In 2005, over 400 Kiwis were waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. With Aotearoa having one of the worst donation rates in the Western world, The Waiting List asks medical professionals and everyday Kiwis why we, as a nation, would rather not donate our organs — even if it means saving someone else. Cultural beliefs, timing issues, hospital resources and family conflicts are the biggest contributors to New Zealand's lack of organ donations. The full-length documentary features parents and partners of organ donors —plus doctors and specialists offer their perspectives, from the other end of the operating table.
I will not donate. I've spelled it out quite clearly with my tamariki that no matter what the circumstances, that all of me will go.– Bella Morrell on refusing to donate her organs