The New Zealand Prostitutes Collective advocates for the rights, health and well-being of all sex workers.

NZPC wants sex workers to be empowered to have control over our own work and lives. We are run by current and former sex workers, for sex workers. Our services focus on workers rights, HIV and STI prevention, and education. We also provide safer sex supplies to sex workers, including condoms, water-based lubricant and dams, as well as sexual health checkups at our community bases.

We provide specific information to people who are thinking about sex work or have just started. There is also information for more experienced sex workers. If you are a sex worker, we would love to hear from you, whatever your background. We have community bases throughout New Zealand.

NZPC has long been at the forefront of reforming the law for sex workers. We helped draft the Prostitution Reform Act which decriminalised sex work in New Zealand, and built support for it as it passed into law.

On this site is a timeline of moments in NZPC’s history, which is an important part of New Zealand’s recent history, too. NZPC provides expert advice to those with an interest in law and policy surrounding sex work in New Zealand. We are also a crucial point of liaison between government and non-government civil society, and the sex industry.

More about our mission

At our core, NZPC works toward securing rights for sex workers. We believe that it is crucial that sex workers take control of our working conditions as much as possible, and to set the direction of any policies designed to meet our needs. In doing so, we  aim to meet the following objectives:

  • To involve sex workers in all functions of the NZPC.
  • To ensure sex workers can make informed decisions to enhance our occupational safety and health.
  • To provide information and support to sex workers that enables us to work safely and in supportive, safe environments.
  • To overcome barriers that impact negatively on the rights, health, and well being of sex workers.
  • To assist sex workers to find strategies to overcome situations that are detrimental to our occupational safety and health.
  • To provide balanced information to people considering sex work, and to people who have recently entered sex work.
  • To liaise with government and non-government agencies that engage with sex workers, and to assist these agencies to do so in an effective, culturally appropriate, way.
  • To liaise with government and non-government agencies on issues related to sex work that will result in better conditions for sex workers.
  • To provide support to people under the age of 18.
  • To provide operators of brothels with information that explains their obligations.