Donor Information

Donating blood.

Only 5% of New Zealand's adult population donate blood, yet around 142,000 New Zealanders will need blood and blood products each year..

Blood donors are always needed. You may wish to become a blood donor or you may be asked by patients or their family for more information.

The following are some of the criteria that apply if you wish to donate blood:

  • First time donors must be between 16 and 65 years of age.
  • Weigh at least 50 kg
  • Are in good health
  • Have not lived in the United Kingdom, France or Ireland between 1980 and 1996 for 6 months or more.

Prospective blood donors are required to be screened by answering a health questionnaire and having their haemoglobin level checked before donating blood.

The donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and, where necessary, HTLV, CMV, malaria and trypansomiasis.

If you would like further information, please call 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325)

Or have a look at our website for your nearest Donor Centre or Mobile Blood Drive.

You can make an appointment online or phone us for our opening hours as these do vary for different types of donations and from site to site.

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