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New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme

Mental Health & Addictions Service, Community Health


The New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme is a nationwide programme funded by the Ministry of Health.

We are a peer-based organisation, and committed to a health and human rights based service approach for people who use drugs.


Needle Exchange Programme

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Community / social support (AOD)


All of New Zealand

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral

Referral Process

The needle exchange programme consists of 21 dedicated exchanges, one being a mobile exchange, and 198 pharmacies and alternative outlets.

Click here to find your nearest needle exchange outlet.


Needle and syringe programmes are an important harm reduction intervention. In New Zealand they are commonly known as needle exchange programmes.

People who are injecting drugs can access needles, syringes and other equipment to support safe injecting practice and reduce risk of health related complications.

Needle exchanges also provide for the safe disposal of used needles and syringes.

We follow a harm reduction model based on empathy and a non-judgemental approach, working with people where they are at and however they understand their drug use. Injecting drug users frequently experience stigma and discrimination; this can often present a barrier to accessing services. As peers mainly staff our exchanges, we have an established credibility and trust within the community. Needle exchanges are therefore a safe space and an important source of information and advice.

Contact Details

To find your local outlet, please click here.

Postal Address

PO Box 22176
Christchurch 8140

This page was last updated at 9:14AM on May 12, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme.