The Ministry of Health provides a subsidy of $408.88 (GST incl) over a one year period for adults with temporary hair loss. This would normally cover the cost of scarves/hats/turbans or a synthetic wig.
If your wig costs more than this, you will need to pay the remainder. The subsidy can be claimed if you are a New Zealand citizen or ordinarily resident in New Zealand and if you are undergoing a treatment for breast cancer which causes hair loss. To claim the subsidy you will need a Medical Certificate with your NHI number from your breast cancer specialist or oncology nurse.
The Wigs and Hairpieces Service Payment (WHSP) is administered by HealthPac on behalf of the Ministry of Health and is paid directly to the supplier of the product(s) or to you, if you've already purchased the product. For more information on the wigs subsidy please visit: The Ministry of Health's Wigs Subsidy or contact the HealthPac enquiry line: Freephone 0800 458 448.
Your specialist team may provide you with a list of wig suppliers in your area. Or you can search our online directory (use "wigs' as the key word), or contact your local division of the Cancer Society for help. When you have chosen your wig or headwear, the supplier will make the claim to HealthPac for you or you can make it yourself if you prefer.
Suppliers and Stockists - for medical hair loss:
Wigs by Haircreations, Nationwide
‘Wigs by Haircreations' is the largest supplier of wigs for medical hair loss in New Zealand with 15 appointed Agents throughout the country. The agents are located in the following regions, cities and towns:
Northland: Hair Razing Design 09 438 7289
Waikato/Thames/Rotorua: Wigs by Haircreations (Hamilton)
Taupo: Jenny Mason 07 378 3223
Tauranga: Tudor Salon 07 578 6491
Gisborne: Judy Graham 06 867 4596
Hawkes Bay: Di's Hair and Beauty 06 835 8427
New Plymouth: Jane Moodie 06 757 4277
Hawera: Email for referral: firstname.lastname@example.org
Palmerston North: Wigs by Haircreations 06 355 2466
Wellington: Image Works 04 475 8185
Nelson: Stephanie Skeggs 03 548 0027
Blenheim: Paula Eve Lingerie 03 578 0273
Christchurch/Timaru: Hair Therapy 03 343 4093
Dunedin: Hair Care Market 03 4777 7390
Invercargill: Headquarters Hairdressing 03 218 2292
Wigs by Haircreations: Auckland head office Ph: 09 357 6159
Headwear specifically for people undergoing hair loss from cancer treatments.
$1 from each sale is given to the NZ Cancer Society.
Phone: 09 478 4456
Website: www.hairplus.co.nz Email: email@example.com
Jan's Wig Studio, Manurewa, Auckland
5 Gairloch Place, Mahia Park, Manurewa, 2103. Auckland
Phone: 09 268 8026
Splurgeville, Bayview, North Shore, Auckland - online only
Phone: 09 444 9249 or 021 254 6317
Website: www.splurgeville.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SSHairwear, Cambridge (Phone for appointment)
Freephone 0800774247 Phone: 027 367 7686
Freedom Wigs Ltd, Dunedin
PO Box 575, Dunedin 9054
62 Vogel Street
Phone: 03 477 7575
Website: www.freedomwigs.co.nz Email: email@example.com
Designer hats and headwear lovingly made in New Zealand for women suffering hairloss due to chemotherapy.
How to Donate Your Hair
If you would like to donate your hair, the company Freedom Wigs in Dunedin will give a donation to a charity of your choice. Your hair must be at least 14 inches (35.5 cm) long and cannot have bleached, dyed or permed. This is a fantastic programme, as your hair will improve the life of New Zealanders with alopecia, cancer-related baldness and other hair loss.
For further information, phone: 03 477 7575
Jessica's Wig and Beauty Salon is New Zealand's longest established wig and hairpiece specialist. We provide a warm, welcoming, caring service for women experiencing hair loss.
Address: 196 Point Chevalier Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland