fetal-Maternal Medicine Team at Wellington Women's Hospital for assessment. Termination of pregnancy can be organised by this team.

Social workers at Wairarapa Hospital, Masterton offer and recommend counselling for every patient.

DHB responsibilities

All District Health Boards are required to provide termination of pregnancy services "for those women who meet the criteria provided by the Crimes Act 1961 and the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977". See Ministry of Health. However they may not necessarily provide the services themselves. Accessing accurate, up-to-date and informative details about how individual District Health Boards provide these services, has been extremely difficult. The information provided here is the best that we have been able to obtain for this district to date. We will continue to update the website as we obtain further information.

Last Updated:16 October 2019