Where to go


Wanganui District, Rangitikei District, Ruapehu District (Waiouru and Waimarino Wards only)

There is no local abortion service in the Whanganui region.

All women can access surgical abortion at the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington up to 19 weeks of pregnancy

The First Step

To be referred, you can see a GP or Family Planning doctor. They will talk to you and organise some essential blood and swab tests, and then refer you for a counselling appointment. Once you have had counselling you will be referred to the Te Mahoe Unit in Wellington.


Counselling is a essential part of the process. It is the counsellor who will refer you for your abortion. As well as offering counselling they will also explain the process and options available to you. The counsellor is also available to you after you have been through the termination.

Medical Termination

Medical termination is not available to women in the Whanganui region.

Surgical Termination at the Te Mahoe Unit

The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under local anaesthetic (awake) up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.

For pregnancies between 14 and 19 weeks in performed under General Anaesthetic (asleep) as a day stay.

Follow up

Follow-up is provided by the referring doctor or the operating doctor if preferred by the patient. Follow-up counselling is available in the Social Work Department if needed.