Sands New Zealand is a network of parent-run, non-profit groups across NZ supporting families who have experienced the death of a baby. We are non-judgmental and offer support for loss of a baby, infant or pregnancy no matter the gestation or circumstances. We have over 20 groups/contact people around the country.

All of the people involved in Sands give their time and energy voluntarily - we are not a government funded organisation. We do not have any paid staff. Most of our members/supporters are also bereaved parents.

We offer empathy and understanding. We are not counsellors and do not give professional advice but we do offer an opportunity and environment to share experiences, to talk and to listen.

We promote awareness, understanding and support for those dealing with the death of a baby in pregnancy, birth or as a newborn, and due to medical termination or other forms of reproductive loss. We are registered with the Charities Commission.

Each group is individual in the support they provide. This can include:

  • Peer Support Meetings
  • Hospital Support
  • Phone Support
  • One on One Support
  • Sands Support (Information) Packs
  • Certificate of Life
  • Moses Baskets
  • Inkless Print Kits
  • Library Books
  • Newsletters
  • Gift/Memory Items and Keepsakes

How do I access this service?

Contact us

Services Provided

Family / whānau, Mother and child / Māmā and pēpi


Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Central Auckland, Central Lakes, Hawkes Bay, Hutt, Lakes, MidCentral, Nelson Marlborough, North Auckland, Northland, Dunedin - South Otago, South Canterbury, Southland, Tairāwhiti, Taranaki, Waikato, Wairarapa, Waitaki, Wellington, West Coast, Whanganui


Contact Details

To find your local Sands Support Groups - please click here.

Postal Address

PO Box 136
Hamilton 3240

This page was last updated at 11:21AM on February 16, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Sands NZ.